Striking Out

Many people think that living in Hawaii must be paradise.
In many ways, it is. But as a few people find out each year,
not everything is sweet and light. According to this
article
(scroll down to the police reports):

A 50-year-old visitor from Connecticut was allegedly
robbed twice in less than five minutes yesterday while
walking along Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona.

Derrick Schull told police he was walking south along
Ali’i Drive at about 3:25 a.m. just north of Lunapule Road
when a dark-colored sport utility vehicle stopped alongside
him. He said three dark-complexioned males in their 30s got
out and demanded his wallet. The suspects then forcibly
took the wallet and its contents and drove off in a
southerly direction.

About five minutes later, the victim said, four males
walked out of some bushes, confronted him and demanded his
wallet.

When the victim told them he had no wallet, the two
young adults allegedly punched and kicked him before
fleeing the area.

The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical
attention.

Ali’i Drive is the main road in Kailua-Kona on the Big
Island of Hawai’i. To be accosted twice, much less once, on a
main street just reflects the problems associated with
illegal drug use. The users quickly begin a life of crime, if
they haven’t already, to get money to buy their drugs. As
these people become bolder, I think we will see more and more
of these kinds of incidents.

Heck, Honolulu city hall was broken into and computers
stolen. Twice. In one week. If city hall isn’t safe, where
is? That said, it doesn’t mean we should all stay in our
homes and never leave. These kinds of incidents are not the
norm, life does go on. So get out there and live your life as
you choose. Just be aware that, sometimes, bad things
happen.

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