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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Izzy’s Big Adventure

Mon, 21 Jan 2013, 09:27 PM (-06:00)

1. The Egg Event In the riot that is the moments of morning as the hounds are released and race across the living room thru the doorway and jump onto the bed, Izzy comes up and pushes her Fabergé egg in my face. Her Fabergé egg, it sounds so much better the Kibble Nibble Dog […]

The Girl In Pink

Tue, 15 Jan 2013, 09:14 PM (-06:00)

I talked to the fourth graders yesterday–something I’ve done from time to time over the years. “This is Mr. Hasan,” Eric said to his students. “His son was in my class. In fact I am responsible for him breaking his arm when he fell on the soccer field.” Eric illuminated Ben’s life years ago. He […]


Sun, 13 Jan 2013, 06:08 AM (-06:00)

After our morning at Kealakekua Bay, we returned our rented snorkel gear to Snorkel Bob’s. It had served us well. And we considered it a particular bonus that they didn’t charge us for an extra day. After that, we drove a narrow, winding road up to Holualoa, a hamlet on the slopes above Kona where there are […]

Cheryl’s Present

Tue, 8 Jan 2013, 10:45 PM (-06:00)

There was a sea turtle diving in the deep clear water off the bow of the Fair Wind II when we arrived. Cheryl got us tickets. Years ago in a different life, she worked the boat out of Kona, and this was her anniversary present to us. They fed us breakfast on the deck as the […]

Cold Out There

Tue, 8 Jan 2013, 12:10 AM (-06:00)

It’s cold out there and dark. And there’s something in the yard in back. It’s late. And Izzy is woofing because she knows there’s something out there. I was sleeping until just a moment ago when her woofing woke me. And my stomach is in knots, so I don’t think I’ll be able to get […]

A Trillion Dollar Coin?

Sat, 5 Jan 2013, 05:39 PM (-06:00)

Are you kidding me? A one trillion dollar platinum coin? There are pundits seriously talking this thru!? At least I’m not the only one shaking his head: The fancy of a $1 trillion platinum coin is so tantalising in part because it puts a monetary option in play. The larger attraction, though, is that it does […]


Sat, 5 Jan 2013, 10:15 AM (-06:00)

“That’s Mauna Loa,” Trudy said. “What?” “It’s M-a-u-n-a. You wrote M-o-n-a. You wrote Mona Loa like Mona Lisa.” Doh! Oh wait. Look closely. You don’t see a resemblance?

The End of the Day

Sat, 5 Jan 2013, 09:58 AM (-06:00)

At the end of the day, after our walk in the woods among the frogs of Manuka State Wayside, we headed back to Kona on the western flanks of Mona Loa along Highway 11. We passed back thru the desolate Kipahoehoe Natural Area and took the turn-off back to Honaunau. You see, the fair and […]

Manuka State Wayside Park

Fri, 4 Jan 2013, 11:02 PM (-06:00)

The sign said Manuka State Park. But I’ve seen it called Manuka State Wayside or Manuka State Wayside Park. It’s relatively small place. The Hawaii State Parks web page can only muster three sentences about it. They tell you is has trees, that you can picnic there, that there’s a nature trail and that there’s […]

No Green Sand For You

Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 10:22 PM (-06:00)

1. Going to Green Sands We had this idea. Why not drive to Green Sand beach? Green Sand or Mahana or Papkolea beach near South Point in Ka‘u is actually the remains of a cinder cone that erupted 50,000 years ago. The ocean has worn it away, and green olivine sand covers the shore. And from that […]