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April 10, 2014

Think About It: When Things Take Forever

To say vital projects sometimes move slowly in Hawaii would be an understatement. While we cherish our more leisurely pace of life here, sometimes it precludes getting things done. Projects take longer than planned to finish at real cost- and its often treated like no big deal. As the completion nears for the Clarence T.C. Ching athletics complex on UH's lower campus, an assessment of why there were delays of one year and a $3-million over-age on costs was somehow deflected by suggestions that there could have been better communication along the way.

Really? Adults in charge who saw the clock ticking and costs rising couldn't figure that out before the NCAA got concerned and ultimately, the costs rose $3-million over budget and the project took an extra 12-months to complete? But apparently, that's just another "whatevah". We've gotten good or perhaps just numb here in simply accepting dysfunction like this. Another example of our passive nature came when I read just how little has been done to create the vital infrastructure needed to allow Kalaeloa (formerly Barbers Point Naval Air Station) to grow and prosper. Oh yeah, the Navy moved out 15-years ago.

The City of Honolulu and State of Hawaii can't get together on basics like roadways and sewer issues, according to an eye-opening article in Pacific Business News. One city official was quoted as saying, "In a way, it's nobody's fault." He went on to then place blame on rules in place today. Rules made by people in charge at some point. And so Kalaeloa, like the Waikiki Natatorium, Blaisdell Arena, and the windward Stairway to Heaven continue to devolve, because not enough people care to resolve issues, make decisions, and move forward. When things move a bit slowly here ostensibly to ensure they're done right, that's sold as common sense and sensible caution. But far too often, things simply don't get done due to bureaucratic intransigence, lack of passion, and covering-one's-butt syndrome. It's not a pretty side of paradise. Think about it…

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