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  • A Cazimero Christmas

    Destination: Oahu

    When I was on Oahu for the Honolulu Marathon last week, I decided to balance my physicality with some art and culture. That is, I went to see Wicked playing at the Neal Blaisdell Center. I also went to see A Cazimero Christmas starring The Brothers Cazimero at the historic Hawaii Theatre in their three-show, one-weekend-only annual production.

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  • Hana Got Adopted

    Destination: Kauai

    hana the dogGood news: Hana got adopted. She is now living in Ohio. Of all places. Here’s the story.

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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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  • November in Photos

    sunset over molokai oceanI’ve had some juicy assignments this year. I’m the first to admit it. In a couple weeks, when I recap the year, one of the highlights will surely be the time I spent participating on Molokai at the Creative Photography for the Soul workshop. Like experiences that stick, this one came at a good time--at exactly the right time when my soul needed some creative inspiration. And believe me, I got it, as I hope these photographs convey.

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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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  • Hana Needs a Home for the Holidays

    Destination: Kauai

    hana the dogI wasn’t sure about going to the beach with Hana. Not everyone likes the ocean with its moving water. Some prefer a calmer surface. That’s why I chose Kalapaki on Kauai’s southeast shore. Kalapaki is a white-sand beach practically smack in the middle of Lihue. It’s a quarter-mile long with an easy, wide beach tucked behind a protective finger of land, which was once owned by Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani.

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  • The Mexican Dancer in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    mexican dancer in hawaii a laysan albatrossI call this guy the Mexican Dancer, because he was banded as a chick on Isla Guadalupe in 2003. For the past two years, I’ve watched him tilt his head to the sky on remote bluff of land on the North Shore of Kauai. I’ve seen him bow his head, shake it and dip his bill under a lifted bent wing--as if he’s sniffing his armpit. I’ve heard him whistle, moo and clack his bill. For two seasons, I’ve watched this 10-year-old Laysan albatross perform his species’ complex courtship dance.

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  • The Deep Freeze of Makauwahi Cave

    Destination: Kauai

    kim at makauwahi cave reserveThe first Sunday of every month, I drive to Mahaulepu on the south shore of Kauai. Not to go to the beach at Poipu. Not to golf at Kiahuna. Not to dine at the Beach House, Merriman’s Fish House, or any one of the many fine restaurants reachable via Kauai’s well-known Tree Tunnel, although sometimes, I do wind up at Puka Dog or Da Crack for a quick bite.

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  • 10 Tips for Creative iPhoneography for the Soul. Part Two.

    molokai beach at sunsetDewitt Jones’ longtime friend and fellow National Geographic photographer Rikki Cooke sat behind him. The two longtime friends couldn’t be more of a visual contrast. In place of Dewitt’s crisp Tommy Bahama look, Rikki wore t-shirts tinted with Molokai’s red dirt. But both Rikki and Dewitt wore the same puka shell bracelets, made by a local artist--and soon the purchase and “family crest” of my fellow workshop participants of Creative Photography for the Soul.

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  • Creative Photography for the Soul. Part One.

    infra-red of a palm tree

    I arrived on Molokai one Saturday afternoon as vog rolled in from the south and filtered the horizon in haze. It made for some interesting sunset photography. But the vog’s appearance also meant no cooling trade winds to take the edge off the intense sun, and so, in three words, it was hot. But the weather would change throughout the week, as it does in Hawaii.

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