Nov. 26th, 2010

Wow. I thought I had seen commercialism in Hawai'i when I had watched TV ads and gone to a local mall. Not even close.

Tonight I decided to walk around the outside of Waikiki along the canal as far as the zoo, and then came back thru the heart of the tourist area. The streets were thronged. And the stores were all (and I mean absolutely all) of the big name luxury brand stores, from the obvious like Ralph Lauren, Gucci & Louis Vuitton to the relatively obscure like a Ferrari shop. Interspersed were galleries, 5 star hotels and restaurants. All I can say is that to support all of these the amount of money spent here must be in the billions (and indeed wikipedia backs me up on this, $10bil in 2006, so I'd guess atleast $12bil now).

I feel poor.

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