HANALEI on Kauai must be the most beautiful spot in the universe. Seen from the bay, a waterfall seems to plunge from the peak of Mount Waialeale toward a perfect semicircle of blue water and white sand ringed with ironwoods. It is improbably spectacular. Similarly strange but true were two recent items from Hanalei.
Too strange to be untrue
The first was about Don Schultz, an insurance investigator who mainly works on cases all over the mainland but has lived in Princeville since 1989. According to Schultz, with today's computers and jet air travel, it doesn't matter where he lives -- so why not at Hanalei?
Schultz is a prototype for what could be the perfect new Hawaii resident: a location-independent skilled professional. For example, a doctor friend jokes that soon the world will need only six radiologists and they all ought to live in Hawaii. What a great, low-impact way to bring dollars into our economy.
The second item described a demonstration by opponents of commercial boating on Hanalei Bay -- an emotionally charged but largely dead issue. They greeted United's first direct San Francisco-Kauai flight since Hurricane Iniki. ''It makes us feel unwelcome,'' said one passenger. ''It's really sad,'' said another.
Exercising First Amendment rights is every citizen's privilege, but timing is everything. Until we have thousands of Don Schultzes spending substantial salaries in our marketplace, can we afford to be so boneheaded?
John Flanagan is editor and publisher of the Star-Bulletin.
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