Hāwanawana means to whisper. There is a whisper campaign being promoted by our governor to report people that violate the COVID19 Lockdown rules. A whispering campaign is a method of persuasion in which damaging rumors or innuendo are spread about a person, while the source of the rumors seeks to avoid being detected while spreading them.
Essentially, what the Governor and Mayor of Honolulu is to snitch on their friends, neighbors and anyone they think are violating the lockdown orders. The is will summon the COVID19-COPS to issue citations and even arrest people for standing in parks, sitting on the beach, and not wearing a face mask when outside.
Gov. David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the new order, which they call “Act With Care — Do Not Gather,” at a news conference last Thursday afternoon. Sounds more like, “You Will Respect My Authority”.
It mandates that all 303 city-run parks and 18 state-operated sites on the island will be closed.
People will be allowed to “traverse” in and out of the ocean if they are engaging in water activities, but no activities will be allowed in parks or on beaches, Caldwell said. This doesn’t make any sense. Isn’t going in and out of the ocean an activity?
People have said they’ve been approached by the COVID19-COPS if they’re walking towards the water. People shower leaving the water. They’re being timed and spied on by how long they shower and how fast they leave the park.
“We need to clamp down as hard as possible on large, uncontrolled gatherings,” Caldwell said.
Running, jogging, walking and biking through the parks won’t be allowed. What about through the neighborhoods? What is the difference?
The closures include all pools, playgrounds, courts, fields, exercise equipment, dog parks, skate parks, the Koko Crater tramway and the People’s Open Markets. However, golf courses can remain open. Park showers and restrooms will remain open. Do your business and then leave.
The Governor and Mayor of Honolulu never said anything about the homeless living in Hawai’i. The homeless don’t wear face masks and they neither do they social distance. They live in the parks and beaches and they’re still there. They use the same facilities such as the showers and public restrooms at the public beaches. So if they get arrested, then the homeless are guaranteed three meals, a cot and a place to squat.
Hawaii’s Homeless: Estimated to be around 15,000 homeless individuals in Hawai’i. 1,500 – 2,000 chronically homeless individuals (“Chronically homeless = Have been homeless for more than 6 months + mental and/or physical health conditions)
The city’s order runs from 12:01 a.m. Saturday through midnight Sept. 4, essentially the next four weeks, although the end date may change depending on the circumstances, city officials said. If the past is a guide towards the future, then we’re going to be in lockdown for the unforeseeable future.
Imagine it’s a super hot day in Honolulu. It can get into the upper 90’s in the concrete jungle city and muggy. You stop in the shade by a tree in a park to rest awhile, and the COVID19-COPS get a call.
Welcome to the Land of Aloha. You’re Under Arrest For Violating COVID19 Lockdown Orders. You’ll spend the night in the luxurious Hale Paʻahao (Jail) and receive a non-refundable $5,000 charge for your stay.
So much for the Land of Aloha. We’re now the land of lockdowns and whispers. Where you can tattle on your family, friends and neighbors in confidence. The long term consequences of this lockdown is going to be extremely painful for local people. the Mayor and Governor don’t care, they get paid anyway.
Today’s weather started with morning sunshine followed by sunshine and cool tradewinds. We got only a 1/8 inch of rain in the gauge overnight. Temperatures are in the 80’s with humidity at 76%.
Kēia Ka Lā ʻAukake ʻEiwa ʻUmi Kūmākahi