Day 20 – Farmer’s Market

Thursday night farmer's market in Kailua is a family affair. There are food vendors where you can find, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Turkish, and my favorite Kalua pork... There are about 5-6 produce vendors mixed in with prepared food vendors, such as Hummus made with breadfruit (Ulu), salsa, poi (made from taro), cookies, pies, butter mochi... Continue Reading →

Hurricane Matthew – Cuba

You probably haven't heard about the destruction that Hurricane Matthew had on Cuba's Eastern province of Guantanamo (called Oriente in pre-Castro Cuba). Despite the renewed relations between Cuba and the U.S. - only Haiti exists as a Caribbean nation worthy of reporting. Maybe because there are already media embedded in Haiti - knowing that at... Continue Reading →

Day 19 – Homework in Paradise

Living and working in paradise has its perks. One is walking on the beach at sunrise. But a downside is I spend about 50+ hours per week working including commute time. I typically am out of the house before 8 a.m. and back by 6 p.m.  Sunrise is currently around 6:25 a.m. and sunset around... Continue Reading →

Day 18 -Diamond Head

    One of the most iconic geologic features in the world is Diamond Head aka Le'ahi. It is a volcanic crater about 300,000 years old and was formed in one explosive eruption about 2.3M years after O'ahu was created by the Ko'olau volcano.     Le'ahi is Hawaiian for "browridge promontory" or Le and... Continue Reading →

Day 17 – Monday Again

I was tired when I woke up. Guess I had too much fun this weekend. I was tired at work. Not enough coffee... Six hours of meetings, running errands after work (that took 2 hours!), and now I'm exhausted. Aloha!

Day 16 – Beach Access

I really wanted today's post to be about my first time diving since 1996. Yes, this marine biologist hasn't been SCUBA diving in 20 years. I had a fantastic experience - I picked it back up like my last dive was a week ago. Perhaps diving is like riding a bicycle? The most amazing thing... Continue Reading →

Day 15 – Roadtrip

Today I went North. I used Yelp to find a coffee place up the coast. I needed a destination more than I needed coffee. I couldn't just drive for the joy of it. I stopped along the way. He'eia state park, where the views of sand bar, Kaneohe bay and the Ko'olau mountains were spectacular. ... Continue Reading →

Day 14 – Gecko

In an earlier post, I mentioned how one of my favorite features of my rental is the outdoor shower. I have taken all of my showers in this outdoor shower since day 2. I love this outdoor shower. One day while showering, I saw a bright green gecko staring at me. I muted a shriek... Continue Reading →

Day 13 -Relief

The weather in Hawaii is beautiful. Eighty degrees, trade winds are blowing a gentle breeze and making the humidity seem less. I drive to work with my windows all the way down. Then there is the temperature in my studio. Hot, humid, and stuffy. No breeze can find its way into my abode because of... Continue Reading →

Day 12 – Plumeria

My first trip to the Islands was back in 1992. It was to the Big Island. One of my most vivid memories of that trip was the perfumed air. It wasn't the smell of that so-called "fresh scent" that humans have tried to make out of synthetic or petroleum based products that cling to your... Continue Reading →

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