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Don Chapman
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November 09, 2011 - MidWeek
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Living green

Since I have received so many positive comments on the 55th annual Parade of Homes cover story featuring the innovative young leaders of our residential construction industry, I wanted to personally thank your awesome MidWeek team for a great story. The BIA Parade of Homes, a signature Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA) event and island fall tradition, began in 1956 with five featured building materials supplier entries.

This year, our Open Houses were an array of new homes offering a green “Sustainable Lifestyle ... Sustainable Homes” theme. The cover story with McKibbin Mist, Tracy Nagata and Jason Tanaka brought to life the great opportunities for living green in Hawaii today. Our goal was to showcase growing trends in new home design and residential construction that support an environmentally responsible and modern family lifestyle. This year’s green generation of homes featured designs with energy efficient features, technological innovations and the latest trends in sustainable living. On behalf of BIA-Hawaii, thank you to MidWeek for helping thousands of people discover the latest trends in sustainable living while touring homes created by our newest “green” generation of leaders.

Karen T. Nakamura,
Building Industry Association of Hawaii

Waikiki droogs?

In his Oct. 19 column, Bob Jones lamented the existence of street vendors in Waikiki and uncontrolled fishermen at sea, concluding that we must not tolerate “droogs.”

I viddied that most horror show of movies from which the term comes, A Clockwork Orange, and must give my opinion of his use of the word.

Alex DeLarge and his droogs were not peddlers or beggars, they were thugs and rapists. They were interested in tolchocking, not tchochkes. If one ever offered to be your puka shell tour guide, it would be only to mug you the moment you were around the first corner. It is wholly insulting to the nonviolent sidewalk vendors and panhandlers in Waikiki to be compared to the sociopaths that made up Alex’s droogs.

I am happy to say that in all the times I have visited Waikiki in a group, alone, for work, for fun, sober and drunk I have yet to run into a single droog. Never had to face down some britva-wielding bratchny, not once. Indeed, I am quite satisfied with the quality of law enforcement in Waikiki.

And with no laws against street selling, the police have no authority to remove the street vendors. I’d just like to say thank you to the Police Department for ensuring that there are no droogs in Waikiki, and boo to Bob Jones for writing such a piece.

Danny Ishii

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