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July, 24, 2014

Think About It: Sinkholes Among Us

A few random sinkhole thoughts heading into the weekend…

Sometimes it's hard to differentiate among candidates when you have an intra-party contest, much like we have on the Democratic side in the races for governor, the U.S. Senate, and U.S. House seat in the 1st Congressional District. Ah, but that's your job- to find the nuances and differences between the candidates to help you make an educated decision, even if you consider all of the political ads to be one big sinkhole.  Listen carefully to the messages during debates, find the voting records to look for consistency or flip flopping. In two weeks, you'll get to make a choice that will decide who moves to the general election, and the choices will surely impact Hawaii for years to come.

And if you think the political posturing is just a sinkhole of promises and pontifications, well, we had a real sinkhole form at the entrance to Kailua town, which has now been repaired. Just recently I mentioned that aging infrastructure under our streets seems to result in water or sewer line breaks regularly, and this windward side sewer pipe denigration luckily did not cause any serious damage or injury, but the problems we see in Honolulu are surely replicated with aging sewer, water, and power lines throughout the state. Hopefully, the oldest and/or most rundown pipes and wires are familiar to those in charge, and proactive measures will help to ensure that we don't have major preventable problems down the road… or in the road.

And keep this number in mind- 15,000. That's how many people mass transit project coordinators estimate will use the rail system daily at Honolulu International Airport. The fact that the train won't go all the way into Waikiki is apparently not of major concern in these usage projections. Arriving visitors will take the Wiki Wiki bus to baggage claim, lug their bags onto the train, and then transfer to another bus at Ala Moana Center to get them to their hotel… at which point they'll need a vacation. Even adding in possible rail usage by airport employees, that still sounds like a lot of people boarding the train every day at the airport, but 15,000 is just one of the numbers we can look at in the coming years to judge the relative success of this massive project, which hopefully won't be considered a sinkhole. Think about it… 

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