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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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  • July in Photos

    Hawaiian monk seal pup wakes up from napYesterday, our newest Hawaiian monk seal pup on Kauai became official. He was outfitted with a pair of red, plastic tags with a couple letters and numbers, sort of like his social security number. He's only two months old, but the little stinker is already causing a stir. A few weeks ago, his mother weaned him. As you can see from some of the photos in the slide show, he's a plump, little thing. At this stage in his life, he is exploring his watery environs and figuring out where to get his nourishment now that mom--and her milk--is gone. Earlier this week, he was reportedly behaving strangely, using his flipper to dig in his mouth, coughing, and gagging, repeatedly. I was asked to accompany a team to investigate and after careful study, we concluded he must have eaten something he didn't like.

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  • Kauai Is More than Just A Pretty Place

    Destination: Kauai

    It might as well have been Kauai High taking on Waimea in the island championship football game. There were teams, one dressed in red, the other in blue. There was cheering and some booing. Signs. The occasional interjection by a referee. The line to enter and partake in or witness the action started forming a good five hours before the doors opened and included passels of children, grandfathers in wheelchairs, mothers toting toddlers on their hips, brothers, sisters, family and friends. And in true Hawaii fashion, there was a big tent outside with food and drink.

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  • Surviving Flossie and Waikiki Tip Sheet #1

    night photograph of diamond head photo credit kim steutermann rogersBut Flossie didn’t materialize in the way weather forecasters had predicted. The tropical storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it made its way across the Hawaiian Island chain, starting with Hawaii Island and moving northwest. By the time it arrived in Kauai this morning, the local paper had already printed its front page headline, “Flossie Fizzles.”

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  • Attacked by a Giant Moth

    Destination: Kauai

    Can you bruise your eyeball? Because I think I did. And the perpetrator was a giant moth. It happened last night. I was outside, with a backyard light shining, walking my two dogs before bed. I saw the moth, thought, Holy moly, that thing’s big, as it circled the light, and made a sudden detour like a missile—for my eye.

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  • Canoe Surfing at Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    canoe surfing view of diamond head at waikiki beachAs if the parade of surfers on Kalakaua Avenue weren't enough of a hint, the waves marching toward the sands of Waikiki Beach were breaking on shore when the City Girls* and I met to go canoe surfing last week. And, then, first mate Buddy, with Faith Surf School, suggested we leave our sunglasses and hats on the beach where they were safe. All this as Captain Buddy added a couple bailers to our canoe.

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  • June in Photos

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiA team of scientists are on Kauai scouting for Hawaiian monk seals. Some folks from the National Geographic Society are tagging along, toting Crittercams. They’re hoping to place some cameras on a few monk seals, so we can learn more about where the marine mammal goes and what it does when it’s not snoozing on the beach—that is, when it’s in the ocean, its home for two-thirds of its life. While my friends have all the fun on the beaches of Kauai, I am sitting in a convention center in Honolulu listening to talks and panels and presenters and keynote addresses.

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