Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sticky (24) Pineapple dump

For my physical activity yesterday and today, I rode my trike to Pineapple dump. I think the area just North of Kealia is incredibly beautiful. Kauai used to earn money from sugarcane and pineapples. There was a narrow gauge railroad that carried the cores and skins to an area just North of Kealia beach and they dumped them in the ocean. Most of the time, the currents took them out to sea, but if a strong North wind was blowing all the refuse ended up in Kapaa, stinking up the place.

They say at night you can hear the faint cries of the dead pineapple cores, but I think that is just a legend.

Pineapple dump looking North

Pineapple Dump end of the line

Pineapple dump looking South

The reason I think this is "sticky"(Simple/Unexpected/Concrete/Credible/Emotional)" 

  • Simple: You can seed the simplicity of Pineapple Dump.
  • Unexpected: Trains dumping pineapple cores and skins in the ocean, have you seen that beforE?
  • Concrete: "Concrete details allow us to imagine a scene and, crucially, imagine ourselves in it." [] First off, it is concrete :)  But it is easy to imagine watching the train dump.
  • Credible: The first time I saw this 38 years ago, it was very rural. Nobody in the tourist business knew it was there, or why. Now there is one of those informative park signs telling the story.
  • Emotional: When you think of the ocean turning orange. When you read that if the currents were going in the wrong direction there was a stench over Kapaa. That is going to cause some emotions, especially in the year of an unprecedented die off of the Great Barrier Reef.

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