Most of us had nothing to do with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, in town this weekend.
We didn’t attend any meetings or hobnob with the heads of state in Honolulu for summits, meetings, dinners and meet-and-greets.
But we were stuck in traffic.
Yesterday I had to change dinner plans because there was no way I could make it to McCully — and then find parking — on time. I didn’t go to my parents’ house for dinner because it’s located between Waikiki and Ko Olina — the no-drive zone. And I mostly avoided Waikiki — good thing there wasn’t much surf — all weekend.
So, in a way, I was affected.
But there were stories about people sitting in traffic from Costco for three and a half hours. It took one of my friends two hours to drive a mile. And I’m sure there will be stories tomorrow about folks getting re-routed on H-1 as the APEC leaders drove to and from Ko Olina.
So it’s no surprise a Hawaii-based designer jumped on it.
Just to be fair: the designer knows that some people may link this shirt with the tragedy that happened earlier last week, when a U.S. State Department law enforcement agent shot and killed a Kailua man at McDonald’s on Kuhio Avenue. But the sentiment is about the traffic and parking problems APEC caused — not this tragedy.