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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kilauea #1

Thu, 28 Mar 2013, 09:38 AM (-06:00)

We woke to the green glow of the rain forest outside the cottage windows. And after a decadent shower with tropical air blowing in the windows, we wandered around the grounds of Volcano Garden Arts. It was a foggy, cloudy day. Wisps blew thru the treetops. We had a simple breakfast of bananas, bread and […]

Our Destination

Thu, 28 Mar 2013, 08:33 AM (-06:00)

Late at night, with the headlights of the Jeep lighting the wet, narrow asphalt road thru Volcano Village, we pulled onto a short, gravel driveway. Ira Ono was in his shop working on textiles or maybe ceramics. The glow from the windows lit the path, and we were able to figure out the gate latch […]

Ken’s House of Pancakes

Sun, 17 Mar 2013, 08:25 AM (-06:00)

So we glided down on Saddle Road in the rain in the dark into the dim, yellow glow of the streetlights of Hilo. We turned right at Hilo Bay, drove by Bayfront Park, passed signs for Liliuokalani Gardens and turned right on Highway 11, prepared for a final climb up toward Kileauea and Ira Ono’s […]

Cinder Cone Path

Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 11:31 PM (-06:00)

The Summit of Mauna Kea

Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 07:34 PM (-06:00)

1. The Summit We didn’t stay at the top long. We stopped and gawked at the telescopes sitting on top of the world. And we gazed at a tempting trail along a peak leading to one of the orange cinder cones that dot Mauna Kea.  There were pockets of snow along the trail, and it led […]

Ascending Mauna Kea

Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 09:29 AM (-06:00)

Editor’s Note: This fish documents a drive up Mauna Kea. It contains nothing profound. The pictures might or might not hold some interest, but by and large the words are not for general consumption but rather are part of the author’s conceit that years from now it might be particularly nice to read back and reflect […]

Climbing Saddle Road

Fri, 15 Mar 2013, 04:56 PM (-06:00)

The fog was so thick as we climbed up Saddle Road that at times we could barely see the stripes on the side. It blew across the grassland and into woodsy thickets hidden in the gloaming. We drove slowly up the slopes following the route between the island’s two massive volcanos. When we came to […]


Fri, 15 Mar 2013, 09:52 AM (-06:00)

1. Look In The West There was something beeping in my pocket — a faint, hard-to-hear sound, like a vague reminder of something I’ve forgotten to do. I snapped out of my fajita-taco-consuming euphoria and pulled out my phone. “Look in the west,” Susan said, “the comet it’s…” And the connection dropped. I walked around the […]

Let’s Get Going

Wed, 13 Mar 2013, 09:56 PM (-06:00)

Let’s continue the Hawaii story, now running on perilously close to a year in the telling!… 1. Driving By The Airport From satellite you can see it. A black fan of lava running down the slopes of the island into the sea. Kekaha State Park is on its northern edge. Kona Airport is on the […]

Culture Day

Tue, 12 Mar 2013, 08:18 PM (-06:00)

There was Japan and Korea and Vietnam. There was England and Spain and France. There was Mexico and the USA. There were people dressed up in shiny dresses. There were tasty ethnic snacks. There was a guy playing folk songs on an acoustic guitar, and several classrooms down the hall there was another man playing […]