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  • Hawaii Added to UNECSO World Heritage List

    Noting its significant natural and cultural values, this past summer, on July 30, 2010, UNESCO’s World Heritage Organization inscribed Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to its World Heritage List. The Monument, also known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is a 140,000-square-mile-swath of ocean and islands running from Nihoa at the southern end to Kure Atoll at the north. In 2006, it was proclaimed a U.S. National Marine Monument by presidential order and is the largest marine protected area in the United States and nearly the world. Read More
  • Signs of Spring

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  • Red Sky in the Morning on Big Island

    The best way to view lava up close and personal would be to see where it entered the sea.  Yet I'd always heard the ride by boat was too long from the Kona side, so no enterprising sailors ever offered an official tour. Then, I heard about Lava Ocean Adventures.  With them, this past Friday, I experienced lava in a way I had always desired.
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  • 39th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

    Ripe Kona coffee cherries in a basketThe 39th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival officially kicked off last night with a lantern parade on Ali'i Drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. For the next 9 days, the event will celebrate all things coffee with samplings, farm tours, dinners, a cupping competition, a coffee picking contest, art exhibit, fun run, parades and more.  In anticipation, last week, I toured a couple Kona coffee farms on Big Island. Read More
  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: #4

    At 6:45 this morning, after I fed the laying hens (abandoned chicks my husband rescued from the wild a few years ago) in their coop and as I walked the dog, I noted the muted sun rising behind a bank of clouds in the eastern sky. I remember thinking how far north in the sky the sun sits these days, as I reached into the newspaper box at the end of my driveway. It was still early—for me, at least—and I hadn’t cleared the fog in my mind with my morning cup of tea yet, so I wasn’t quite prepared for the bold headline stretching across the breadth of the newspaper’s front page. “Statehood!” the one word headline exclaimed. 

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