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Letter for Tuesday, October 11, 2022

A promise to never return after incident on the beach

My family and I have enjoyed many aspects of your beautiful island since the early 1980s and have made many visits before, during, and after the pandemic.

This one afternoon we made a visit to one of your beautiful beaches near Hanalei.

We watched some local boys breach the sand berm releasing the Lumaha’i River into the ocean and enjoy their skill at boogie boarding the resulting waves and current.

We helped rescue some European tourists who were subsequently trapped on the opposite side but were swept out to sea by the current. One of our party lost a cellphone to the surf.

Meanwhile, the presumed mothers of some of these young men (who ironically caused the near-death experience) began hurling verbal insults at us, shouted racial insults, and made it clear in no certainly terms that we, our money, or any tourists are not welcome on the “locals only” beach, in Hanalei, or anywhere on Kauai.

We promised them we would never return.

Thanks for the memories.

P.S. In the unlikely event that any of you ever visit the state of Idaho, you will be warmly welcomed.

Roger Merrill, Idaho
Source: The Garden Island

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