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Hawaii Nudity Law

HRS 707-734 Indecent exposure. (1) A person commits the offense of indecent exposure if, the person intentionally exposes the person's genitals to a person to whom the person is not married under circumstances in which the actor's conduct is likely to cause affront.

I needed to check because I keep wanting to take of my clothes.  It's so warm and humid--people go around, even hiking, wearing very little and carrying less.  I guess it doesn't matter what your body looks like, it's the conduct that matters.  This law does not deal with public sexuality the way the Oregon law does, which is to say you may be nude but not lewd.  Certainly flashing is lewd, but so is a whole lot more.  None of the laws mention lasciviousness.

This is my first trip to the any of the Islands, and we are on Kauai.  Kauai is a small island, with less than 100 miles of coast.  It seems peaceful here though I suspect tensions underneath, and I know that this island has incredible military coverage.  On the hikes (Waikea Canyon so far, but I hear it's worse on the Kalalau trail) mud is the main challenge.  On the bus ride to the botanical garden the driver/guide teaches you all the plant names in Hawaiian.  That is nigh useless for me because my memory does not take in random new words very well anymore; if I am to learn something it must be linked somehow to my existing body of knowledge.

At least in the botanical garden they marked plants with the family name as well as genus and species in Latin.  I learned that palm trees are in the family Arecaceae, and that yuccas are an ancient relative of the sunflower, and that vanilla is a bromeliad.  I learned that one of the dominant tree species in the mountains is an Acacia with sickle-shaped leaves, and one of the worst roadside invasives is a smaller legume that looks a lot like mimosa.

I especially enjoyed the Canoe Plants garden, which has beds of taro and coconut trees, and 27 total examples of useful plants that were brought here by the Polynesians in long bi-canoes (catacanoes?).  The Canoe Plants were brought because of their usefulness.  One of the plants brought was Piper methysticum, aka kava.  The plant in the botanical garden was barely surviving.  At the outer edge of the botanical garden was a section with medicinal plants where we were not supposed to go, because those plants are poisonous.  Of course they are poisonous!!  Poison = strong action on the body which can be used if you know the right indication and dose.

There are chickens here everywhere.  Kauai a small island, the oldest in the chain.  There are no natural predators here for the chickens.  Even the humans don't have much of a taste for them.  There are wild pigs and cows too.  We stopped at a beach on the way "home" last night and talked to some locals who eat fish from the sea and poached cows.  The man fed me raw "bone fish" (rock fish we finally figured out) mixed with hot peppers.

There were no hot peppers at the farmer's market yesterday in Poipu.  There was a considerable paucity of farmers as well.  The few who were there had some interesting fruits, ginger and turmeric, greens, onions, some very large avocados and a lot of products like pies that cost $5.25 a slice or over $20 for a pie.  Only one farmer had tomatoes and we bought some.  They are not very sweet yet.  I should put them in the sun.  Anyway the farmer's market was located at an upscale shopping mall, and swarming with groovy people.  Some of them were actually buying farm produce, but most were there for the restaurant meals and the beer and wine garden.  There was live music as well.  One young mother was dancing freely with a babe slung on her belly and two more at her legs.  Everyone else looked uptight next to her.

We are staying in Kapa'a.  When you see an apostrophe in a Hawaiian word, it is a stop.  The final "a" gets pronounced twice in Kapa'a.  I did not have high expectations of our condo here which we got for free.  It turns out to be lovely, mainly because it faces out over the ocean to the east.  There are no boats out there, just palm trees and waves, and occasionally a neighbor headed out to the smoking area in the grass that is trimmed short like a golf course.  We get morning sun and a view of the waves breaking once way out there, and then again on the bands of rock that run parallel to the shore.  Pretty safe spot for a condo, with those natural breaks out there.

This condo was built in the 1970's and has survived two hurricanes.  No Tsunamis yet.  If the big one happens in Oregon at least we have 2500 miles of ocean for the wave to cross before it sloshes up on these shores.  We have a long way to go to get to high ground.  I haven't spotted any hills in our immediate area, and a cursory internet search for evacuation routes reveals that nobody is too worried about it.  Else they'd make them easier to find.

People are pretty chill here, and really friendly.  Both the white eyed tourists and the dark skinned natives are chatty and helpful.  We were told on our way here that about the only way to tick off the natives is to get in a hurry and pushy.  We haven't seen it yet.  I do remind Willard while he is driving to go gently, as he tends to be an aggressive urban driver and folks might not take it so well here.

It doesn't take much research to find out that the natives here are the service class.  The great many tourists are the main source of dollars for people on this island.  Fat Americans and lean Asians can be seen at all major destinations.  Very groovy white hippy types, bare chested men and pretty white women in short dresses roam everywhere in flip flops.

There is also a major military presence here, though it is concentrated on the west side of the island where Barking Sands missile range is in the middle of what used to be sugar cane fields, until 2000.  Now they want to make sure those lands still have agricultural use, to keep condos from springing up there.

Tomorrow we are going on a boat ride that starts at Port Allen and goes past the Barking Sands.  It's a 6:45 am show up time for tomorrow's Na Pali coast tour.  Parking behind the shopping mall, take a right at the corner, parking lot number 3 is 3rd on the left.  Kauai sea tours.  Bring photo ID, sunscreen, towel, beach attire, camera, hat, and "cover-up".

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