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  • Girlfriend Getaway in Hawaii #2

    Sleeping Giant. Like any name or word in Hawai’i, this mountain which rests behind the town of Kapa’a has many stories, the most common about a giant named Nunui who helped a community build a temple, hauling rocks from the west side of the island. In return for his efforts, the villagers served up a feast fit for a giant, including this giant’s favorite food—bananas. Read More
  • Hawaii's Migratory Birds

    Wedge-tailed shearwaters are migratory. Just like the Pacific Golden Plover that arrived in my yard today from the Arctic—it will stay until April or May. Just like the Laysan albatross. Just like Lee Sass.  You know Lee Sass. He served as my mentor at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, answering my myriad of questions about the seabirds--and, let me tell you, I can ask an annoying amount of questions. I recounted an incident on this blog last December about a mysterious bird perched on a rock on Moku’ae’ae Island, just north of Kilauea Point. Without looking, Lee predicted the seabird in question was a Great Frigatebird. Even with binoculars, the bird was difficult to identify. A crowd gathered. We debated. Lee stuck with his original guess; the rest of us decided the perched bird was a brown booby. Lee wasn’t convinced. Read More
  • The Wide Open Nature of Kauai

    Last Friday marked the grand opening of phase II of Ke Ala Hele Makala’e—the path that hugs the coastline. Now, people can walk, run, or ride their bikes some four miles between Lihi Boat Ramp in central Kapa’a and Ahihi Point in Kealia. Another two-and-a-half miles already meanders through Lydgate Park. Phase III will connect these two and, eventually, that path will run north to Anahola and all the way south to Nawiliwili. Read More
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