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  • My Earth Day Celebration

    Destination: Kauai

    Laysan albatross adult flying into sceneHawaii is nature and nature is Hawaii. You've got your turquoise blue ocean with beaches of black, green and red sand. You've got your green mountains striated with hiking trails. Your rivers and streams ripe for kayaking explorations. Waterfalls. Botanical gardens. Nature preserves, wildlife refuges and national parks. With so many choices in which to spend Earth Day, how was it that on Monday, April 22, I found myself sitting in an air conditioned office building with fluorescent lights making my eyes burn?

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  • Keepers of the Light, Land and Life: A Look at Kilauea Point over 100 Years

    Destination: Kauai

    cover of keepers of the light, land and life, written by kim steutermann rogersAs a volunteer at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Kauai for many years, my interest and body of knowledge tended toward the wildlife—that is, the science of biology and living things, like monitoring Laysan albatrosses, banding red-tailed tropicbirds and studying visiting humpback whales. I noticed and appreciated the big, white tower in the middle of Kīlauea Point with its priceless “crown jewel” sitting on top, but I left the intricate details of the second-order Fresnel lens and its mysterious inner workings to people more interested in engineering and that kind of science. Then, I was asked to write a book in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kīlauea Lighthouse this May 1, 2013, and in doing so, I learned a whole host of cool, new facts.

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  • The Stories of Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail

    Destination: Oahu

    makapuu hikeBut in addition to stats and photographs, the paved hiking trail that switchbacks up Makapuu in one big “z” holds stories. Like the one about the distinctive opening of Koko Crater, known as Kohelepelepe, which translates to English as “traveling vagina.” The story goes that the clever goddess Kapo exposed her private bits in order to save her sister Pele from the clutches of Kamapuaa, the pig god. Is anyone surprised that this diversion tactic worked? To celebrate, Kapo left her mark—the rocky cliff in the shape of, well, you get the idea.

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  • 40th Annual Honolulu Marathon Moments

    Destination: Oahu

    woman with sign during honolulu marathonThe first time tears pooled in the corners of my eyes was at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Piikoi. The skies had just darkened again after a round of fireworks lit up the pre-dawn Waikiki morning to celebrate the start of the 40th Honolulu Marathon.  Big, burly guys with bullhorns hollared for bystanders to clear the road because the first racers were rolling through downtown Honolulu and about to round the corner. And I do mean rolling. A phalanx of bicyclists escorted the wheelchair racers through the 26.2-mile course. The crowd responded with cheers, a kind of verbal fist bump, and I teared up as a blur of wheels whizzed past me.

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  • Makauwahi Cave Curiosities

    Destination: Kauai

    fisheye view of makauwahi caveDecember 2nd was the first Sunday of the month, and so I found myself along Kauai’s south shore at Makauwahi Cave Reserve doing some docent work. Docent: That’s simply a title that gives me permission to talk. A lot. I get asked many questions at Makauwahi Cave Reserve, because the place doesn’t fit most people’s image of tropical Hawaii. In turn, it generates curiosity and wonder and a multitude of questions.

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