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  • The Coco Palms: 20 Years after Hurricane Iniki

    Destination: Kauai

    shatter glass sign at coco palms hotelSeptember 11, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary that Hurricane Iniki made landfall on Kauai, clocking 145 mph winds and gusts topping 230 mph. According to yesterday's article in The Garden Island, six fatalies were blamed on Iniki. Damages totaled more than $1.8 billion, including the loss of 1,400 homes and severe damage to 5,000 more.

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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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  • Kilauea Point Lighthouse Lens Revealed Again

    Destination: Kauai

    Kilauea Point lighthouse lens, close upThe wood finally came down. After a year-and-a-half behind a dome of plywood, the Kilauea Point Lighthouse lens is once again visible through its glass lantern room.

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  • World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

    Destination: Oahu

    pearl harbor uss arizona memorialLast week, on a day when rain fell heavy from the sky, I explored the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. You might know the place as, simply, “Pearl Harbor,” where the USS Arizona Memorial resides over a warship that sank in less than nine minutes on December 7, 1941, a sunny day when what fell from the sky were bombs. One such explosive--a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb--blasted through the deck of the USS Arizona and entombed a crew of 1,177 men. The ship burned for three days afterward. It sits today where it came to rest 70 years ago.

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  • 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration

    Destination: Oahu

    double salute at pearl harbor commemorationToday, under a bright and sunny Hawaii sky more than 5000 people attended the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration to recognize 120 survivors of the “day of infamy,” December 7, 1941. They were easy to identify: Most wore a hat with the word “survivor” embroidered across it.

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  • Kauai Adventure Day: South Shore

    Destination: Kauai

    mahaulepu kauai coastlineIt was dark until 6:41 a.m. at 22 degrees northern latitude--Kauai--when the sun finally shook off the night and rounded our side of the earth. Rain fell. Trade winds stood at attention. One dog didn’t want to get her feet wet, and so I had to drag her, back legs stiff as 2x4s, outside for the morning walk. Then, the emails started. “Anyone have a weather forecast?” “It’s lookin’ pretty stormy down this way.” “It’s definitely Kona weather, no wind here.” “Should we cancel or just go?” “Let’s forget bikes and just go. Looks like it’s clearing.”

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  • Boo: A Story about Ghosts on Oahu

    Destination: Oahu

    Ghost stories + Hawaii. Not just for Halloween. I like to say ghosts in Hawaii are about a numerous as the chickens on Kauai. One man who believes in ghosts and can make you, too, is Uncle Joe Espinda, Jr. He leads an Orbs of Oahu tour. It includes stops at five sites outside Waikiki. They may all give you chicken skin, or what you may know as goose bumps, but they're not all bad. Well, maybe all but one.

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  • The Mystery at Makapuu Lighthouse

    Destination: Oahu

    locks at makapuu lighthouse on oahuEarlier this week, I slipped out of Waikiki and hiked the trail to Makapu’u Summit along Ka ‘Iwi State Scenic Shoreline. The trail is paved, about 1.5 miles round trip. The hike to the summit is a steady uphill that follows several gentle switchbacks.

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  • Birth, Life, Death, & Rebirth in Hawaii Island's National Parks

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    tiki statues at puuhonua o honaunau national historic park on hawaii islandSitting on Hawaiian Airlines bound for Kailua-Kona, I got stuck in a middle seat between a man wearing a suit and reading legal briefs and another man, sleeping, who looked like he just left the beach, wearing Locals slippahs on feet pasted with sand. Sometimes, I feel self-conscious traveling alone throughout Hawaii. Not this day. Not with these guys. They didn’t bat at an eye at me, traveling alone. The theme of this trip for me was national parks. There are five national parks on Hawaii Island. Five. One island the size of Delaware. Five national parks. I had no idea. Did you?

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  • Another Friday Afternoon at Kilauea Point

    Destination: Kauai

    Kilauea Point lighthouse lens, close upIt’s just another Friday afternoon at the refuge, and I am blogging from “Birdville,” a.k.a. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. The skies overhead are clearing, after a surprising squall provided a bit of cloud clover and respite from the hot sun. Not enough rain fell to clean the windshield, much less soak the soil outside the wedge-tailed shearwater burrows and leach its nourishing bird guano deep into the ground. Funny how Hawaii skies sneak up on you like that.

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