Saturday was a financial ordeal for Skydive Hawaii owner Frank Hinshaw. President Obama and his family attended a barbecue at the oceanfront house of his Punahou School pal Bobby Titcomb on the North Shore of Oahu. That meant that Skydive Hawaii, based at Dillingham Airfield just across Farrington Highway from the shoreline villa, had to close down for the entire day. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports (subscription required):
Owner Frank Hinshaw said Saturday’s weather was near-perfect for sky diving.
“We’d have 100 customers here,” he said. “That’s about how many we canceled yesterday when we got news of the president’s trip out here.”
Hinshaw estimates he lost $20,000 to $25,000 while his business was grounded. Still, he said he’s fortunate because Obama stays in Kailua, on the other side of the island, and comes to Mokuleia for just one day.
This puts an Obama visit in the same category as a typhoon: one counts oneself as fortunate when it stays away.
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