|"How do I look up HRS Chapter 520 out here?"|
But wait—what were all those little signs that sprouted like dandelions along the side of the road? Everywhere we went, government instructions, commands and warnings intruded upon our consciousness. Speed limits would change 3 times within the space of 200 yards. Safety warnings were everywhere. And some of the signs even quoted references to legislation by chapter and verse, as if we were all expected to whip out our Hawaii Revised Statutes or Hawaii Administrative Rules to look up the details. (See photos.)
|"How do I look up HAR Chapter 130, Title 13, Subchapters 4-7 out here?"|
When we went on a whale-watching tour, the Pacific Whale Foundation insisted on making each couple or family pose for a snapshot before boarding the boat. Were they just trying to sell us expensive photos? Were they trying to make sure they could identify us if the boat sank? Or as the stranger in line behind me stated, was this required by the Department of Homeland Security? All three explanations seemed plausible. Indeed, we passed a large building labeled Department of Homeland Security in Honolulu. It did not make us feel more secure.
I often bemoan the encroaching state here in Canada, but I could not help breathing a sigh of relief upon my return from the land of the over-regulated and intimidated.