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  • Ansel Adams in Hawaii: Who Knew?

    Destination: Oahu

    ansel adams islands of hawaii sitting on table in libraryAnsel Adams visited Hawaii several times in the 1950s on a commercial assignment from Bishop National Bank of Hawaii, now First Hawaiian Bank. Who knew? Not me, at least. From now through mid-January, a selection of his Hawaii photographs are on display alongside the paintings of his friend Georgia O'Keeffee. She visited Hawaii in 1939.

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  • How to Get Your Very Own Handwritten Postcard from Hawaii

    night photograph of diamond head photo credit kim steutermann rogersEarlier this year, I provided a bunch of postcards to be given away at a special event on the mainland. Recently, I received the leftovers, and I've been thinking ever since what to do with them. Well, I've figured it out, and here's what I propose: I want to send one to you.

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  • My Summer Reading List

    Here we are half-way through August, our backs starting to arch away from the looming long weekend that signifies the end of summer. It's not just school kids who hate to see the summer come to an end. Have you squeezed in your summer vacation yet? What about your summer reading list? Dented it? Just when I think I have made good headway into the massive collections of books on my bedside table, on my desk, on the end table next to my reading chair, and the one in my tote bag, I find another one--or three--books that I think I really must read. The end result is: Too many books; not enough time. Sigh.

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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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  • It's Kamehameha Day. That's Right.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    The great King Kamehameha statue in front of Aliiolani Hale in HonoluluKamehameha was no legend--he was a living, breathing man, who was born in 1758 and died in 1819. But he was legendary--with stories of standing seven feet tall and lifting a 5,000-pound rock (on display outside the Hilo Public Library) to fulfill a prophesy that said whoever lifted it would go on to conquer the Hawaiian Islands. Kamehameha did, establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810.

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  • May in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal pup and mom touch nosesThis month's review of images made me realize something: The only time I held my Canon DSLR in my hands was to take pictures of Kauai's newest Hawaiian monk seal pup and his mother. And what an experience that was. The first of these images was taken when the pup was less than 24 hours. The last when he was three weeks.

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