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  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement.

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  • 2013 in Photos and A Resolution for 2014

    hawaiian monk seal pup nuzzles with momAs I think about this year’s resolution, I am also reviewing my favorite images from 2013, above. I’ve chosen them not necessarily because they’re great photographs, but because they have meaning for me. Quite a few represent nature. I’d like to think a few of them made you fall in love with the world just a little bit more. Did they? 

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  • Gathering Round the Palm Tree

    This time of year, there’s much attention given to a particular kind of tree—the Christmas tree. In Hawaii, there’s another tree around which people have gathered much meaning—the coconut palm tree. Year-round, the lazy, swaying palm tree has come to represent romance and the ease of life attributed to life—vacation—in the tropics. But sometimes, in December, the palm tree gets dressed up in red and green and serves another role.

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  • Give Great Gifts that Do Good

    Hokulea in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Kim Steutermann RogersA few years ago, I decided to do away with the stress of gift-buying and started a new tradition. Many of you probably already do this. Instead of giving individuals gifts to everyone on my Christmas list, I consolidated all that money and made a sizeable (sizeable to me) donation to a local charity that was important to me. Then, I sent a note with a photograph depicting the donation to those on my gift list.

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  • November in Photos

    monk seal getting fed at waikiki aquariumThere I was standing on a board on the ocean off Waikiki Beach, concentrating on keeping my core strong but my knees flexible, as Barney from Faith Surf School had suggested. “You’ll be fine,” he said and turned to help a couple others learn to surf. I wasn’t really taking a lesson this time. I’ve paddled a stand up board probably a dozen times, but every time, I feel my limbs stiffen like a newborn colt.

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