HNL is a unique airport. Not many US airport has got coconut trees near the tarmac (other than the other HI
airports), bikini-clad lei greeters (for Japanese tourists), and an open air terminal. Think about it, one could walk from Gate 6 (Diamond Head wing) all the way to Gate 34 (Ewa wing), and over to the Inter-island terminal passing through security only once.
Clipperhawaii will agree with me on this, the state dropped the ball on creating an observation deck over the center concourse when they re-built it with Jetways. I believe I've talked about this before. It would also provide the last chance shot of someone with Diamond Head in the background.
Most of the mainland airports in the US that I've been to (LAX
, & SEA
) have all their shops and eateries beyond security. PDX
is the exception, there is a food court, and some shops before security. Personally, I'd rather walk aorund the gate areas taking photos.
Back in the "A 727 ..." thread, C_R posted a report that the state wants to bring back the fountains that were taken away. They should, it would add further character to HNL
. I don't mean to sound political, but in this time of raising taxes (especially county property taxes), the politicos have to spend our tax dollars wisely. Mayor Harris wants these "legacy" pork barrel, stupid spending projects before he leaves office, when HPD officers, paramedics & HFD firefighters are asking for a pay raise. Ex-Governor Waihee mis-spent the money earmarked for a new international arrivals terminal east of Gate 6, extending to the NR.
Personally, I would like to see the fountains return. But that money should be spent to replace Akal armed security with more HSD deputies. Why should the state pay an outside contractor? The lowest bidder? You get what you pay for. WE
are paying for security, there should not be a price out on it. Akal can still do the parking control and such, but HSD must more have responsibilities in and around HNL
(and other HI
airports), like bag theft control in lobby areas, car searches by the parking entrances, perimeter patrols inside the fence ...
Some of the security guards need to understand that respect is not automatic. NO ONE respects someone who is a "badge-flasher on a power trip". If they want respect, treat others with respect. I have seen some of the Akal guards mouth off at people, just to prove who has the authority (Eric Cartman syndrome). Definitely not displaying the Aloha spirit.
I'm sorry I rambled on, but HNL
is a special airport, and sometimes I think the state has their head up their rear end with some of their policies, which they claim in the name of security. Yeah, right!