Koko and Maka — I Miss You!

By Barbara Bennett As I sit here, quietly watching the wild cats in the neighborhood munching down the cat food I put out daily on my patio, it reminds me of my pets, Maka and Koko, who are now gone. Loving my two boys, Koko and Maka, made me realize just how lucky they were […]

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Kaua‘i’s History as Seen from the Path

By Tommy Noyes Learning about an unfamiliar area’s unique characteristics is a sure way to enrich a visitor’s experience. The same may be true for gaining a deeper appreciation of your local surroundings — understanding the factors that shaped your home town. Ke Ala Hele Makalae, East Kaua‘i’s coastal path system, now features more than two-dozen cultural markers and interpretive signs spread […]

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Red Mangrove’s Invasion of Hawai‘i’s Coastline: Why Does it Matter?

By Ruby Pap On a recent trip to an estuarine restoration conference in Washington, D.C., I was inspired by all the hardworking efforts worldwide to restore coastal ecosystems. In a session on restoration of coastal mangroves in El Salvador, I was also reminded about how a “good thing” in one place can spell disaster in […]

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Young as Mike Young

By Léo Azambuja I can still vividly remember Mike Young riding an orange longboard at Major’s Bay and absolutely shredding waves of any size, all with grace and style. That’s exactly how Mike was, in and out of the water. He lived life to the max, always with grace and style. He remained young from […]

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A Slight Heart Attack

By Richard E. Peck The results of my annual physical exam? A clean bill of health: low cholesterol level, low/normal blood pressure, low triglycerides (whatever they are), spotless X rays … all followed shortly by a heart attack. Since my doctor is impressively expensive, how could I doubt him? The test results he read to […]

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Group Bicycle Rides

By Tommy Noyes Here is an opportunity for you to meet up with some friendly bicycle riders for a free and informal group road ride planned to suit most cyclists’ abilities. Be ready to roll at the Waimea Sports Park at 9 a.m. on Dec. 28 for a ride to Kekaha, or further, and back. […]

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Loneliness and the Technology Placebo

Larry Feinstein When I left the New York City world of broadcast advertising in ’86, the fax machine was revolutionizing communications, and only some science fiction writers envisioned today. While I know progress is our cultural mantra, I feel the need to appreciate where we have come from, taking the best of it moving forward. […]

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A Hawaiian Thanksgiving with Non-Hawaiian Fixes

By Jan TenBruggencate There is something entirely un-Hawaiian about one of the classic Hawaiian dishes. At any Hawaiian food event, and included with any Hawaiian plate lunch, along with the laulau and poi is the lomilomi salmon. This crisp, refreshing dish is served cold. Classically Hawaiian, and yet there is nothing classically Hawaiian in it. […]

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Wailua’s Hindu Monastery

By Virginia Beck I first became aware of Hinduism at 9 years old, living in Karachi, Pakistan. That colorful culture was the mixture of Hindus and Muslims. Massive civil war between the two had shaken India, and Gandhi had helped restore order. Pakistan was divided from India, with mostly Muslims remaining in Pakistan. What was […]

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A Shifting Force of Nature: How Water is Changing

By Ruby Pap Making sure there is enough freshwater should be a top priority in Hawai‘i, where all freshwater comes from the rain. “Maintaining an adequate freshwater supply in the Pacific Island environments is of critical concern as climate change places stresses of uncertain magnitude on already fragile resources,” according to the Pacific Islands Regional […]

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