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For some it's a dream come true; for others, Waikiki's a nightmare

By Rob Perez

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Even with clogged traffic, closed streets and other security hassles affecting parts of Waikiki, Florida visitor Danielle Melton, 25, has been living a dream the past two days.

She got married at the foot of Diamond Head on Friday — 11/11/11 — and on Saturday, she and her new husband, Montie Melton, 35, had wedding photos taken with their 14-month-old daughter, Lillian.

"This has been my dream for the past 10 years," Danielle said shortly before climbing into a limousine for a ride to the photo shoot.

For Oregon resident Inna Nepochatov, 27, the past couple days have been just the opposite: a nightmare of delays and security headaches. Others have complained as well.

"There are angry tourists everywhere," she said.

The anger has been triggered by an unprecedented level of security in Hawaii's busiest tourist district the past two days, thanks to the presence of many of the world's leaders here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

On Saturday, police officers, Secret Service agents and Hawaii Army National Guard members were visible throughout the area. So were concrete barriers, orange traffic cones and temporary fencing surrounding a restricted area of less than a square mile on the Ewa end of Waikiki. Military Humvees and police cars also were prominent on the streets, along with a checkpoint where bomb-sniffing dogs and equipment were used to inspect vehicles.

Along the shoreline, at least two temporary security towers were erected, while an inflatable boat with four armed officers patrolled the nearby Ala Wai Canal. Off the Hilton, two Coast Guard vessels were stationed, ensuring no one ventured into the restricted waters.

For some tourists and residents, the heavy security was understandable to ensure the safety of the many dignitaries in town, including President Barack Obama.

"I think it's the right thing to do," said Waikiki resident Parke Pendleton, 51, who was spending the afternoon on the beach with his wife, Fumie, 43, and their 3-year-old son, Kai. "We would not look very good if something bad happens to any of these people. It's an inconvenient but necessary evil."

But for Nepochatov, the hassles were too much.

On Friday night, a short walk from Kalakaua Avenue to the Ilikai Hotel, where she's staying, turned into a nearly two-hour ordeal because of restrictions in place for Obama's arrival at the Hilton Hawaiian Village next door. She had her sleeping 17-month-old baby, Isabella, with her.

At one point, she was told by an armed agent that she couldn't take a shortcut through a park because "there are snipers in there everywhere," Nepochatov said.

Alabama resident and first-time visitor James Neveu, 47, who is on a two-month work assignment in Hawaii with his wife, Genevieve, 46, was among those who criticized the security measures as unorganized. A drive of less than five miles from the Iwilei Costco to the Ilikai took 31⁄2 hours Friday afternoon, partly because Neveu was rerouted several times by security. Normally, that drive would take about 15 minutes in light traffic.

When the Neveus went to a Hilton swimming pool to visit friends, agents used metal-detecting wands to search them.

The security hassles, he said, contributed to his souring on Hawaii. "I'm never coming back here, never, ever," Neveu said.

But Melton, the newlywed, said Hawaii will forever remain the place where her dream came true.






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LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Alabama resident and first-time visitor James Neveu, 47 said, "The security hassles, he contributed to his souring on Hawaii. "I'm never coming back here, never, ever." Rather shortsighted I think. Perhaps his planning this trip was slightly off. He should have checked the dates before booking to see if there would be anything that might mar his holiday. In this case, I would have to say, "Stay home then!"
on November 13,2011 | 02:52AM
bender wrote:
Do you really believe the travel agent who arranged his trip would know or even bother to tell the custoemr there might be a conference in Hawaii when he gets there? I doubt it.
on November 13,2011 | 04:49AM
harley1 wrote:
read the article - he's on a two month work assignment - on someone else's dime. What in the world would somone from all places such as Alabama be doing in Hawaii for two months unless it was government related? I bet it's a lot of fun living out of a hotel room and suitcase for 2 months!
on November 13,2011 | 05:24AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
What's a travel agent?
on November 13,2011 | 08:38AM
Kauikalewa wrote:
A disgruntled patron will tell their story at least 21 times by marketing standards compared to celebrations of 7 reports for satisfied customers. Multiply the disappointed tourists times a minimum of 21 retells, that's a considerable damage report. Further the APEC planning was on the calendar way before the event. What kept disgruntled talent from moving in prior to all of the security modes? The gate keepers should have been TSA and Immigrations. CIA should be doing their advance analysis to keep undesirables off the rock. How do they ever manage all of this for Congress, DC and NYC United Nations without closing down the village? None of this show impressed anyone to return to Hawai`i. Contract workers come to Hawai`i to do security work for the Federal Government. None of this show made any sense.
on November 13,2011 | 07:56AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I thought the number was 10.5 per-person? 21 makes sense for restaurants and bars because you assume on average there are two people per reservation... I also thought that the "7 reports per customer" was really "1 out of 7 will tell others of their positive experience"...
on November 13,2011 | 10:25AM
Meleana22 wrote:
Please re-read the article, " Neveu is on a two-month work assignment in Hawaii..."
on November 13,2011 | 08:05AM
tiki886 wrote:
...from bare-balls, Alabama.
on November 13,2011 | 01:29PM
waikiicapt wrote:
There was much publicity regarding the upcoming APEC event in our local media...because it was a local event. But do you really think that in every other state and city in the nation that this event garnered as much attention as anything else going on locally in towns all across America? C'mon, be real. I'm certain the average travel agent couldn't even tell you what APEC is, much less where it will be next year or when or how long it will last. This whole event was an expensive (to our city and state governments) endeavor that will cost us taxpayer a lot of money. Much of which will NOT be reimbursed. It has caused a lot of inconvenience to both tourists and locals. Even the SA noted in yesterday's paper that the 'projected higher revenues' that APEC was supposed to bring to local retailers, may not be seen after all. In fact, many businesses have complained that higher security measures have cost them revenues that they will never regain. With regard to "promotion" of Hawaii to other people around the world an especially to new "tourist" marketing...look around. I haven't seen much at all in the way of "marketing" Hawaii at all...certainly NOT like the Pro Bowl or other sporting events. This is a political event and the word "Hawaii" or Honolulu are hardly mentioned more than once or twice in any articles in papers across the US. There are not a lot of visuals either. Media people are covering the substance of the talks, not how pretty the beach is. This event was touted by local government officials as being a great thing for Hawaii residents. Really? I think Hawaii residents will have a much different feeling about APEC when they have all (thankfully) picked up and left town. I for one am glad it's almost over. It has been a huge inconvenience for my business.
on November 13,2011 | 08:51AM
slink wrote:
I respectfully disagree with your comment about Hawai'i coverage. I was watching a lengthy national news report and the lead reporter was obviously reporting from a Waikiki balcony - palms trees, the beach, and a beautiful blue sky above. We are getting good press.
on November 13,2011 | 03:37PM
maya wrote:
I disagree with you. I am a political news junkie, and since the weather here is bad in Seattle, I have been at home doing house projects with the cable news on. There has been minmal coverage, with the exception of Obama's news conferance today. I do not think this news conferance today is going to make people rush to Hawaii on vacation. Hawaii got a bum deal with APEC. It was a vanity trip for the politicians only.Starting with Abercrombie.
on November 13,2011 | 06:25PM
maya wrote:
I do not know if this comment is going to go through as this paper is being run by incompetants, but here goes ( my second attempt)- I live in the mainland.I have had the cable news on for days, as I have been staying at home, working on some projects. With the exception of the press conferance Obama had today, there has been no coverage of APEC. The press conferance lasted maybe 40 minutes. Was that worth the expense? Ok, lets see if this comment goes through. I give it a 50/50 chance. Star Advertiser is lame, lame, lame I may cancel my subscription.
on November 13,2011 | 06:48PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Another solution is to stay at another hotel. For example the Best Western near HIA, or Honolulu International Airport, is kind of away from the hustle and bustle. The biggest factor may have been to introduce the Pacific leaders to our "Hawaiian Sense of Place", namely The Hawaii Convention Center". That said, "the customer is 99 percent" right and the people in charge needed to alleviate the headaches caused by APEC. Governor Abercrombie, I think you been having just too many photo ops and not enough "bite" to your "bark". LOL.
on November 13,2011 | 11:51AM
maya wrote:
Why would anyone- who would spend the money for a Hawaii vacation- get a hotel room near the airport. Does not compute......
on November 13,2011 | 06:29PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Because they happen to be here during APEC week. They could then drive their car rentals to Waikiki if needed . By the way are you the President's sister? You do not compute . You would say anything to protect your HALF-brother. Now did THAT strike a nerve. Now keep your big mouth shut before I report you to the AUTHORTIES LOL LOL LOL !!! !!!
on November 13,2011 | 11:48PM
maya wrote:
Why would anyone- who would spend the money for a Hawaii vacation- get a hotel room near the airport. Does not compute......
on November 13,2011 | 06:29PM
slink wrote:
This person would have something to complain about even if APEC wasn't going on at this time. I've never been to Alabama, and don't plan to visit, but I'm sure there are many positive experiences there that people could share.
on November 13,2011 | 03:39PM
Haumeakai wrote:
The same people complaining about security measures would be the loudest if something were to happen to one of the world leaders. What's a little personal inconvenience, that could have been avoided by the way if you had paid attention to the news, compared to a rare international event? Whiners, whiners, whiners, awe.
on November 13,2011 | 03:55AM
bender wrote:
A Hawaii vacation isn't cheap. I think they have every right to complain.
on November 13,2011 | 04:51AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If Neil had any sense of the duties of an Administraton, he would offer disgrunted tourists some sort of relief like a cash payment for their "troubles". What about the small businesses? Well give them a one time tax credit. LOL get on it, Neil boy.
on November 13,2011 | 11:57AM
slink wrote:
And that comment sums up the problems with America today - it always comes down to money. The "right" to complain...the right to be abusive to a waiter who brings the wrong dish; the right to boo and display other poor sports etiquette at a sporting event; the right to do whatever you want because you spent money...what about understanding that the world doesn't revolve around the almighty American dollar? Sad lesson to teach the next generation, who are learning a great deal about APEC through their schools. Oh wait, you have the "right" to complain about teachers teaching, too... Thanks for letting me rant; nothing personal to you, bender; I'm just complaining about complaining! :)
on November 13,2011 | 03:45PM
Kokoy wrote:
Amen brother, finally some sanity on this forum.
on November 13,2011 | 07:52AM
serious wrote:
Waikiki reminds me of the Berlin Wall. I understand security considerations, but what an overkill. No way the state will recover the dollars spent of the impressions of the visitors--police state and concrete barriers!!!
on November 13,2011 | 05:36AM
Hank13 wrote:
Many visitors were unaware of APEC. The hotels should give them a refund since they will recoup the money from the FUTURE revenue APEC will generate now that the PRESENT revenue somehow never arrived. Starwood should be especially generous!
on November 13,2011 | 05:39AM
vapors wrote:
The grocery store isn't gonna refund the purchase of your groceries if your inconvenienced by standing in a long check out line for a long time are they? Why should the hotels or anyone else refund monies to anyone? It's pretty sad the mentality of todays society. BOO HOO on me so now I want all my money back! what kind of BS is that? The airlines got me to my destination 20 minutes late, "I want my money back!" PLEASE!
on November 13,2011 | 06:11AM
peaceonearth wrote:
Agree with you, vapors. I guess everyone who is suggesting the hotels etc. should give refunds are also willing to dish out more dollars as consumers. All the extra costs to businesses will ultimately be passed on to others consumers. Everyone is so selfish; always thinking only about themselves.
on November 13,2011 | 07:06PM
Anonymous wrote:
What future revenue is APEC going to generate? Hawaii as a resort destination hosting APEC has not been publicized in the mainland.The APEC attendees have been shut in their hotels- therefore they have no idea about Hawaii beauty to promote tourism in their homelands. Therefore, no tourism benefit from APEC. On the business angle- many business leaders from the mainland are attending, which will promote their mainland companies. How many Hawaii companies can compete on that same level? none. Hawaii does not have the depth of universities, high tech, and what ever manufacturing is left in the US to compete in a global market.I read that the pavilion that promotes Hawaii business has not been visited by APEC attendees. You are being sold a false promise that Hawaii is going to get a benefit from this.
on November 13,2011 | 06:14AM
Anonymous wrote:
What future revenue is APEC going to generate? Hawaii as a resort destination hosting APEC has not been publicized in the mainland.The APEC attendees have been shut in their hotels- therefore they have no idea about Hawaii beauty to promote tourism in their homelands. Therefore, no tourism benefit from APEC. On the business angle- many business leaders from the mainland are attending, which will promote their mainland companies. How many Hawaii companies can compete on that same level? none. Hawaii does not have the depth of universities, high tech, and what ever manufacturing is left in the US to compete in a global market.I read that the pavilion that promotes Hawaii business has not been visited by APEC attendees. You are being sold a false promise that Hawaii is going to get a benefit from this.
on November 13,2011 | 06:16AM
vapors wrote:
It don't matter if it's in Hawaii, Florida, California, Alabama!!!!!! Security would be heightened and people local and visitors alike would be inconvenienced for the event. Yeah vacations aren't cheap, but WAIKIKI ISN'T THE ONLY PLACE TO GO ON A VACATION!!!!!
on November 13,2011 | 06:04AM
Anonymous wrote:
Drive to another place and spend a hassle-free day without all the aggravations of such an event! Be spontaneous, be flexible, use your imagination, that's what a vacation should be all about. Be free and go enjoy other adventures, other areas, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!!!!
on November 13,2011 | 06:07AM
kais1269 wrote:
What brain surgeons ever allowed this to take place? Hawaii's business is tourism. Not some delusion that for some reason it will become a regular destination as a business hub of the Pacific for Asian nations. Is not going to happen. So Hawaii really shot itself in the foot. Typical low self-esteem complex. "Hey, the cool people are going to notice us! Let's do anything to allow that to happen!"
on November 13,2011 | 07:12AM
Lindall wrote:
ALL THIS COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW HUMBUG THIS ALL IS. HAWAII SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE A PART OF HELPING LEADERS OF THE WORLD TO MEET AND POSSIBLY BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP. I PERSONALLY AM THANKFUL THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA CHOSE HAWAII TO BE THE STAGE FOR SUCH AN EVENT. WE SHOULDN'T THINK ABOUT THE MONEY VALUE TO OUR STATE BUT BEYOND. IT SHOULD BE ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP THIS WORLD BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN. MAY GOD BLESS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ALL THE OTHER LEADERS THAT TOOK THE TIME TO MEET AND TRY TO FURTHER THE BETTERMENT OF MANKIND!
on November 13,2011 | 07:20AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yeah, however where was the Main Man. Hiding in Washington D.C., as maybe a bluff to see if Osama bin Laden would swoop down with a vintage Japanese ZERO and destroy Air Force One, LOL.
on November 13,2011 | 07:46AM
peaceonearth wrote:
Agree with Lindall. Everyone just needs to be thankful for what they have instead of only thinking about themselves and how they were inconvenienced. So sad. Just be thankful instead of being so so selfish. Look in the mirror and make the change and life becomes much easier.
on November 13,2011 | 07:03PM
Changalang wrote:
Now, that it is ending, was it really that bad? Be honest.
on November 13,2011 | 07:22AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes Mister Chang a Lang. You Chinese or Laotian? LOL.
on November 13,2011 | 07:43AM
kennysmith wrote:
question?, what did go on befor dec-71941 in honolulu befor they did hit honolulu any way?. it is going to be the same way but even a little better then. some people did it like cu chi in s.vietnam. every one was on the ground and keep there feet as part of the feet and inchs to mark out thing they need to hit later. it is going to be the same way but with a twist. keep track of co who do good in hi end of getting people to pay out money to help them grow.
on November 13,2011 | 07:32AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Dear Ken, The smashing of The Arizona made President Franklin Delano Roosevelt address congress with the infamous "The Day That Will Live in Infamy". The United States has now declared war against The Empire of Japan. SO, WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE. The United States of America, under the leadership of one named Barack Hussein Obama (BHO, White House), has now declared war against The State of Hawaii, using Martial Law to take over The Hawaii Convention Center, so that BHO would have his named shine on the Hollywood Marquee, as BHO enters a sequence of ME, MYSELF, AND EYE, namely a Presidential Campaign that would necessitate telling a few "white lies" and "fibs" to proctect one's image at The Voting Booths across this vast land, from Sea to Shining Sea. Did I just win The Pulitzer Prize, LOL, for FICTION AND MORE FICTIONOUS POLITICAL HUMOR. LOL, KIK (kik being letters on the standard QWER keyboard that is directly the the left of LOL. By the way, LOL. . . AND TEN-FOUR, or would TEN-ONE be more appropriate, as they say. Gosh, tell them to pull out the power to my microphone. Mahalo Nui Loa for your Services in Vietnam, From Reggie, your BFF
on November 13,2011 | 07:56AM
kennysmith wrote:
thank you HonoluluHawaii this is a big thank you. now what would it do to honolulu right now if the japan did come in thry the back door and the frount door then to get the people there to work for them?, what would we be abale to do then?.
on November 13,2011 | 01:39PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Japan is the second biggest economy in the world. Japan deals with quality rather than quantiy. So you will not see Japan step on anyone's toes. I totally admire anyone who has served. I was in ROTC at Farrington High School. We have as our instructors veterans.
on November 13,2011 | 04:53PM
kennysmith wrote:
thank you HonoluluHawaii this is a big thank you. now what would it do to honolulu right now if the japan did come in thry the back door and the frount door then to get the people there to work for them?, what would we be abale to do then?.
on November 13,2011 | 01:39PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Net Net There will be a gain. Okay now can we track where the dignitaries and their entourages are and were staying. The blockades, especially those orange and white 3 foot high one foot thick plastic barriers in and around the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ala Wai Boulevard surely limits walk-in activity to say a Seven-Eleven. However the monies that were to be spent there gets displaced to say Kapolei and the Ko Olina and the Aulani and so forth. So there is a net net gain, and Mufi if u could not see that through your cloud covered eye-glasses even at that height which is about a foot and a half higher than normal, I would think Mufi that you be a shoo-in for The Bird's Nest on a Sailboat, LOL. Anyways the beat goes on . . .
on November 13,2011 | 07:42AM
false wrote:
So this is a sample of Mufi for Congress. It's a winner! He should go on vacation somewhere. Guam maybe.
on November 13,2011 | 08:25AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
They all like the spotlight, the glamour. You see the latest pic of Michelle during the luau last night leading her pet toy, that is BHO along the leash called a "holding of hands", "TO SHOW THAT I HAVE A HUSBAND OR THAT I HAVE A GIRLFRIEND". LOL. Looks like Michelle is leading her little kitten to meet and greet the leaders. BHO must be shivering thinking Come On Man, when is this nightmare EVER going to END. Shall we all dare say, even in THESE MAGNIFICENT HAWAIIAN ISLANDS (Jim Leahey gets the credit for that), that Barry your nightmare will end on Election Day, November 2012. LOL LOL LOL
on November 13,2011 | 09:39AM
Anonymous wrote:
There was no net gain to the local mom and pop stores. Who owns these resorts? Marriot- ko olina Sheraton- Sheraton Hilton- Hilton The people who suffered were the local businessmen who had decreased traffic to their businesses. The monies that went to the resorts will go back to the mainland. Taxpayers had to pay for the increased police patrols.Less revenue from the mom and pop stores to the general fund.Millions spent on beatification that no one saw.
on November 13,2011 | 08:43AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Please file a claim with the Department of "WHY I NEVA WORK FOR WAL-MART". At the tone, the time will be 10:49 am in these " M A G N I F I C E N T H A W A I I A N I S L A N D S". LOL
on November 13,2011 | 09:47AM
Loki wrote:
The tourists aren't the only ones that's p'd off. I hate it too. What a waste of time.
on November 13,2011 | 07:52AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
I stayed completely away from Waikiki/Ala Moana for the past week yet was still inconvenienced twice--on Thursday I was late for work because of the shutdown of H-1, on/off ramps and overpasses--and this morning I missed my church service because of another freeway closure. I understand why they don't allow vehicles to drive through a freeway overpass--but why not allow pedestrians to walk through on such occasions?
on November 13,2011 | 08:50AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If u were traveling along the H-1 West last night at about 10:00 pm, the ending of the Wahine game with New Mexico State was a factor in the "bumper to bumper" one mile per hour parking lot from the Vineyard exit all the way to Koko Head Avenue entrance/exit. So ... What was the culprit? Some or most of us may have thought "there you go again , Barry". We thought the freeway was being held open for a dignitary. This time it turns out it was a severe accident near the Vineyard Entrance/Exit, where one car was absolutely smashed on the front end. I heard Jane Croson say the word "smash" on a TV interview, when desribing her dropping from the sky jump serve LOL.
on November 13,2011 | 10:02AM
mililanihi wrote:
Only people directly involved will profit. Security and specific vendors. A big loss for taxpayers and business in the surrounding area. Ward shopping complex was very slow during the weekday lunch hour. Parking in most cases is scarce, but lot's of parking this week. Future return will be minimal. Freeways are clean with no graffiti., the grass is green. Give it some time, then businesses as usual.
on November 13,2011 | 08:39AM
mililanihi wrote:
Only people directly involved will profit. Security and specific vendors. A big loss for taxpayers and business in the surrounding area. Ward shopping complex was very slow during the weekday lunch hour. Parking in most cases is scarce, but lot's of parking this week. Future return will be minimal. Freeways are clean with no graffiti. Give it some time, businesses as usual.
on November 13,2011 | 08:44AM
Wazdat wrote:
ZERO mention on the mainland about what is going on in Hawaii regarding APEC.
on November 13,2011 | 08:49AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
This has been a royal nightmare for those who live and work within 2 miles of Waikiki. For residents, essentially they have been subjected to not only extreme problems getting in and out of Waikiki, but the constant sirens and carbon monoxide from motorcades and stalled traffic is a lot to bear. For the small businesses in and around the primary sites of the drop off in business has been closer to 75% for most of them. Most smaller restaurants and bars have closed rather than continue losing money for employees and spoiled inventory. So the next time a politician tells us that APEC was a wonderful event for Honolulu, could someone please tell them to shut up.
on November 13,2011 | 09:02AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
All this bs about how much publicity and bux this will bring to the Islands......one episode of 5-O brings in more tourist revenue than APEC ever will.
on November 13,2011 | 10:05AM
kei wrote:
I live in the Hobron area of Waikiki, right between the Hilton Hawaiian and the Convention Center. I have been dreading APEC for months due to all of the rumors circulating about the occupation style security and most of it has proven to be true. There are dozens of police cars just sitting on Magic Island and hundreds of police and guardsmen idling about in clusters at security points, apparently doing nothing. I asked some of them and it's boring, but necessary duty. This may seem to be a massive misappropriation of resources but imagine the scene if we weren't prepared for every possibility, no matter how remote the likelihood. Remember 911 and Oklahoma? In this case it's necessary to be prepared for anything and everything. If anything should happen we should have been prepared for and weren't, the world press would BBQ us. I watched from my lanai as a long motorcade drove to the Hilton along closed streets the other day at a time that suggests it was the Chinese leader. I thought how strange it was to shut down the streets and offer such unprecedented security to a man whose evil nature makes Hussein and Qaddafi seem like lightweights...and we spent millions to bring them down, not protect them. Politics are strange. I have walked about and talked with many of the officers involved and I'm impressed with the way they have handled this affair. It would have been impossible for this to go off without a hitch, there is no precedent to learn from. The men and woman of the services have treated all reasonable people with respect, understanding, and courtesy. It's been difficult for us, but it's been no day at the beach for them either. It could have been worse, much, much worse. And for the tourists who are put out for being inconvenienced; APEC hasn't been a secret for over a year...why did you come now?
on November 13,2011 | 10:23AM
Anonymous wrote:
APEC may not have been a secret in Hawaii, but tourists do not read your newspapers. They book their reservations on the web, and there is no pop up that states" APEC coming- beware". I feel that the fault will partly be with the hotels that received the reservations- but did not warn the tourists. The fault also lies with the government- they of all people knew exactly what security measures would have been put into place. They are the ones talking to Secret Service, fed govt agencies, the military. The Hawaii government knew exactly what would happen to Waikiki- but the tourism board did not appear to work with the hotels to inform the guests. If I was a tourist- I would blame my hotel, and the tourism authority. And not come back.
on November 13,2011 | 11:49AM
Dragonman wrote:
Most locals and visitors that were inconvienced are upset. Most people that were not inconvienced seem to think its a small price to pay for future economic growth. All I know is I would not be happly if I had to go through what many people who work and live in Waikiki have gone through these past days. Whether you are upset or not seems to depend a great deal on whether you were inconvienced and whether you feel you will benefit from APEC long term. Aloha to all and have a nice day.
on November 13,2011 | 12:00PM
islandsun wrote:
No more APECs. Shut down the politicians when they start their rant about how good they are for us. Good for them and thats it. Have it in the Philipines or China or how about Kauai or Maui.
on November 13,2011 | 01:37PM
kennysmith wrote:
that is a real good idea you have and got.
on November 13,2011 | 04:15PM
kennysmith wrote:
that is a real good idea you have and got.
on November 13,2011 | 04:15PM
maya wrote:
Hey- Star Advertiser- fix your comment section. It is a disgrace. Get a better program, or fire the IT people who are managing this program. I have made comments that have shown up in duplicate, and some comments that have not appeared at all. You want to be the "business center ' of the Pacific Rim- ala APEC- then show your competancy by managing your paper in the same way that the mainland papers manage their comment sections. You are looking like a tech backwater. You want Chinese, Asian business? Then be more competant.
on November 13,2011 | 06:35PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
Of course the editors fail to mention how local people who work waited and waited and waited. Some one hour to 2 hours. Sometimes more. IF they were late to work they could be fired. Did President Obama and the other APEC elitists think about hard working local people??? NO! Instead they locked down roads and PUBLIC beaches and locked down the 'Iolani Palace which violates Hawaiians' right to freedom of religious expression and subjected US TO WAITING FOR HOURS IN TRAFFIC THAT THEY THEMSELVES CAUSED!!!
on November 13,2011 | 06:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
Now my comment is being sent for approval? Why was my previous comment not sent for approval, and the one before that posted. Where did you get your IT degree, online? Fix the problem here, or you will lose subscribers.
on November 13,2011 | 06:53PM
Anonymous wrote:
On my last comment, it was posted. FIX THIS PROGRAM- YOU IDIOTS!
on November 13,2011 | 06:54PM
John30022 wrote:
I for one was very blessed, only had to deal with APEC traffic today, and that was 1 1/2 hours sitting on H2 waiting for H1 to open back up, they forgot to mention that not only the westbound lanes would be closed, but also the under/over passes, so you couldn't get to go eastbound. BUT, the security seemed a lot over the top, we live in AMERICA where we are suppose to have FREEDOMS, which means that we do NOT see the security around some place, and not like it was reported all around APEC. I am from Georgia(so yes you can hate if you want) and we hosted the Olympics once, I remember that, WAY bigger than this APEC and no where near the hassels I've heard about, and NOWHERE near the heavy police state like security. Now about the guy from Alabama, what more needs to be said than he is from Alabama, in Georgia we have a saying, "The only good thing that has ever come out of Alabama is an empty bus" but also, he prob doesn't work for the Govt in the south east states you want to work fro a private company, better benafits, more security in you job future, and better pay. Don't worry I won't take it personal if you hate on the Howy(how am I suppose to spell that?) because I understand people moving in from other areas and taking away your way of life, grew up in the South and it aint the South that it use to be, poeple moved in from all over the US and world, and Georgia has gone from being polite and kind, to some of the rudess people in the country.
on November 13,2011 | 08:28PM
false wrote:
I am a Resort Activity Concierge. I am speaking with visitors to Oahu and activity vendors on Oahu all day long most days. I have not heard any complaints from any of the visitors or businesses I have had contact with about the APEC Meeting but almost all of them expressed their desires to cooperate in any way possible and their pride in doing so. I am truly ashamed of all the cry babies and whiners out there... especially all of the ones making-up the stories and lies... you don't belong in Hawaii and you don't belong in America.
on November 13,2011 | 08:52PM
maya wrote:
False- Pride hosting APEC? No one is watching. As far as making up lies- we are talking about business in Honolulu- did you talk to them? Did you go to every business who has had decreased sales outside your little bubble of Waikiki? Resort Activity Concierge- are you the person who hands out towels at the pool?
on November 14,2011 | 01:21AM
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