Saturday, October 13, 2012

Defend Makiki - Ride a Bicycle.

“Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Lately there seems to be an insurgence of youth in Honolulu sporting “Defend Hawaii” clothing. Which is curious as the “Defend Hawaii” logo is stenciled letters with a automatic machine gun suggesting that the defense of Hawaii requires the use of violent weaponry.

Why a company would market violence is baffling - particularly since their key market appears to be misinformed youth. I am in favor of local enterprises and local businesses succeeding, but marketing violent imagery without consequence is not worth supporting.

In light of my friend Wasabi being stabbed while riding his bicycle on Tantalus, I constructed a “Defend Makiki” logo. My belief is that lots of friends on lots of bicycles would be a much more victorious defense of a region. Unlike automobiles, bicycles are a social transportation and the more people get to know each other the less likely people will resort to violent measures. So please consider coming out to ride bicycles on WHEELS FOR WASABI - because everyone has the right to use public roadways.

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