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New Hawaiian Monk Seal Critical Habitat Rule Adds Protection to Endangered Species

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources recently announced it is pleased the federal government has incorporated state input into new rules aimed at further protection for the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, by focusing protection on areas most important for foraging, pupping and resting.

“Hawai‘i has a responsibility to protect our natural and cultural […]

By |August 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Historical Ghost Story Murder Mystery Debuts on Kaua‘i

By Melissa Mojo

The time is August 1888, and the residents of the Sinclair sugar plantation are knee-deep in spirits and suspicions in the Ghost of the Sinclair Plantation, presented by Tropicbird Entertainment as a dinner theater on Aug. 28 at Courtyard by Marriott.

“The ghost of the beautiful Beulah Sinclair haunts the stage, seeking her murderer — and […]

By |August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — August 2015

E lauhoe mai na wa‘a; i ke ka, i ka hoe; i ka hoe, i ke ka; pae aku i ka ‘aina.

“Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle, paddle and bail, and the shore is reached.”

Pitch in with a will, everybody, and the work is quickly done. Along with promoting teamwork, this saying […]

By |August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Rituals and Elephants

By Larry Feisntein

Every morning around 6 a.m., whether I want to or not, I unfold out of bed. Sitting up, I pivot around to my right and place my feet on the ground. I reach down and grab my fully charged, newly numbered iPhone. I make my way to the bathroom, first steps feeling like […]

By |August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Rapid ‘Ohia Death Threatens the Forest

By Ruby Pap

What does a Big Island tree fungus have to do with Kaua‘i? A great deal, where the iconic native ‘ohia tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) is concerned. This endemic tree and the entire forest ecosystem it supports is under threat from rapid ‘ohia death, or ‘ohia wilt.

On the Big Island, numerous adult ‘ohia trees have […]

By |August 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Island Activities — August 2015

Stories and photos by Caroline Farley

At the Menehune Products Fair in Waimea, Arlene Maurice, of Kekaha, operates the senior booth. The fair, held Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a good opportunity for crafters and vendors to sell their handmade creations. At the senior citizen booth, all crafts are made by […]

By |August 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Another Day in Paradise

By Virginia Beck

Summer is all about escape! When we travel or leave, we are looking for a change. We want a rest, a break from the usual, the routines and repetitious chores. We want freedom for ourselves and our families and friends, and sometimes, adventures.

The word “vacation” is about creating space in our life. Time […]

By |August 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

A Canoe Is an Island, an Island is a Canoe

By Jan TenBruggencate

Let’s face it. I’m a canoe nut.

I’ve built them and rigged them, surfed them, sailed them, raced them across interisland channels, voyaged on them, fished off them. At various times, I’ve steered and stroked and been the “engine room.” I’ve even coached a few unlucky souls.

But as much as I love the things […]

By |August 21st, 2015|0 Comments

When Your Body Abandons You

By Samantha Fox Olson

Having the privilege of serving as a health coach to people all around the globe, I have heard a common belief disconnecting people from their amazing bodies.

This belief wrecks havoc in our bodies’ miraculous ability to teach us and guide us to greater freedom and well being. It keeps many people trapped […]

By |August 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Kaua‘i Soto Zen Bon Dance

By Léo Azambuja

Hanapepe was glowing brighter during the Kaua‘i Soto Zen bon dance on the evenings of July 17 and 18. Hundreds attended what is considered the largest of all nine bon dances on Kaua‘i, and likely the largest in the state, according to Gerald Hirata, the temple’s president.

This year, their bon dance showcased hole […]

By |August 19th, 2015|0 Comments