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post #13 of Old 01-07-2013
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Re: (Not so) Secret Spot in Hawaii

On the one hand, I understand the 'no more room in the lifeboat' syndrome of some very popular islands. French Polynesia has had to deal with a long-running problem of people getting there somehow, and due to the wonderful climate and easy style of life, never wanting to ever leave again. Most don't bring the money with them that a Robert Louis Stevenson or Marlon Brando did.

In traditional societies with limited resources, everything is already allocated, and there's already some friction, familial, clan, and tribal, between the native folk themselves. See Fiji and those Kanaks the British imported.

However, an hostile attitude toward folk who may not be there for more than 90 days will make an unemployment situation worse and spread bad word-of-mouth. That's what Hawaii probably needs, a 90-day 'visa' which will immediately put your boat into a transient slip, with some sort of process for applying for a longer stay - if one invests in hiring locals or gets a tax-paying job.

The subtext to your post I read is, don't sail nowadays to Hawaii unless you already have personal friends there who can 'hook you up' with some sort of clandestine deal. Or, bring lots of money so monthly envelopes can be passed under the table.

Nice mermaid. Celebrations of pulchritude is the sort of thing every garden needs.
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