Kona In The Big Island

After spending busy days in Waikiki, we headed for Kona in the Big Island.  On this day, my husband came from Japan and joined us.

Interisland Terminal

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When I got to the island, I was surprised.   There was no building at the airport.  The gate has only a roof.   I thought it must have little rain in this area.

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The taxi ran on one long road.   The scenery was very impressive for me because there was nothing there, no building, no traffic light,  even no grass.

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I saw such a strange landscape for the first time.   The other day, I heard the news that astronauts are living on isolated Mauna Loa volcano in the big island to simulate life on Mars.   Yes, it makes me imagine Mars!

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This video was taken from a resort area toward the airport on our return trip.     The scenery suddenly change from green grass land to black gravel.

 

Hawaii Report #10

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A Documentary Film

I rented a documentary film “Inside Job” which I mentioned in the previous article  https://happyuan.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/   This film won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  It is described by Charles Ferguson how the late-2000s financial crisis happened .  Many big names were interviewed.  But Robert Rubin(the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury),Larry summers(the 71st United States Secretary of the Treasury )Henry Paulson(the 74th United States of the Treasury)Alan Greenspan(Chairman of the FRB1987-2007)Ben Bernanke(Chairman of the FRB),  they declined to be interviewed.    There exists systemic corruption among the bureaucrats, politicians, businesses and scholars.  It’s common to all nations .  I think that Japan has the same kind of problem relating to construction of nuclear power plants.  This happens in other countries as well.  But America has a significant impact on world.  Martin Wolf of the Finantical Times said that it was global ponzi scheme. Ragharam Rajarn of IMF2003-2007 pointed out irrationality that trader got huge cash bonuses based on short-term profit, but was imposed no penalties for later losses. I so agree with him.

What can  ordinary people do to change?  I think that it was very hard to make this film.  I’d like to pay my respect to Charles Ferguson.