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  • Tsunami Preparedness: Live Aloha

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    dolphin painting from the Hawaiian Oracle cardsIt's Monday morning, March 14, 2011 in Hawaii. I pull back the sheer curtain covering the window beside my desk to peer through hibiscus bushes. I see blue sky, white clouds and the glare of sunshine through a dappled leafy view. A shama thrush belts out a musical tune. My dogs race upstairs to investigate a sound that only they can detect. I sit at my computer, fingers poised above the keyboard. Threads of sentences stream through my head. But I am at a loss for words. I must write about the tsunami in Hawaii, of course. How could I not?

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  • Goodbye Tsunami. Hello Trade Winds.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    On Saturday, February 27, 2010, Hawaii stopped. From 5:45 a.m. when the first round of automated Civil Defense messages went out via landline phones until 1:38 p.m. when the all clear sounded, most people in Hawaii stationed themselves in front of their television sets, computer monitors and/or mobile phones.

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  • Rain in Hawaii = Rainbows

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    For the past few days, we’ve experienced winter-like weather for our islands: partly sunny, partly cloudy, chance of rain. The trades come and go. I see squalls wafting across the ocean, but they never seem to make it ashore with nothing more than a few spatters of rain. The air is heavy with moisture, making it perfect weather for rainbows.

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  • Hawaii's Fickle Felicia

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    It feels like someone pulled a heavy, down comforter over the island. Underneath, it's cozy and close. A perfect day to stay inside and read. Steady rain thrums a calming tune outside my open window. Winds whisper, sometimes gathering enough speed to make the palm fronds shudder. This is the tail end of Felicia. It feels like she is holding her breath. That at any moment, she will throw a tantrum and unleash buckets of rain and winds that sting like the tip of a whip.

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  • Hawaii's Hurricane Felicia Fizzled

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Same mountain. Same time. 24 hours later. Not much change.  According to the local newspaper, Felicia fizzled. Phew. We had soft, steady rain throughout the night. The winds have yet to arrive, so it's still sticky. All in all, I feel a little cheated. Such expectations. Big promises. And Felicia under-delivered. It's a bit like going to see a movie that all your friends said was fabulous. And it wasn't.

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  • Kauai: The Calm Before the Storm

    Destination: Kauai

    A view of the mountain across the street from my home at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday--a few stormy clouds but no rain and very little trade winds. Talk about humid. I'll take another picture tomorrow morning at the same time. There may not be much difference. Felicia is now a Tropical Depression aggravating Maui with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. At this point, she is expected to slip below Maui and continue west, bypassing O'ahu and Kaua'i to the south.

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  • Hurricane Preparedness in Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    When it comes to hurricanes, residents on Kaua’i take note. Hurricane ‘Iniki annihilated the island back on September 11, 1992. Ten years before that, Hurricane Iwa blew through.  In recent summers, as weather forecasters watched storms brew in the east Pacific, I have filled up my car with gas and stocked up on toilet paper, but I have not put together an actual Hurricane Preparedness Kit, per se. When I first heard about Hurricane Felicia last week, she was a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. That means she possessed maximum sustained winds of 131 – 155 mph. Just like ‘Iniki when the eye of that storm passed over Kaua’i. For some reason, I decided this was the year for me to create a kit. Instead of grocery shopping to fill my kitchen cabinets, I purchased foodstuffs for a waterproof box. I also put off cleaning my house. I mean, why bother when a hurricane might trash it anyway, right? 

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  • Weathering Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    We all know weather forecasting isn’t an exact science. No matter how many buoys we put in the ocean to track wave speed and height. No matter how good we get at flying planes into the eyes of hurricanes. A low-pressure system northwest of Kaua’i is expected to collide with a cold front passing over the islands. Gusts are expected to reach 70 miles per hour with sustained winds between 30 and 50 miles per hour. That’s a bit breezier than our typical trade winds.

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  • Stormy Hawaii Sunrise

    Destination: Kauai

    This is what I mean when I say stormy weather can result in some dramatic photographs.  I captured this just after sunrise today and did absolutely no twiddling with it in PhotoShop. Right out of the camera and into the blog.

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  • Kim’s Top 5 Rainy Day Adventures in Hawai’i

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    As any visitor to Kaua’i knows, the island’s predominant color is green.  Another island characteristic is its second-tallest mountain, Wai’ale’ale.  Because of where it’s situated on the island, the 5,080-foot tall mountain collects clouds and, hence, rain like I collect books.  Almost daily.

    Of course, the two go together.  Rain + green.

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