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  • Multi-Cultural Healing on Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    For centuries Hawaiians traveled to a healing heiau (sacred site) in Lawai valley. Then, in the late 1800s, Asian immigrants arrived to work on sugar plantations and erected Taoist and Shinto temples. In 1904, a series of eighty-eight small Shingnon shrines--miniature temples with figures of wood and stone--were crafted and set along a path to replicate a traditional temple pilgrimage route of more than 1,000 miles in Shikoku, Japan, that was established more than 1,000 years ago.

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  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: #4

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    At 6:45 this morning, after I fed the laying hens (abandoned chicks my husband rescued from the wild a few years ago) in their coop and as I walked the dog, I noted the muted sun rising behind a bank of clouds in the eastern sky. I remember thinking how far north in the sky the sun sits these days, as I reached into the newspaper box at the end of my driveway. It was still early—for me, at least—and I hadn’t cleared the fog in my mind with my morning cup of tea yet, so I wasn’t quite prepared for the bold headline stretching across the breadth of the newspaper’s front page. “Statehood!” the one word headline exclaimed. 

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  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: #3

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Not always, but most stories start at the beginning. This story about Hawai'i's road to statehood, then, really starts with Kawaiaha'o Church--or, at least, what it represents.  In 1820, Christian missionaries arrived from America. On July 21, 1842, the "Great Stone Church" was dedicated, making it the first permanent Western house of worship in Hawai'i. Building it was no small task.

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  • Hawaii's Migratory Birds

    Destination: Kauai

    Wedge-tailed shearwaters are migratory. Just like the Pacific Golden Plover that arrived in my yard today from the Arctic—it will stay until April or May. Just like the Laysan albatross. Just like Lee Sass.  You know Lee Sass. He served as my mentor at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, answering my myriad of questions about the seabirds--and, let me tell you, I can ask an annoying amount of questions. I recounted an incident on this blog last December about a mysterious bird perched on a rock on Moku’ae’ae Island, just north of Kilauea Point. Without looking, Lee predicted the seabird in question was a Great Frigatebird. Even with binoculars, the bird was difficult to identify. A crowd gathered. We debated. Lee stuck with his original guess; the rest of us decided the perched bird was a brown booby. Lee wasn’t convinced.

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  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: Part 2

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Across the street from 'Iolani Palace sits Ali'iolani Hale. Built in 1874 by King Kamehameha V, the building was originally intended to house the royal palace and serve as the seat of government. Due to escalating costs--even then building costs could get out of control--the palace portion was skipped--giving the subsequent king--Kalakaua--something to build.  The story about this property that I find most interesting relates to the statue in front.

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  • The Road to Hawaii Statehood: Part 1

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    On August 21, 2009, the state of Hawai’i will celebrate 50 years since President Eisenhower signed a proclamation officially declaring the archipelago the 50th state.  The road to statehood has to start with ‘Iolani Palace for one very simple reason in that the palace is the easiest place to pick up the “Walking Tour of 50 Years” brochure.  But the bigger and more formal reason your walking tour of Hawai’i’s road to statehood should start here is that ‘Iolani Palace marks the symbolic seat of power where the Hawaiian monarchy lived—even before the existing building was built in 1882. It is also the site where the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown a mere 11 years after the building was erected in the unique “American Florentine” style.

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  • Koloa Plantation Days Parade

    Destination: Kauai

    This past Saturday, I attended the annual Koloa Plantation Days parade, one of hundreds of people lining the roadside in old town Koloa. As the skies threatened to explode and sweat trickled down the gutter of my spine, I watched 60 groups parade a few blocks from the libary on Po'ipu Road to Anne Knudsen Park on Maluhia Road.

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  • In Search of the Perfect (Beach) Bag in Hawaii

    Destination: Oahu

    My penchant is bags. I am a bag lady. A bag-a-holic. A bag nut. I like the right bag for the occasion.  I have so many bags that I have devoted one whole closet to my collection. It used to be the guest closet; now guests will have to live out of their suitcases--bags--I guess.

     

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  • Have a Great Cup of Kona Coffee

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Greenwell Farms welcome sign in Kona, Big Island, HawaiiWatch a video of Greenwell Coffee Farms on the Big Island.

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  • Meet Nukaau, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

    Destination: Oahu

    Nukaau was born on Laysan Island in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands in 1981 and was brought to the Waikiki Aquarium as a two-year-old.  He’s a big boy.  Or, rather, a big, old man.  He is now nearly 28 years old, and he measures almost 8 feet in length and weighs between 380 and 420 pounds.

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