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  • Celebrating Hawaii's Lifeguards

    Destination: Oahu

    lifeguard competes at dukes oceanfestA dozen or more lifeguards raced up and down the beach amidst sunbathers situated under red and yellow umbrellas and children bobbing on pink and green inflatables in the turquoise blue waters of Waikiki. But there was no rescuing going on. Not now.

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  • Inspired by Duke and Doc

    Destination: Oahu

    doc and beach boy on waikiki beachThe "Ambassador of Aloha," as Duke is reverentially called, died 45 years ago but is very much alive on the shores of Waikiki. Large banners emblazoned with the visage of Duke serve as the backdrop to a stage, where young watermen and women receive awards and, even, prize money for their accomplishments. They almost always thank Duke for his inspiration.

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  • My Summer Reading List

    Here we are half-way through August, our backs starting to arch away from the looming long weekend that signifies the end of summer. It's not just school kids who hate to see the summer come to an end. Have you squeezed in your summer vacation yet? What about your summer reading list? Dented it? Just when I think I have made good headway into the massive collections of books on my bedside table, on my desk, on the end table next to my reading chair, and the one in my tote bag, I find another one--or three--books that I think I really must read. The end result is: Too many books; not enough time. Sigh.

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  • The Disappearing Act of Time on Vacation

    As I write this, sitting on my lanai on Kauai, the northwestern-most inhabited island in the Hawaiian Island chain, the sun shines at a slight angle. Leftover clouds from yesterday’s rains--thanks to the one-time category two hurricane, Henriette, passing due south of Hawaii Island right now--landscape the sky. My iPhone tells me it’s 82 degrees, with an expected high of 90 and low of 66. It’s 2:05 p.m., according to the time-stamp in the bottom right-hand corner of my computer screen. Down the road, Auntie Angeline Locey, whose home is the site of a traditional Hawaiian healing center, once told me that the town in which we live, Anahola, is known as a place where no time exists.

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  • Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean

    close up of newborn laysan albatross chickI’ve been thinking about the ocean a lot lately. Last year, it seemed like my summer was spent mauka--on the hiking trails around Hawaii. But this summer, my adventures have been of the watery nature--makai. I’ve kayaked Napali Coast. Surfed a long board and an outrigger canoe. Snorkeled and just basically splashed along the coastline. Then, too, there was Flossie. But there have also been Laysan albatrosses.

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