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A Man, A Plan, An Island: Lanai
August 2013

Senior editor David Thompson took an inside look at Larry Ellison’s Lanai, to see how the tech billionaire has set out to transform the Pineapple Isle into a “laboratory for sustainability.”

After spending some vacation time on the island, I can see where it could use some development. It’s a quaint little island and we had a peaceful, quiet stay there, but I think it needs some
infrastructure development for residents and additional attractions, shops and homes. It will be interesting to see what Ellison comes up with.
—Douglas Barrow • Houston, Texas (via Facebook)

A laboratory for sustainability?! Self sustainability. Native peoples have been doing, living and practicing this concept since the creation of life on Earth. Instead of scientists and reseachers, how about conversations with mahiai, lawaia and the kuaaina? I can guarantee we will learn multitudes. … If you choose to move and live on Lanai, then you choose and live the lifestyle as well! If you are from Chicago, leave Chicago there. We need to create “the commandments of living on Lanai,” lol.
—Makani Tabura (via Facebook)


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Get Ready
October 2013

We examined a variety of worst-case scenarios to see how Hawaii would fare in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and pandemics.

At a time when so many fears are in the air and so many of them are unfounded, “The Scary Issue” of HONOLULU Magazine reached a ridiculous new low for fear-mongering. Watch out for that asteroid! Aaaaah, killer bees! And just because tornados have never killed anyone in Hawaii does not mean we can relax. From the bottom of my trembling heart I would like to say “Huh?” to Tiffany Hill, David Thompson, Katrina Valcourt and the editors of this publication, who have magically managed to make small hazards appear huge and huge hazards (such as obesity, poverty and domestic violence) disappear.
—David T. Johnson, professor of sociology, UH Manoa

Thank you for publishing your October cover article “Get Ready.” I think you and staff presented the problems well. A few people may even heed the warnings and prepare for the next hurricane or other disaster, though I doubt that enough will to make a big difference. Except to themselves, of course. They will be a lot better off.
—Tom Bosworth, Aiea, Hawaii

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