Daily Archives: May 22, 2009

Kauai’s Hanalei Bay Named Best Beach

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, who releases a Top 10 list of U.S. beaches annually, has chosen Hanalei Bay on the Hawaiian island of Kauai this year, the Associated Press reports.

Coincidentally, I was there just last week. If you click on the photo below, you can see some more of my pictures from the bay:

Hanalei Pier

Hanalei Pier

The annual beach award is a little bit contrived. Previous winners are retired so that a new beach can be named each year. It’s all for a good cause — to raise awareness and support for beach conservation.

Hanalei Bay is an excellent choice, a beautiful two-mile stretch of sand with minimal development. My husband dislikes the concrete pier at one end of the beach, but I enjoy walking out on it.

I made a trip to Hanalei Bay one of my top priorities when I got to Kauai last week. When I arrived I found people swimming long-distance across the bay, fishing on the pier, surf paddling, sailing, doing tai-chi on the beach. Yet the bay is so big it never seems crowded.

I walked from one end of the bay to the other, stopped to do a yoga lesson with help from my iPod, swam and soaked in the placid, clear Pacific and swam across the gentle, refreshing Hanalei River. It was truly idyllic.

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Pilot Pay Issue Is No Surprise

The astonishing idea that you might get what you pay for in airline pilots, as in so many other things, has hit the mainstream.

It is a bit irksome, however, to read the suggestion that the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo somehow revealed a hidden truth. Pilots earning $23,900 a year! Who knew?

Plenty of people knew. And many were writing about it, notable among them Liz Fedor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, who wrote in July 2007 about the poor pay of regional airline pilots, and Patrick Smith, the Ask  the Pilot columnist at salon.com, who has written extensively and incisively on the subject.

Just a few months ago, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Hudson River splash-landing fame warned of the consquences of inadequate pilot pay.

Why weren’t we listening?