Have you seen Andy Bumatai's In The Car interview with Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi? They rode around Hilo in a convertible...on a beautiful, clear day. Hilo's just gorgeous when the sun's out. As far as I could tell, they really were out and about and it wasn't done Hollywood style.
While talking about the intricacies of servicing the Big Island, they drove through a typical slice of Big Island life. The mayor even led them down a road filled with potholes and that led to a few goodhearted jabs from Bumatai. The casting was perfect since both men easily trade comments and cliches in pidgin and English. A quick "turn here" hand signal from Kenoi and the two were off to the mayor's favorite surf spot.
The bumpy backroad scene reminded me of a night a few years ago, when a pothole appeared during a heavy rainstorm. I couldn't see it in the dark (no streetlights) on my way home and I bounced so hard that I almost lost hold of the steering wheel (my memory may exaggerate). By morning though, the pothole had been filled and paved over. I couldn't believe that a crew had been out to fix it before 7:00 a.m. True story.
Maybe I saw the one and only overnight repair of a pothole on the Big Island. I don't know how road repairs are prioritized or ordered here and I'm sure there are people who aren't satisfied with the system. I just appreciate the power of my one experience and I'll keep telling it. Just like the story of the Pothole Gardener in London deserves repeating.
Levity. Humor. Delight. I hope Andy Bumatai continues to thrive On The Road, where all potholes are mysteriously fixed, overnight.
May all the highways stay safe and open. Whenever I get a text message from the Hawaii Police Department about a road closure that's expected to take a few hours, I know it has to be serious. As it happened this past Wednesday in Pahala when a two car crash left five people dead, I received several messages:
If you'd like to receive these alerts, as well as messages from the Hawaii County Civil Defense, get them through Nixle. The service is free but your phone service's data and message rates will apply. When you sign up, you can also designate the hours that you do not want to receive the alerts.
Let's hope that the only messages sent this weekend are high surf warnings.
Did you know that when a bee finds a source of nectar she goes back to the hive and does a dance known as the waggle? The farther away the flower, the longer and more intricate the dance becomes. Unfortunately, the mutant Guava Bee does not dance, she blogs. She's here to tell you, there's sweetness somewhere on the Big Island of Hawaii.
(Photo by Heidi Vickery-Uechi)