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  • Happy 99th Birthday Kilauea Lighthouse

    Destination: Kauai

    The 99th anniversary of Kilauea Point Lighthouse drew quite a crowd on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The weather forecast predicted a repeat of the day before: a line of marching squalls and gunmetal skies.

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  • April in Photos

    Hawaiian monk seal pup races for the waterFor me, April saw the breeding plumage of Golden plovers come in. A visit to The Contemporary Museum, now called Spalding House, on Oahu. An afternoon meditation at Broken Ridge Buddhist Temple--in advance of a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A hike on Manoa Cliff Trail off Round Top Drive in Honolulu, Oahu. An architectural tour of Chinatown.  Wedge-tailed shearwaters clean up their burrows and pair up in advance of laying some eggs. The birth of two Hawaiian monk seal pups.

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  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Honolulu

    Destination: Oahu

    dalai lama speaks in honolulu to sold out crowdSporting maroon socks inside his Rockport-like shoes and a maroon, neoprene visor atop his shaved head, His Holiness the Dalai Lama entered upstage as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald and Henry Kapono sang, “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love.” He smiled the smile that the world has come to know and love, and the applause drowned out the former Doobie Brother and Wild Hawaiian.

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  • The Contemporary Museum. I mean, Spalding House.

    Destination: Oahu

    view of diamond head from spalding houseI am on Oahu, staying at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki, which sits, propitiously, next door to Ft. DeRussy Park, a perfect compliment to the theme of this long weekend trip to Oahu—not the fort part but the park part. As you may know, I believe in trip themes. This trip’s theme is meditation. Or introspection. Maybe contemplation. You get the idea. It’s probably true that I have the Dalai Lama to thank for this. He’s speaking on Sunday at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center.

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  • In Search of My New Hero

    Destination: Oahu

    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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