Hotels really do work together in Waikiki. When I was “out there” really “running ’em hard” on drugs, every day an adventure, every now and then I would hook up with a guy who could still afford a hotel room. There were times we’d reach the check in, and the hotel staffers somehow knew what we were all about. They’d reach under the counter and pull out a clipboard with a list of names on a sheet of paper. Every hotel had a list of people unwelcome at any hotel in Waikiki. They did not know me by name, but they always recognized the guy and they had no Aloha when they told us to leave. By the time we had walked to the next hotel, that hotel had already been called by the first hotel. There was no checking into any hotel on Kalakaua Avenue or 2 star Kuhio Avenue for that matter. Occasionally the restriction only applied to one hotel chain, but usually it was meant for oh, probably the entire state. I don’t know what qualified a person to get on the list, and I don’t know how long person stayed on the list, but I do know that there was no arguing with the list. Not exactly due process compliant but they were never wrong about me and my intentions for the use of their space.
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There are definite benefits with the coconut wireless even on an island as populated as ours. The coconut wireless, for the non locals, is our word of mouth information distribution system. I think Oahu is to crowded already. If I could I would move to someplace like Moloka’i where everyone knows you aren’t local to the area. I am sure Moloka’i doesn’t want new residents. To keep that special way of life it’s “come visit but go home”. I’d miss Costco but there is comfort in knowing the people around you or just a degree of separation in knowing someone who would know a person. Right now I probably have 3 degrees of separation for the majority of the island being born and raised here. It helps to be networked and can be a detriment with unfavorable information.
I love my island. I like to think of the benefits of our community and just be aware of the pitfalls. This island is still too small to be bad to people and not have others aware of it. I am happy it’s like that. I’d be happier still if we all were just better to each other.