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  • July in Photos

    Hawaiian monk seal pup wakes up from napYesterday, our newest Hawaiian monk seal pup on Kauai became official. He was outfitted with a pair of red, plastic tags with a couple letters and numbers, sort of like his social security number. He's only two months old, but the little stinker is already causing a stir. A few weeks ago, his mother weaned him. As you can see from some of the photos in the slide show, he's a plump, little thing. At this stage in his life, he is exploring his watery environs and figuring out where to get his nourishment now that mom--and her milk--is gone. Earlier this week, he was reportedly behaving strangely, using his flipper to dig in his mouth, coughing, and gagging, repeatedly. I was asked to accompany a team to investigate and after careful study, we concluded he must have eaten something he didn't like.

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  • Kauai Is More than Just A Pretty Place

    Destination: Kauai

    It might as well have been Kauai High taking on Waimea in the island championship football game. There were teams, one dressed in red, the other in blue. There was cheering and some booing. Signs. The occasional interjection by a referee. The line to enter and partake in or witness the action started forming a good five hours before the doors opened and included passels of children, grandfathers in wheelchairs, mothers toting toddlers on their hips, brothers, sisters, family and friends. And in true Hawaii fashion, there was a big tent outside with food and drink.

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  • June in Photos

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiA team of scientists are on Kauai scouting for Hawaiian monk seals. Some folks from the National Geographic Society are tagging along, toting Crittercams. They’re hoping to place some cameras on a few monk seals, so we can learn more about where the marine mammal goes and what it does when it’s not snoozing on the beach—that is, when it’s in the ocean, its home for two-thirds of its life. While my friends have all the fun on the beaches of Kauai, I am sitting in a convention center in Honolulu listening to talks and panels and presenters and keynote addresses.

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  • The Story of a Hawaiian Love Triangle

    Destination: Kauai

    A haiku penned by Tori Rice and posted to the OutriggerHawaii.com Facebook page reminded me about one of Hawaii's most famous stories--that of Pele, her lover Lohiau and her favorite sister Hiiaka. The haiku? It reads: Maui honeymoon/Intertwine in paradise/Why is your ex here?

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  • One Musical Note. Two Monk Seals. And Me.

    Destination: Oahu

    nathan aweau performs at waikiki aquariumOne note. That’s all it took for singer-songwriter John Cruz to yank me from my seemingly pressing need to “Instagram” the photograph I’d just snapped of him. One note. That’s all it took for John Cruz to nullify the possible negative repercussions of the rain sprinkling over the crowd on the lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium yesterday evening during the opening night of the summer concert series known as Ke Kani O Ke Kai. One note. That’s all it took for John Cruz to cleave my soul and root me in the present moment. One note. And if I wasn’t careful, I’d miss my plane, the last flight of the day from Honolulu to Lihue, Kauai.

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