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    Default What's Better Nowadays?

    A popular theme here and at HawaiiStories is the way a lot of stuff isn't as good as it used to be. However, it's just not possible that everything about living in Hawaii is worse now than once it was, is it?

    So, what has gotten better in the last ten, fifteen, twenty years? Sure, we miss some of the old hangouts, but are any of the new hangouts better? What about TV shows, beaches, roads, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, and recreation?

    Something's gotta have improved, right? Who's first?
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    I think TheBus has improved over the years and I think it has to do with the introduction of the A, B and C Express routes.

    I also think the Ward Theatre and Dole Cannery complexes improves movie watching choices, however for business around the theatres, Ward seems to have more places to eat.

    And Stone Cold Creamy.

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    Default Re: What's Better Nowadays?

    The Apple Store is in town! Macs are faster and better than before. MacMouse Club and Mac Made Easy are still around. A lot of Hawaii people are still using Macs.

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    Nice start, especially the Ward stuff. I agree that for what it is, the area's getting much more interesting. It's a nice blend of stuff of local interest and visitor interest.

    I think a huge improvement is the fact that we get to watch television shows on the same night as folks on the mainland. It used to be that we saw all the prime-time shows (except stuff like Monday Night Football) a week late, including the late-night talk shows. Even MTV was a week behind here.

    Local coverage of local sports today is miles ahead of where it was in the late eighties, not only with UH-Manoa sports, but with other universities' programs and local high school athletics.

    Still on the rise is the move toward distinguising division 1 and division 2 schools in high school sports. This gives the small schools a shot at some recognition and a more reasonably level playing field, too.
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    Default Re: What's Better Nowadays?

    Kahala Mall got better from the Waialae Shopping Center days.

    Kakaako is getting much better with the improvements.

    And yes the Super Block is a definate improvement from the old days of massage parlors, Korean Bars and auto shops that populated the area.

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    I think improvements in transportation technology have greatly "shortened" the distance from Hawai'i to the mainland. (I'm not going to argue the negatives of this). It used to be, that if one was going to travel anywhere on the mainland, via air, one had to go through mostly SF or LA, with air fare prices that were prohibitive for most. Now it's possible to travel from as far away on the mainland as New York on non-stop flights to/from Honolulu, at low fares. I booked a NY/HNL non-stop R/T (for December) two weeks ago on Continental for just over $600; I can remember when I couldn't even afford a HI-CA R/T. Technology is still expanding. Boeing announced a couple of months ago that it's rolling out a new 777 that will have the capability of flying New York to Australia NON-STOP! 18 hours of sheer flying joy!

    Also: It seems Matson and CSX have greatly reduced the rail and at-sea times of their cargo containers. I recall when it was a roll of the dice predicting when a container would arrive at Sand Island. With the new computerized tracking, better rail technology, and ( for instance) Matson's expanded presence all over the mainland, I have to think that the cost of goods, in terms of relative affordability compared with inflation rates, has actually dropped. The better cargo container management has allowed, in my opinion, the "Big Box" retailers, i.e., Wal-Mart, Costco, etc., to thrive in HI where in the past, they could not, giving islanders a far greater selection of goods and merchandise that they could not get at the old general stores of the past, no disrespect to establishments like the beloved Hasagawa General Store, which I hope will continue to have their place in the HI retail scene.

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