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  • Why I Chased the Transit of Venus

    Destination: Kauai

    venus transit across sunJune 5, 2012, started clear and sunny, as summer days do in Hawaii. Perfect for a day at the beach. Perfect for a sunburn, if you weren’t careful. And perfect for observing the planet Venus as it made its transit between the Earth and the sun. For about six-and-a-half hours, a dark spot would blemish the sun, looking like a perfect circle, no more than a freckle, really. Peering through a telescope, you might have mistaken the transit of Venus as possibly a mole on the very pregnant belly of a woman.

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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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  • A Spot of Time on Manoa Cliff Trail

    Destination: Oahu

    red berries grow alongside manoa cliff trailI sat in the cozy Protea Café awaiting a salad--pear and (go light on the) gorgonzola salad after a morning switch-backing Round Top Drive and hiking Manoa Cliff Trail atop Mt. Tantalus just outside Waikiki. It was another inspiring iPhone and Olloclip photography outing—an artist’s date, as Julia Cameron would call it--as well as time for contemplation. It took a mere 15 minutes to get to Mt. Tantalus from Waikiki. But the psychological distance is much greater than that.

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  • Birding at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

    Destination: Maui

    hybrid duck at kealia pond national wildlife refugeEarlier this month, when I was on Maui, my rental car naturally gravitated to a familiar place for me--a national wildlife refuge. Like Kilauea, where I volunteer (on Friday afternoons, stop by some time), this one is dedicated to birds. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is located at the south end of the isthmus that runs between East Maui's Kihei and Wailea and West Maui's Lahaina and Kaanapali.

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  • Kapalua Coastal Walk

    Destination: Maui

    I didn’t plan it. Seriously. But I went on a bird walk in West Maui. In my defense, I thought it was a fitness walk. When will I accept that I am a birder? Am I in denial of age? Because, stereotypical or not, I always think of birders as, well, older. Or am I in denial of the feathery cute- and cuddly-ness of birds? I met Ben Auerbach at Kapalua Spa at the decent hour of 9:00 a.m. A couple from Wisconsin, a mother and daughter from Dallas, Texas and another couple from Central California joined us.

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