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  • Warning Box Jellyfish Invasion

    Once a month, Hawaii receives a visit from alien invaders.  Instead of the air, they come from the sea.  They are box jellyfish, and they particularly like the beaches along Waikiki.  I've always heard they arrive a week or so after the full moon.  I've seen warning signs placed on beaches.  I've read about their "victims" in the newspapers.  This month, when an email crossed my desk announcing the the pending arrival of these critters, I decided I wanted some more information.  So, I went to the experts--the Waikiki Aquarium--and Karen Quinn patiently and thoroughly answered my questions. Read More
  • The Sting of Rental Cars and Box Jellyfish

    It won’t be a Maui weekend, after all.  In an economic counter-move, rental car companies on Maui recently reduced their fleet.  That means, they shipped cars off the island.  I am sure they do this kind of thing on the mainland all the time.  As seasons and travel flavors change, executives move their cars around like grocers use just-in-time inventory practices to stock shelves.  Unfortunately, in the middle of the Pacific, when tourism picks up again, like it always does in February and March, there aren’t enough cars to go around.

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