Archive for ‘Travel’

July 4, 2020

Gov. Ige, Lt. Gov. Green – Are We Trying to Make O’ahu Another Amity Island?

by Cliff Bailey

Amity. Definition of: “FRIENDSHIP especially: friendly relations between nations // an era of international amity”.

Amity Island: “a fictional island located off the coast of New England, and is the main setting of the Jaws franchise.

In Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, JAWS, the small Amity Island community, off the coast of New England, is beset by a maneating great white shark. The island’s brand new chief of police, Martin Brody, is responsible for public safety and ends up enlisting the help of Matt Hooper, an oceanographer who specializes in sharks.

Brody’s first big challenge is getting the local government to do what is necessary to keep the shark from killing more people: closing the beaches until the shark is dealt with. This is unheard of as Amity’s primary source of economic activity is summer tourism and Brody and Hooper are trying to get the beaches closed at the very beginning of summer.

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June 30, 2020

Have Hawaii Residents Taken Tourists for Granted?

Many Hawaii residents and locals tend to avoid Waikiki due to the congested roads of tourists. They fill beaches, hikes, and restaurants, crowding some of the locals’ favorite spots. However, Hawaii residents are starting to regret saying they want Hawaii tourist-free. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that started in March, Hawaii is experiencing a plummet in the economy due to a large decrease in tourism. Since then, Governor David Ige has imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantine on all travelers to the islands, visitors, or not. This act has since caused an overwhelming lack of tourism in Hawaii leading to unemployment skyrocketing. With residents suffering from the loss of money from tourism, many are in desperate need of the tourism industry to reopen. Due to the suffering of many unemployed residents, tourism in Hawaii needs to reopen so the economy doesn’t suffer and jobs are given back.

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June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Impact on Tourism and How Hawaii Should Recover

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 8.58.05 PMIn late March, the state of Hawaii’s tourism industry stopped due to travel restrictions. Governor Ige invoked a temporary quarantine that has halted all tourism in the nation from traveling to Hawaii without a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The travel restrictions started in March, requiring all travelers, including residents, that arrive on any island of Hawaii to self-quarantine for 14 days. Like the continental United States, businesses in Hawaii closed their doors as a result of the restriction implemented due to COVID-19.

June 24, 2019

Travel the World Safely by Being Croc-wise

Do you like to travel? Are you fully equipped with the knowledge to keep both you and your family safe while you adventure through new areas? How does the tiny nation of Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor sound? Former Portuguese colony, Timor-Leste is located northwest of Australia in the Timor sea. It is a rather special vacation destination as it is ringed by coral reefs and teeming with marine life.

There are 23 living crocodilian species recognized and they’re found in over 90 countries in the world and surrounding islands. Almost all people will travel to at least one of these 90 countries in their lifetime, so being informed about crocodiles should be important to everyone.

Almost 37% of the Timor-Leste population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 USD per day, 50% of the population is illiterate and the population is currently facing lots of problems with development, economic and political issues. Among these, environmental issues regarding crocodiles is becoming more and more alarming as people keep disappearing.

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June 29, 2018

The Next Gold Rush Won’t Be For Gold

The year was 1848. It was the Monday of January 24th. Anyone familiar with that date? Anyone? Well, it is not an entirely well-known date in American history, or history at all for that matter, unless you are one of the lucky people with an incredible memory for dates. Everyone knows those people. It’s the people who never forget your birthday even though you haven’t talked with them since freshman year of high school, fourteen years ago. It’s the people who know exactly when Memorial Day is versus Labor Day, because let’s be honest, most of us tend to mix the two up. Back to the point however, unless you have an incredibly sharp memory with history, you probably do not recall January 24th, 1848, so allow me to clue you in. January 24th, 1848 was the day Foreman James W. Marshall was working for Pioneer John Sutter up in Coloma, a town about an hour away from California’s capital, Sacramento. While working at Sutter’s Mill, Marshall found a shiny metal in the tailrace of the mill that he was building for Sutter on the American River. Is the memory coming back to you now? No? Well, fear not, I will continue. That shiny metal piece that good ole’ James W. Marshall had found ended up being the beginning of a hunt, of a quest, of a pursuit. For that shiny piece of metal was a man’s ticket to a life full of riches. That shiny piece of metal was gold, and it began what was called the California Gold Rush. 

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June 29, 2018

How Environmental Stewardship Saves Our Coral Reefs

diving-1808717_1920By Eve Berlinsky

Our current geological age has notably been titled the Anthropocene period. Anthropocene means “human caused,” and refers to humanity’s often detrimental influence on the planet that we all call home. This ranges from our impacts on the ocean to the rainforests to the atmosphere to anything else on this planet. There is little to no place on this earth that has not been affected by people in some way. For now, I will focus on the biggest and oldest thing humans have put at risk- the coral reefs.

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June 26, 2018

Your Daily Coffee Is About To Get Roasted

Many are familiar with the name Al Gore. The 45th Vice President of the United States of America. Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election. Divorcee of his high school sweetheart. 1969 Army enlistee. Well now I’m getting off track. The point is, most have heard the name Al Gore at some point in their lives, whether they lived through his vice-presidential terms, or they have heard his name on the news when topics of climate change are brought up. Regardless, Al Gore was ahead of his time. He argued on the existence of climate change and the obligation we have to bring it under control, even winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. However, even now, eighteen years after he served as the Vice President and fought for the country to gain a control on climate change, many still do not believe that climate change is a problem that affects them.

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August 10, 2017

The Rail Is A Fail

Oahu, Hawaii is ranked number one for the worst traffic in the nation.This horrible traffic is due to having limited road space, a high population, and the amount vehicles almost equalling the amount of people on the island. That means for every one person there is one vehicle.When having almost as much vehicles as the state’s population, this creates problems due to the roads not being able to sustain that many cars. This problem had led to our government to finding the best possible solution, which is to build a rail transit.

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August 15, 2015

The Naked Truth behind the Backpackers in their Birthday Suits

naked-trip_3314697kby Esther Ng

It took several hours. I had believed them when they told me that oxygen thinned as you went higher in altitude, but I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of first-hand experience. It took nearly twenty breaks in between scaling the smooth slab of rocks to eventually reach the base of the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu—Low’s Peak, or so it was named. On my left was South Peak, the second highest peak whose image is emblazoned on Malaysia’s hundred ringgit note. My breathing was difficult and shallow, and I thought, for probably the hundredth time that day, that any hopes of scaling Mount Everest were an immediate shutdown.

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August 15, 2015

Cecil the Lion: a Distraction From Substantial Issues


By Chase Parongao

Think back to a time when you went to the zoo. Wasn’t it amazing to see such beautiful creatures right before your eyes?  I remember being so intrigued by the wide array of animals that roamed the grass, swung from trees, swam in ponds, and relaxed under the shade.  The best part was reading about the animals’ lives – where they were born, what they eat, where their natural habitat is, and finding out their name.  It was like no other experience. 

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August 14, 2015

That Ever Growing Fear

downloadIt is getting late. The sky is turning that beautiful pink as the sun sets. And I’m nowhere near where I need to be. So what do I do? I call Uber—a taxi company.

The Uber driver arrives, and I get into the large, black SUV. The driver takes little notice of me, except to ask the question as to where I’m going. There’s a slight smell of Taco Bell—his dinner I’m assuming. I’m thinking should I strike up a conversation or just sit here awkwardly? If I start a conversation, then I can find out more about this guy, incase anything bad happens and I can tell the police. Hmm…

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May 7, 2014

Too Old to Drive?

car-driver-996590-mObtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage for most American teenagers – with this, comes the saying that one can be “too young to drive.” Accidents and fatalities caused by elderly drivers within the past year have shed light onto whether we should set a maximum age restriction similar to how we impose a minimum for a driver’s permit or license.

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April 24, 2014

The Plane is not the Only Thing Missing

ID-100159480“I told them mummy’s going to take a bit longer to come home this time,” Lee Khim Fatt, a father of two young children, told reporters. “I even promised them I’m going to bring her home,” he added. “ I don’t know where she really is right now, and I am not sure whether I could bring her back.”

Lee’s wife is one of the flight attendants aboard the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Bound for Beijing, the flight lost communication and vanished halfway through the journey in the early hours of March 8.

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December 17, 2013

Cell Phones Should Be Allowed on Airplanes

ID-100159480Traveling to other parts of the world is always exciting, but sitting on an airplane for hours is not fun at all. The best way to overcome the boredom of flying is to play games or watch movies. In October, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed airlines to expand the use of personal electronics. Passengers are now able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos during takeoffs and landings. Turning off electronics is no longer mandatory, but connecting to the Internet remains prohibited at altitudes below 10,000 feet. Since most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices, should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allow airlines to let their passengers use cell phones on airplanes?

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