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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu November 30th 1999

This past weekend a festival called “The Great Hawaiian Folk Life Festival” was held on Sat. and Sun. at the Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Also held was a Parade through Waikiki, which I was not able to attend, to honor Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a popular Hawaiian Prince known as the People’s Prince, who instituted the Hawaiian Homestead Act which enables needy Native Hawaiian affordable housing up to this very day. A main beach in Waikiki is named after him, this past Monday was a State holiday to honor him, and a long highway known as the Kalanianaole Hwy. runs from East Honolulu, through Waimanalo and a large part of Kailua, bearing his name. The Festival ran in conjunction with a Arts and Craft Fair and featured popular Hawaiian Music Groups and a special Area ... read more
Hula-Ili Ili (Pebble Castanets)
Hula.
Hula.

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu November 30th 1999

On the evening of March 31, a fire broke out in a Unit, 2 units away causing mostly smoke damage. So the past 3 weeks were spent cleaning, vacuuming, scrubbing, washing, etc. to remove the odor so I could finally move back in. After 3 weeks, I was able to accomplish pretty much was I could to make the place livable, and not a day too soon, as the 23rd Annual Hawaii Pacific University Intercultural Day was to take place, in downtown. Though I only discovered it during the past 5 years of it occurrence, it does give me something to look forward to. The students from the various countries set up booths mostly for informational purposes to give others the opportunity to learn and hopefully appreciate the richness of their culture. At about noon, ... read more
Everyone, Say Sushi!
Middle Eastern Students.
Saudi  Student.

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu November 30th 1999

The Eastern Seacoast on the island of Oahu, is what probably most people elsewhere, may imagine what Hawaii looks like with it’s tropical greenness, slow unhurried lifestyle and miles of beaches and seacoast. As one exits the Likelike (pron. Likay Likay) Hwy. from the Wilson Tunnel, it may seem to him, like he just entered a Juraiassac Park. The first town one enters along this scenic coastline drive is Kaneohe (see a previous blog), a rather large low rise city with lots of commercial activity. After passing through this town, one comes across only small rural communities, with mostly Mom and Pop stores, and occasion souvenir or fruit stands. These communities are Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Waikane, Waiahole, Kualoa, Kaawa, Kahana, Punaluu, Hauula, Laie and Kahuku. On the first 15 miles or halfway up to the coast ... read more
Art Gallery- Kahaluu.
Koolau Mountain Range.
Morman Temple-Laie.

North America » United States » Alaska » Alaskan Highway November 30th 1999

12 June -- well, today we expect to arrive at the Grand Teton National Park. In the last few days, We encountered our first rainstorm as we neared Kansas City, and - yes - the small pass-through window into the camper leaks in spite of the pounds of caulk Tom used before we left. We’ll see how bad it gets before we caulk the whole window. We’ve found that credit card companies are becoming incredibly cautious about fraud. Bear in mind that we called our CC company before we left TN, telling them that we’d be on the road to Alaska for 3 months. We had an accident with Tom’s new laptop (lemonade doesn’t mix well with electronics) and bought a new laptop in Kansas City. That caused our CC company to block the card, which ... read more
The Rig

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki November 30th 1999

This past Sunday evening the streets of Waikiki looked more like the streets of Kyoto, Seoul, Naha or Hong Kong as the 28th Annual Pan-Pacific Parade took place. The event is a Japan sponsored function to promote friendship, culture exchange and fun between Japan and the Local cultures. The previous morning, there was another parade through Downtown and Waikiki honoring King Kamehameha (See Previous Journal). One would think it’ll be more sensible to have spread these events, let’s say at least a week or 2 apart, but hey, I just live here. Well, I’m not complaining as I love a parade anytime or anywhere. Basically various culture groups came from Japan specifically to participate in the event, such as traditional clowns, percussion bands, dancers, singers, etc. Usually at end, something new and interesting are featured. ... read more
Enter the Dragon.
Newly Renovated Beachwalk.
Kimono Clad.

North America » United States » California » Willits November 30th 1999

It's early, as I bicycle away from Orr Hot Springs. It's also cold. Arriving into the valleys that contain ancient redwoods the frosty air that is 20 degrees below that 10 miles east of here is notable; especially when riding. I have the entirity of Montgomery Woods State Park to myself even though it is the weekend, and I make a pleasant morning of it. I climb the first steep hill, leaving my bicycle behind, and after a short walk I reach the grove, a thin expanse marking one of the last virgin redwood forests in the region. Trees dwarfing me, making me feel lonely yet simaltaneously whole. Nature abounds. I take a hike later on above the grove to find a fence and a sign clearly stating, "No Trespassing", followed by a more vulgarly worded ... read more
Sunrise over Ukiah
In the hills, in for thrills
Inside my Yert

North America » United States » Florida November 30th 1999

A wise traveler never despises his own country.” - Carlo Goldoni They just wonder what is going on!!!! January 29, 2010, Friday The Suwannee River SP to St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge and on to Ochlochonee SP Along the way we stopped at St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge, and drove out to the Lighthouse. It didn’t seem to be open, but there was a trail nearby and walked enjoying the wildlife. The bird sightings were incredible…the bald eagle, coots, and many others. Recently the Whooping Cranes have followed an ultra-light aircraft to a remote area here, and have been re-introduced in this environment…time will tell how its works out. We continued onto Ochlockonee SP. The Ochlockonee River meets the Dead River and this area is popular with anglers. January 30, 2010, Saturday Ochlockonee SP FL ... read more
St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge
Many warning signs
Birding is so popular

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine November 30th 1999

Nov 30, 1999 City official name :St Augustine Founded date : Location :Florida State Elavation :? ft (? m) Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). Facts :St. Augustine is a city in St. Johns County, Florida, in the United States. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States. St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as The First Coast, which extends from Amelia Island in the north, south to Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Palm Coast. According to the 2000 census, the city population was 11,592; in 2004, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 12,157. It is the county seat of St. Johns County. St. Augustine was founde... read more
St Augustine
St Augustine
St Augustine

North America » United States » Colorado » Niwot November 30th 1999

We are finally home after 9 months of roaming the world. Our last few days of the trip we spent golfing, sunning and zipping the lines in Costa Rica -- what a blast --but the real magic came when we stepped off the plane in Denver. How to explain what that felt like? Like comfort and happiness and family, all rolled into one. It sounds so cliche, I'm sorry, but there is no place like home and when I say home, I mean our home here in Colorado, but I also mean the United States of America. If you want your kids to appreciate what they have and where they live, take them to places like Cambodia or Zimbabwe or India, all of which are stunningly beautiful but with much poverty. This has been an experience ... read more
Canopy Tour
Canopy Tour
Canopy Tour

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu November 30th 1999

The Answer Is: The Byrds of Paradise, Lost, Baywatch Hawaii and North Shore. Question: Name a few shows that were filmed at North Shore on Oahu? Which is incidentally the topic of this Blog, covering about a 30 mile length from the historic and colorful town of Haleiwa in the west to Turtle Bay Resort in Kuilima to the east. In between are mostly residential homes and agricultural industries in communities of Kawailoa, Sunset Beach, Waimea, Pupukea, Waialee and Kawela. Of course, the North Shore is instantly associated with monstrous waves, at least to the Locals here and the surfing community world-wide. However, on the day of my trip, the waves were rather small, so you won’t see much surfing photos today. Haleiwa, which literally means “House of Iwa” (named of a frigate bird), was ... read more
Turtle Bay Resort-Kuilima.
Wow, Is This Cool or What?
Da Rock, Waimea Bay.




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