King of Kailua Killed the Magic


Once upon a time there existed a magical town located on a beautiful bay. It was called Kailua. 

Visitors from around the world flocked there. But Kailua was about to change. Kailua was ruled by a king who lived in a castle at the junction and owned much of its commercial land. 

The king took pride in his town, but his advisers, who did not live in Kailua, thought of it only as a business. These advisers knew that other kingdoms had generated large wealth by leasing land to big boxes like Target. They advised the king to adopt this strategy. The king asked, “Wouldn’t bringing in these large outlet stores change the character of Kailua, increase the traffic, put local stores out of business, and ultimately destroy the town’s magical charm?” The advisers replied, “Really, Your Excellency, your serfs don’t think in terms of quality of life. Just provide them more shopping options, a few jobs, and they will be happy.” Thus the magic left Kailua.

Jeffrey Polovina
Kailua


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One Response to King of Kailua Killed the Magic
  1. John Stallings
    October 15, 2010 | 4:37 am

    I LOVE THIS LETTER!

King of Kailua Killed the Magic


Once upon a time there existed a magical town located on a beautiful bay. It was called Kailua. 

Visitors from around the world flocked there. But Kailua was about to change. Kailua was ruled by a king who lived in a castle at the junction and owned much of its commercial land. 

The king took pride in his town, but his advisers, who did not live in Kailua, thought of it only as a business. These advisers knew that other kingdoms had generated large wealth by leasing land to big boxes like Target. They advised the king to adopt this strategy. The king asked, “Wouldn’t bringing in these large outlet stores change the character of Kailua, increase the traffic, put local stores out of business, and ultimately destroy the town’s magical charm?” The advisers replied, “Really, Your Excellency, your serfs don’t think in terms of quality of life. Just provide them more shopping options, a few jobs, and they will be happy.” Thus the magic left Kailua.

Jeffrey Polovina
Kailua


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One Response to King of Kailua Killed the Magic
  1. John Stallings
    October 15, 2010 | 4:37 am

    I LOVE THIS LETTER!