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  • Canoe Surfing at Waikiki

    canoe surfing view of diamond head at waikiki beachAs if the parade of surfers on Kalakaua Avenue weren't enough of a hint, the waves marching toward the sands of Waikiki Beach were breaking on shore when the City Girls* and I met to go canoe surfing last week. And, then, first mate Buddy, with Faith Surf School, suggested we leave our sunglasses and hats on the beach where they were safe. All this as Captain Buddy added a couple bailers to our canoe. Read More
  • Oahu Beach Infographic

    hanauma bay, oahuIt's here. When the first big south swell arrived this week, we got our first hint: Summer has arrived. Read More
  • Waves of Waimea Bay

    surfers at waimea bay on a big day

    Beyond the always crowded parking lot. Past the sticks of showers circling the public restrooms. Far to the south of the command center that is the lifeguard tower in the center of Waimea Bay is a rock jutting into the ocean at the edge of the beach. It’s more than twice my height and where I wanted to be to photograph the surf rolling into Waimea Bay—surf so big that lifeguards had closed the beach to swimming and alerted beachgoers on a public address system whenever ripples on the water’s surface far on the horizon, made their way to shore, hit the steeply rising land, and pitched into the monster surf for which Waimea is famous. The right-breaking waves off the point at the north end of the bay can grow to 50 feet. That’s no small thing. In fact, that’s the height of a five-story building.

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  • Odyssey of a Hawaiian Monk Seal and a Volunteer in Waikiki

    hawaiian monk seal and surfer statue in waikikiThe sky above Diamond Head had just started to pink when I hit Kalakaua Avenue for my morning walk. I wasn't alone. Surfers bobbed on the waters off Waikiki Beach, which, I quickly noticed, rippled with a late-season south swell. Dogs had hit the streets, too. One particular chocolate Lab strained at its leash, its head cranked toward the ocean, yearning and excitement oozing from its whole body. On the beach, a group of Japanese soccer players ran drills. Another man was inventing a new form of stretching exercise. Read More
  • In Search of My New Hero

    sea turtle hauling out on beach

    I wasn't in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore to surf. I didn't much care whether the surf was breaking at Jockos or not. But I did want to know whether Jocko's mom was around. Surfline couldn't tell me that. I'd have to find out for myself. I first learned of Audrey Sutherland when I read the February/March issue of Hana Hou, Hawaiian Airlines' in-flight magazine. According to the magazine, Audrey Sutherland has paddled an estimated 12,000 thousand miles along some of the world's most epic coastlines. In an inflatable kayak. Solo.

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  • Two Roads Diverged in Sunny Waikiki

    waikiki beach and diamond head at sunsetThe next night, I found myself outside the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue again, and, again, I paused to watch humanity stroll by—a woman, husband, grandmother, runner, dogwalker, child and surfer leaving possibly the same wet footprints as the night before. This time, I turned left, proving you can come back another day and take the “other” road. Read More
  • Walking Waikiki

    waikiki couple walking hand in handI chose to walk the 15 minutes from Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach to the Waikiki Aquarium where two languid and slippery seals napped as the annual Outrigger Leadership Conference got underway on the nearby lawn. When I come to Oahu for business meetings, I prefer to hit the streets on my own two legs rather than hail a cab or, even, hop on the effervescent trolley that meanders the streets of Waikiki. And while dress shoes don’t always make the best walking shoes, I don’t mind the sore spots they create on my tender feet that usually live sans footwear when I am at work behind the desk of my home office.
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  • 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
  • Despair and Hope in Marine Debris

    Albatross skeletal remains packed with plastic at Midway AtollThe Law of Polarity. I’ve also heard it referred to as The Law of Opposites. Whatever you call it, I experienced it for two days last week in Waikiki at the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference in the form of despair, on the one hand, and hope, on the other. 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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