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  • Maui Snares the Sun

    Someone asked me last year what my preferred super powers would be if a trail of smoke spiraled up from a bottle and materialized into a genie. And my answer, my super hero of choice: Maui, the Hawaiian demi-god who is credited with many feats. Using his magic hook, he fished up the Hawaiian Islands out of the sea. He carried the sky on his back up all 10,023 feet of Haleakala on the island that bears his name and pushed the sky higher. He discovered the secret of fire making from a bird. But that's not all.

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  • Kokua for Japan and Jake Shimabukuro

    Close up of koa ukuleleWithin hours of the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, people across Hawaii started pledging their support. Two days later, Jake Shimabukuro performed in a fundraiser at Waikiki Beach Walk®, which raised nearly $17,000. A month later, Jake and a whole gang of other Hawaiian musicians played at “Aloha for Japan,” which generated more $3 million in aid for the people of Japan. Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa on Oahu pledged $5,000 and .25 for every shave ice sold during the month of March. On May 1, Hawaiian Airlines presents “Lei Day for Japan,” yet another fundraiser. Read More
  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.
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  • In Hawaii: Expect Nothing. Be Ready for Anything.

    Last month, I flew to Maui for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. I arrived at the Saturday afternoon Kapalua Wine Tour at The Ritz-Carlton promptly at 12:45 p.m. I hauled my laptop, two cameras, digital voice recorder, phone, notepad and pens in my favorite traveling backpack—the Sherpani Tosca. That meant my hands were free for things like, oh, wine. Read More
  • Tips for Day Hikes

    Hiking is a perfect way to see Maui. Just wear sturdy shoes to spare your ankles from a crash course in loose lava rock. At upper elevations, the weather is guaranteed to be extreme—alternately chilly or blazing—so layers are good.

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