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  • Hanging out with Sharks

    turtle swimming through blue ocean tunnels kauai“If you come across a shark, don’t look it eye to eye and maybe it will hang around a while,” said Wayne, our dive master before we descended head first into a slot cavern at Kauai’s best summer shore dive—Tunnels. On a recent outing, Wayne had encountered a shark here—in this very same dive spot—and human and shark hung out for a while. Read More
  • Earth Day 2011

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAAToday is Earth Day. This weekend, as usual, thousands of people will head to the beaches around the Hawaiian Islands. Mahaulepu on Kauai. Haleiwa Beach Park on Oahu. Kaanapali on Maui. Kahaluu Beach Park on Big Island. Most will walk the shoreline or wade into the water. Many will slip snorkel masks over their faces to explore life under the lip of the ocean’s surface. Some will kayak, canoe, surf or sail. A few will participate in the many beach clean up days scheduled to coincide with Earth Day. Read More
  • Sunset with Seals

    hawaiian monk seal t12 at beachAfter a long and busy day at my desk, my feet started to throb come late afternoon. Strange, I know, they should hurt after a big hike--like the one I enjoyed at Kokee State Park over the weekend; more on that in a later post--but the advice of most editors and writing coaches--just sit your butt in your chair and write--isn't always good for the body. Read More
  • A Gift of A Beach, A Day and A Man

    haena coastline, kauai, north shoreIt was off-and-on rainy in Kapaa one Kauai morning last week after rounds of loco moco, eggs and spam, buttermilk pancakes and shave ice at Ono Family Restaurant. Angry clouds circled Sleeping Giant and other inland mountains. Conventional weather wisdom in Hawaii says, “If it’s rainy where you are, go west.” Or, at the very least, on Kauai, go south to Sunny Poipu. But we wanted to go the other direction into the tropical rainforest  of Kauai’s North Shore, to a special  place, for a special reason. The beach is known as Tunnels. It’s Hawaiian name is Makua. The mountain, hovering like an anxious parent, overlooks the beach and was featured in the 1950s movie South Pacific and called “Bali Hai.” Its Hawaiian name is Makana, which translates to English as “gift.”
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  • This is Winter in Hanalei

    Hanalei Pier in winter at sunrise.Today, I returned to my desk after a weekend writing retreat in Hanalei on Kauai's North Shore. The environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore shared inspiration and tips on writing nature essays. Here, with Kathy's tutelage, is one essay I wrote from the retreat. She called this form, combining prose and poetry, a haibun. Read More
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