Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The real canoe paddling season begins with the Duke Long Distance 26 mile, 3 hour plus race from Kailua to Waikiki.
This race was especially rough and challenging with strong winds and large surf. Karel Tresnak, steersman for the winning crew, and one of the top paddlers on the island describes the experience of the day...
"It was victory at sea the whole way... It was just crazy. The roughest I've ever seen it in a long time. There were times during the race when the entire canoe went airborne, and other times where it nearly swamped."
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Pre-Hurricane Flossie Threat
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Preparing for Hurricane Flossie
We happened to come upon this grave site on Sunday with an interesting but sad history. A 1946 8.5 earthquake off the Aleutian Islands near Alaska generated a Tsunami that reached heights of 45 feet on the Big Island, as it passed through the whole island chain. The lack of a Tsunami warning system attributed to the high death toll of at least 96 people and caused millions of dollars in damages. A total of six were killed on this island (O'ahu), three of them were children from the Kanakanui Ohana of Kahana Valley. This grave site marks there final resting place.
As Hurricane Flossie approaches close to the Big island of Hawai'i, located South East of O'ahu, we pray for the safety of all.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Cinderella in III Acts
Friday, August 10, 2007
This photo was taken about two weeks ago, as part of the International Tree Climbing Championships, held at the University of Hawai'i Campus, a mannequin was set up in this tree for one of the five tree competition event:
Below is one of the female competitors, being timed, as she recovers the mannequin safely to the ground...
Thursday, August 09, 2007
This Old House
I was on my walk this morning and came across this old house, like I do many times before but never had my camera. Behind this door, like many others, must be many interesting stories to be told.
I find even more interesting, the house below, or rather, the remnants of a house that once stood where the Bamboo forests now reside, hidden deep in the mountains of the Pali...
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Bamboo Forest Illusions
We were doing some exploring in the valley forests of Nu'uanu when we came across this thick bed of Bamboos. At times, we had to squeeze through nonforgiving bamboo stalks that don't bend. Along the way, we came across a wild pig, hunter's apparatus, and got lost quite a few times. Its really amazing how disorienting it can get in a forest even on an island!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
I'm not sure if this flowering vine is one species of Passiflora mollissima (a.k.a. P. tripartita), whose common name is banana poka, part of the passion fruit family (Passifloraceae). Its unwieldy vines can cause considerable damage to the ecosystem and its native habitat. On our recent hike, we came across these invasive killers placing a strangle hold on sandalwood and koa trees.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
According to the Guinness Book of Kala Records, Hawai'i produces the most rainbows in the world. This rainbow was photographed about 30 minutes ago while at the University of Hawai'i! In the background is Wa'ahila Ridge, the roof of the Hamilton Library, student services center (Queen Liliuokalani) building etc. Have a great weekend!