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  • From Cupcakes to Muffins under a Tsunami Warning

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    I only saw his silhouette, backlit by the moon. He passed the house and, then, turned back. I wouldn’t be able to identify him today. We had yet to even pass the plate of home-made vegan chocolate cupcakes I’d made for dessert. I’m surprised we even heard him. “You know we’re under a tsunami warning?” the stranger said more than asked.

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  • Rubbernecking at Kilauea Volcano

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    sunset behind jagger museum at volcanoes national parkOn my last visit a few weeks ago, Halemaumau Trail was closed at the seam where the trail’s descent through a shady rainforest met up with the desolate crater floor, a demarcation line as distinct as blue and red in this upcoming election. A few years ago, a lava lake at the southeastern end of Halemaumau Crater started to generate excitement. It split open the crater floor and has grown to nearly 500 feet in diameter and more than 600 feet deep. This “pit within a pit” is the reason for the glow that is visible after sunset from the Jagger Museum. This week, I read that the level of this lava lake was rising quickly and threatened to flood the floor of Halemaumau Crater.

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  • Odyssey of a Hawaiian Monk Seal and a Volunteer in Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    hawaiian monk seal and surfer statue in waikikiThe sky above Diamond Head had just started to pink when I hit Kalakaua Avenue for my morning walk. I wasn't alone. Surfers bobbed on the waters off Waikiki Beach, which, I quickly noticed, rippled with a late-season south swell. Dogs had hit the streets, too. One particular chocolate Lab strained at its leash, its head cranked toward the ocean, yearning and excitement oozing from its whole body. On the beach, a group of Japanese soccer players ran drills. Another man was inventing a new form of stretching exercise.

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  • Get A Job. Part Two.

    Here’s part two of my interview with Brian Kohne, writer-producer-director of the Hawaii-made feature film Get A Job. And don’t worry. It’s not all about passion. There’s some madness thrown in, too.

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  • Get A Job. Part One.

    I didn’t expect to like Get A Job. No way. This was a favor for Carol Yotsuda. I was at the screening to take tickets, find people seats, smile. Not enjoy the movie. Which is exactly what I did.

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