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Walter White would be thinking intergalatic.

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Walter White would have been astounded at the chemistry.

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Walter White would use the trick on the treaters.

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Walter White did ask, “WTF????”

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Walter White would have asked, “why … really?”

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Walter White would question his contract.

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Walter White would have asked the artist to cease and desist.

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Walter White would be so very upset over this ink job!

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Walter White would have been appalled!

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Walter White would ask, “where did find my Legos?”

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Walter White would say, “let them eat cake!”

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Walter White would be a little off for the day.

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Walter White would be confused.

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Walter White would be proud.

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Walter White would be proud.

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Spheres of control – determination as the driver

say-my-nameNarcissists can be huge performers in their careers because their inflated sense of self-importance drives them onward and upward. The sense of determination to prove to the world they are indeed important is ever present. In their wake is an interpersonal explosion stemming from the exploitation of others. The wave extends higher based on the belief that they are  “special” and unique. Naturally then “they” can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people. Sound familiar?

The world is their audience, and everyone they meet—and everything that happens—is centered on them. If Target had a spokesperson – it would be him.

They are drawn to careers that allow them to receive the attention and power they crave, and to exert influence over others, reinforcing their perceived self-importance. Unfortunately, the same holds true for the psychopath. When in a position of authority, now determined more than ever, “he” becomes a dictator, obsessed with control and power, incensed when someone fails to carry out his instructions to the letter.

Determination, as a variation of a person’s will to live, is what drove Walter White to death — in a literal sense. Can we learn from what we observed? Does life beyond the digital bandland exist?


Spheres of control and persuasion

kingPersuasion is a symbolic process in which communicators try to convince other people to change their attitudes or behaviors regarding an issue – or a carefully crafted argument whose internal previews coerce belief. Persuasion is the next best thing when fulminated mercury can’t get the job done. For Walter White, his primary tools of persuasion were blackmail, lying and the astute ability to call someone’s bluff by utilizing game theory to configure, and thus understand, their options. He’s brilliant when he utters a momentous line: “If you could kill me, you would have already.”

The blissfully ignorant are simply unaware of the “bad sides” of the narcissist. They look the other way, or pretend that the narcissist’s behavior is normative, or turn a blind eye to his egregious misbehavior. They are classic deniers of reality. In a feat of cognitive dissonance, they deny any connection between the acts of the narcissist and their consequences. Are there consequences? Certainly. Is it profound? Yes, in many ways. Regrettably, the narcissist rarely pays the price for his offenses. His victims pick up the tab.


Spheres of control — only one has proprietary knowledge

egoThe narcissist may study a given subject diligently and in great depth in order to impress people later with this newly acquired erudition. But, having served its purpose, the narcissist lets the knowledge thus acquired evaporate. The narcissist maintains a sort of a “short-term” cell or warehouse where he stores whatever may come handy in the pursuit of narcissistic supply, i.e., attention. But he is almost never really interested in what he does, studies, and experiences. Please re-read that last sentence and repeat after me – Wilco tango foxtrot! What does this suggest?

Walter White was able to leverage his power because he kept his information proprietary. It’s the reason he killed Gale Boetticher, and the very reason he hung Jesse out to dry when he was sent down to Mexico to cook for the cartel.

“What? You didn’t read your email?!”


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Spheres of control – the power of discipline

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The normal person is likely to welcome a moderate amount of attention – verbal and non-verbal – in the form of affirmation, approval, or admiration. Too much attention, though, is perceived as onerous and is avoided. Destructive and negative criticism is avoided altogether.

The narcissist, in contrast, is the mental equivalent of an alcoholic. He is insatiable. He directs his whole behavior, in fact his life, to obtain these pleasurable titbits of attention. He embeds them in a coherent, completely biased, picture of himself. He uses them to regulate his labile sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

To elicit constant interest, he projects to others a confabulated, fictitious version of himself, known as the false self. The false self is everything the narcissist is not: omniscient, omnipotent, charming, intelligent, rich, or well-connected. Does this require discipline? You betcha. A blue-million pounds of discipline.


Spheres of control – and the power to drive it

Power_scrubResearchers found that people who score high in narcissism tend to take control of leaderless groups. The definition of group could be one, 110 or eight. Again, the construct is complex. However, the overt and distasteful trait most visible is an exaggerated sense of self-worth. Possessing ample talents and abilities, the Achilles heel is a lack empathy for others.

Power and narcissism is a melding of overconfidence guided by a self-centered GPS. “Have you forgotten, no one else can do it!”

And while narcissists are more likely to become leaders, results of a Harvard medical study suggests that, once in power, narcissists don’t perform any better than others in that leadership role. Rather than leading, the narcissist becomes a boss whose envy for others is subtle. Underpinnings associated with envy rap hard at the door of those who have what they don’t, who are skilled at what they are not, who can feel what they don’t, and who are happy just being themselves.

Does change ever occur? No, not really. They love the image of themselves.


Spheres of control – pride and proud of it

narcissitic HeisenbergAs the world turns, so does the way in which a person projects his or her image. Proud when it’s the image wanted and ashamed when the person is no longer able to deliver.

The common thread is an over-inflated sense of self-worth, and a belief that he or she is better than almost anyone.

Did Walter White see that reflection in the mirror – or the blood dripping from his chin? Hidden behind dark glasses and big-screen fantasies, he became whomever he needed to be in order to achieve his objective.

Seen, felt and heard were the rant towards others – treating them terribly or rudely. Interaction became incredibly demanding and lacked empathy.

Giving up control truly means control. It, however, is foreign to the narcissist.


Spheres of control – wealth paves the way to grandiosity

HeisenbergMillions (hundreds of millions) of people connect wealth with the belief that it provides security and protection. Factually stated, wealth and the pursuit of money is for many people, proof of security. And for many more millions of people, wealth buys happiness (or at least it opens up a world of potential happiness).

The sphere of control as it extends from a monetary front creates a multi-faceted and complex construct. It bolsters the sense of entitlement. Meaning, as a person’s level of privilege rises, that person becomes increasingly self-focused – in a sense, becoming the center of their own world and worldview.

The outcropping most associated with this construct is an arrogantly superior and disdainful disposition. One that is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, and brilliance. Underscoring any one word only means that all words are underscored.

Walter White would be proud.


Spheres of control – and the evolution of life – existence

green_vortexThe meek shall inherit the earth but the wise man knows he does not get to decide how long he lives. Certainly we can control when we pass, but no one can control how long we walk this planet. The right to life is a temporary hall pass and we all return to dust in the wind. So why do we operate as though we can control life itself or the people around us? Is control a method by which we gain comfort over the stresses of life? Does it produce a smooth path on which we can tread?

Psychologists who study human behavior will often make the statement that domination is an illusion and fleeting at best. Anthropologists believe, generally speaking, that domination is the faulty backbone of a self-righteousness man (or woman). In essence, the type of person who displays moral superiority intertwined with narcissistic behaviors. It’s complicated, detached, and is derived from a sense that one’s beliefs, actions, or affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average person. Unlike clothing, this isn’t something you outgrow. It’s connected like an appendage. For anyone with an objective lens, it’s nothing more than a Walter White fantasy being played out down the hallway in some planetary sphere we call the corner.


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Big sunsets come from the Big Island – Aloha!

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Sign of the times from Hawaii

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Hawaiian Lava Daily – a dose of lava.

my_mindOne of the websites about lava production from the Big Island is Hawaiian Lava Daily. Most folks aren’t really interested in the formation of ‘new land’ but HLD is very interested.

When you want an update about the lava flows and current activity, USGS gives you even more details but none of the fancy photography of HDL.

When you consider the options for travel to Hawaii – consider the Big Island is big adventure is on your mind. Aloha.


Pu’u ‘O’õ – on the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano

pu'o o'oPuʻu ʻŌʻō (pronounced “poo-oo oh-oh”) is a cinder/spatter cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano of the Hawaiian Islands. The photo herein was taken about 25′ very mouth of Pele. Look close enough and you can see Pele’s mouth, nose and eyes. I was lucky to have gotten up close to this spectacle — as it’s illegal to hike near the volcano. “Oh-oh!”

Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, making it the longest-lived rift-zone eruption of the last two centuries. Although the name is often translated as “Hill of the ʻŌʻō Bird” from Hawaiian, there is a different explanation of the Hawaiian appellation. The word ʻŌʻō also means digging stick. Because in Hawaiian legends the volcano goddess Pele uses her magic rod pāoa to create volcanic pits, this seems to be the intention for the naming. The cone was originally informally called “Puʻu O” by volcanologists, who simply assigned letters to vents as they arose during the first part of the eruption.

If you want to get up close – make sure to get a guide who has “been there – done that.” You can only hike in through the dark of night – which makes it even more dangerous. Whew.


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Sign of our times.

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Saturday sunshine means it’s a climbing day. I didn’t see these people on my climb though.

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Friday’s filled with fun and a little happiness from the Bunny.

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Hawaiian workouts include all your friends.

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Island rain showers mean green plants and lots of flowers.

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When it rains while the sun is out, you know it’s short lived. The more it rains the more it’s short lived. Unless you’re living under a dark cloud.


Big Island and the Kohala coastal area.

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As you drive 20-minutes north of Kona International Airport, you’ll marvel at the rugged lava fields surrounding you. You may not see it from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, but the Kohala Coast, also simply known as “South Kohala,” is where you’ll find some of the island’s finest resorts.

Nestled amongst the jet-black and rust-red lava rock fields, a result of eruptions from Hualalai volcano centuries ago, are green oases full of world-class accommodations, fine dining and some of Hawaii’s best golf courses. Less than nine inches of rainfall annually falls on the eight outstanding resorts here, so soak in the sun and relax at Hapuna Beach State Park, one of Hawaii Island’s largest white sand beaches, indulge in a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine or recharge at some of the island’s best spas. You’ll discover cultural treasures on the Kohala Coast too, from Anaehoomalu Petroglyphs field in the Waikoloa Resort to those of the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve as well as the remarkable Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, the largest restored heiau in Hawaii. Spencer Beach Park, just below Puukohola Heiau, is another family-friendly beach popular with locals.

 

 

 

 


Place of refuge – and the Big Island

Big_Island_lavaOne of the most accessible, interesting, and enchanting cultural sites in the State of Hawaii is the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.  Translated, the “Place of Refuge at Honaunau” is the most complete restoration of an ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary in Hawaii. On the black lava flats of the southern Kona Coast, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau is a preserved ancient Hawaiian village.  This National Park is located adjacent to the excellent snorkeling spot of Honaunau Bay.
Tall royal palms surround the temple complex that sits on a 20-acre finger of lava bordered by the sea on three sides. The only access to the Pu’uhonua (temple of refuge) was by swimming across a bay known as the Sharks Den. If you managed to survive, the kahuna (priest) was required, under pain of death, to offer you sanctuary and absolve you of all wrong doing. Here in the national park you can walk through an ancient Hawaiian village and see firsthand how the kings of Hawaii once lived.

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (daily 7.30am-5.30pm; $2; ), four miles on from Kealakekua, is the single most evocative historical site in all the Hawaiian islands, jutting into the Pacific on a small peninsula of jagged black lava. The grounds include a palace, with fishpond and private canoe landing, and three heiaus , guarded by large carved effigies of gods – reproductions, but still eerie in their original setting. An ancient ” place of refuge ” lies firmly protected behind the mortar-less masonry of the sixteenth-century Great Wall.  Those who broke ancient Hawaii’s intricate system of kapu (taboo) – perhaps by treading on the shadow of a chief, or fishing in the wrong season – could expect summary execution unless they fled to the sanctuary of a place such as this. As chiefs lived on the surrounding land, transgressors had to swim through the shark-infested seas. If successful, they would be absolved and released overnight.

 

 

 

 


The Big Island tide pool flow with a storm nearby.

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Located on the Kapoho Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kapoho Tide Pools are an unusually large grouping of tide pools and spring fed pools that stretch out for roughly one mile along the shoreline and extend as much as 600 feet out into the Pacific Ocean. The pools formed naturally and, surprisingly, many of them are actually heated volcanically. Soaking in their warm, brackish water is said to be very soothing.

For this reason, some of the smaller tide pools have been incorporated by local residents into swimming pools and hot tubs on their private property. The rarely crowded pools located in public areas are also available for bathing and afford a very calm and relaxing experience to those willing to seek them out.


Top visits on Maui. A quick list, links and maps. Aloha

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It’s time to think Poke!

poke_FoodLanPoke is a raw salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Pokē is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”. The traditional Hawaiian poke consists of meat that has been gutted, skinned, and deboned. It is sliced across the backbone as fillet, then served with traditional condiments such as sea salt, seaweed, and limu. Some Hawaiians would suck the flesh off the bones and spit out the uneaten skin and bones. During the 19th century, recently introduced foreign vegetables such as tomatoes and onions were included, and now Maui onions are a very common ingredient. When on Maui – visit Foodland – they have the best selection prefaced only by a formal taste test. Aloha.


Gift giving and the care meter. Gifts and caring need revisiting.

Care_meterDoes the notion of gift-giving conjure up smiles, positive interaction and appreciation? Leave off the appreciation – and the notion still evokes smiles and positive thoughts for most of us. Right? Anticipating a gift – somewhat delayed by say … the United States Postal Service or even FedEx …. is enough to warm the heart of even the Wicked Witch of the West! At least that’s what I saw when I watched the Wizard of Oz the last time (37 and counting BTW).

Some people equate ‘love’ and ‘gifts’ as one in the same, and without a present they don’t feel loved. Have you ever heard the words, “I didn’t get nothing!” …? I have, and it feels – well – strange. Ever heard the words, “got your card – what was the amount?” I have, and it was the last time I’ll hear those words.

Just to reiterate my commitment related to gifts, let’s revisit the Surf808 gift giving policy: For special occasions (birthdays, invented retail holidays such as mothers/fathers days, Christmas, etc.), the gift will be a symbol of the relationship. Should there be a relationship, the gift will reflect the essence of the relationship in at least two ways. First, it will be meaningful to the giver and receiver. Second (and this is important), it will not a financial contribution. Unlike Obama’s health care plan, the Surf808 gift giving policy includes a recommendation for the receiver … just in case!

The policy states: it’s best to pre-purchase a ‘from-me-to-me” gift to ensure you receive what you want when you want it. Gosh that was simple!

When in doubt, check the Care Meter and you’ll know what it reads.


Coming or going – “aloha!”

alohaAloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello. Currently, it is mostly used in the sense of “hello”. “Aloha” is also included in the state nickname of Hawaii, the “Aloha State,” though most folks I know call it the 808-state.


Looking toward Mauna Loa

looking_toward_Mauna_LoaMauna Loa is one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi in the Pacific Ocean. Mauna Loa is the largest subaerial volcano in both mass and volume, and has historically been thought of as the largest volcano on Earth; however, the recently discovered submerged supervolcano Tamu Massif is many times larger. It is an active shield volcano, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles (75,000 km3),although its peak is about 120 feet (37 m) lower than that of its neighbor, Mauna Kea. The Hawaiian name “Mauna Loa” means “Long Mountain”. Lava eruptions from Mauna Loa are silica-poor, and very fluid; eruptions tend to be non-explosive and the volcano has relatively shallow slopes.

Mauna Loa has probably been erupting for at least 700,000 years, and may have emerged above sea level about 400,000 years ago. The oldest-known dated rocks are not older than 200,000 years.The volcano’s magma comes from the Hawaii hotspot, which has been responsible for the creation of the Hawaiian island chain over tens of millions of years. The slow drift of the Pacific Plate will eventually carry Mauna Loa away from the hotspot within 500,000 to one million years from now, at which point it will become extinct.

Mauna Loa’s most recent eruption occurred from March 24 to April 15, 1984. No recent eruptions of the volcano have caused fatalities, but eruptions in 1926 and 1950 destroyed villages, and the city of Hilo is partly built on lava flows from the late 19th century. Based on the hazards it poses to population centers, Mauna Loa is part of the Decade Volcanoes program, which encourages studies of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Mauna Loa has been monitored intensively by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory since 1912. Observations of the atmosphere are undertaken at the Mauna Loa Observatory, and of the Sun at the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory, both located near the mountain’s summit. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park covers the summit and the southeastern flank of the volcano, and also incorporates Kīlauea, a separate volcano.


smooth_blueThere are a few reasons why the Pacific ocean is so blue. When light strikes water, the water filters the light so that red is absorbed and some blue is reflected. Blue also travels further through water than light with longer wavelengths (red, yellow, green) though very little light reaches deeper than 200 meters (656 feet), and no light at all penetrates beyond 2,000 meters (3,280 feet). Another reason the ocean appears blue is because it reflects the color of the sky. And overall, due to Hawaii’s low air-level pollution, the sky is bluer in appearance. Someone asked me why my photos depict a “deep blue ocean” … and add, “is that shopped?” ANSWER: it’s the Pacific as seen from Hawaii — and no, it’s not shopped. Aloha.


Snorkeling in Waimea Bay

snorkling in Waimea BayIn winter, Waimea and other North Shore locations such as Pipeline and Sunset Beach host a number of surfing contests because of the large waves found here. These waves are created by winter storms in the North Pacific, and their arrival on O‘ahu’s North Shore are typically forecast accurately several days in advance. In summer, Waimea typically has clear and calm water. Waves can be found virtually any time of year – mind the red / orange flags when staked out. Seriously.


Haleiwa, O’ahu. Scenic, surf-oriented, sunny and so laid back. It speaks aloha.

haleiwa-hotelThe sleepy little town of Haleiwa is nestled comfortably along Oahu’s North Shore. And it feels like you’re in the country — as it’s a complete 180 from the crowds of Waikiki. Over 100 years ago – before Waikiki built its first hotel, visionary businessman Benjamin J. Dillingham opened Hawaii’s finest lodging on a small strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Anahulu River. He named the grand Victorian hotel Haleiwa which means the House of the Iwa – the frigate bird that, according to Dillingham, evoked the style he intended for the Haleiwa hotel. Back in the day, Haleiwa was set in the middle of nowheresville – literally. It was a day when no one worried about keeping the country country.  Dillingham’s plan was to lay down a railroad through which he could serve his sugar plantations between Honolulu and Waialua. Add in a grand hotel at the end of the line and BOOOM – we’re talking bank!

For many years, it was a leisure spot “out of town” that evolved into a community which adopted the name Haleiwa. The hotel is long gone – sadly – but it’s still a hopping place! A surfer’s delight I might add. Designated a Historic, Cultural and Scenic District in 1984, Haleiwa has maintained its simple charm and laid-back environment. This is definitely a boardshort and slippah kind of place.
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Ka Lae – South Point – Big Island: 18.9111° N, 155.6811° W

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Texting, grammar and rude behavior – a challenge from Hawaii

table textingA favorite blogsite, Better Hawai’i,  recently provided some polite guidelines for those who text. Upon review of the texts that I received the last two weeks, only those from my wife were grammatically correct. Never mind the fact that she’s a secret adviser to the Oxford English Dictionary; only a handful of my texts were readable within the context as suggested by Better Hawai’i. The very moment we abbreviate words to quickly convey a message or utterance, that is the moment we’re distracted by the whole process of texting itself.

Rather than convey clarity – we convey brevity. Terse comments lead to the appearance of rudeness. The youth of today would argue the point. And then again, those are the same people who sit across from one another at dinner time and text rather than talk. Where is the Emily Post of the digital era?

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Hawaiian lava roads and paths lead to one thing – the Pacific.

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The Nuʻuanu Pali lookout watches over the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountains

IMG_3978On Oahu’s Windward coast, the Nuʻuanu Pali lookout watches over the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountains. The Koʻolau Range is a name given to the fragmented remnant of the eastern or windward shield volcano of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972, and is truly one of the best viewpoints on Oahu to gaze out across the landscape. The Pali Pass provides panoramic vistas looking out toward Chinaman’s Hat and Kāneʻohe Bay. To clarify, Kāneʻohe Bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. This reef-dominated embayment constitutes a significant scenic and recreational feature along the windward (northeast) coast of the Island of Oʻahu. The largest population center on Kāneʻohe Bay is the town of Kāneʻohe.

The Pali Pass claimed its spot in Hawaiian hsitory in 1795 when it become the site of a massacre where King Kamehameha defeated the island’s warriors by forcing them off the treacherous cliff top to their deaths. Suggestion: you’ll need a tripod or be able to grip the railing because it can get extremely windy — and consider another layer of clothing because it can be chilly. Aloha.


Hawaii beaches: red, black, white, pink(ish), and green.

Green_sand_beach_HawaiiPapakōlea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach, is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only four green sand beaches in the World, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Hornindalsvatnet, Norway. It gets its distinctive coloring from the mineral olivine, found in the enclosing cinder cone.

olivineandlavaThe cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the first crystals to form as magma cools. Olivine is locally known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and is notably found in Oʻahu’s famous Diamond Head landmark.


POG – official drink of Hawaii

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POG is a tropical style juice drink created in 1971 by a food product consultant named Mary Soon who worked for Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii that consists of a blend of juices from passion fruit, orange, and guava fruits (hence the P.O.G.). POG is currently produced by Meadow Gold Dairy, a subsidiary of Dean Foods. Several companies produce a version of POG (such as Hawaiian Sun), as do resorts, travelers and anyone making fruity drinks at the end of the day.

Options to make it an all-natural Hawaiian POG drink

BEST POG – Obtain fresh ingredients

  • 2 Fresh Pineapple Rings – Cut Thickly, or  the Juice from 1 Passion Fruit
  • 1 Fresh Orange – Peeled
  • 1 Fresh Guava (skinned or whole)
  • 2-3 Cups Ice
Backup POG – All-natural ingredients
  • 1 Cup Natural Passion Fruit Nectar
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Natural Guava Fruit Nectar
  • 2-3 Cups Ice

 


Hawaii allows you to set a path, find one or follow one. Get busy moving because small moments make life.

Hawaii can be experienced without crowds of people, and for most of us who find our way back again and again it’s what we thrive to do … avoid crowds. Discovering a new beach or a spot where throngs of people haven’t landed is one of the best things about the experience. In my early visits to Hawaii, my photographs were sprinkled with people. As I moved off the beaten path and found new trails, my photos opened up and I learned the meaning of “keeping the country – country.”  Lately I’ve been asked, “where are the people?” My responses vary – but the norm is, “what, don’t you see them hiding in the brush?” Look close – find your own path.


Surf808 finds the hidden surf and roads less traveled

forest and treesSummer is still sizzling in the middle of the Pacific. Fact is, the temperature stays fairly constant most of the year. Yet another reason to live aloha. The paths leading away from tourists are not hard to find – you just have to look or Google the trails marked “steep or dangerous.” Actually, trails on all islands except O’ahu are typically void of tourists. Most people would rather be at a beach or resort (might be one in the same). When you Surf808, you’ll find the roads less traveled and vantage points from which you can capture people-free images. Aloha!


The McDonald’s of Haleiwa is located at 66-457 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712

First – find O’ahu. Then go to the North Shore. Go left at the sign that reads, “Hale’iwa.” mcdLook for the McDonald’s sign that isn’t a McDonald’s sign. Try the Spam McMuffin – it’s uber-tasty.


On this day we remember all events in American history that were tragic.

USS_SHAW_exploding_Pearl_Harbor_Nara_80-G-16871_2 The Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 became, “A day that will live in infamy.” When President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke those seven words, it rang loudly – but true – in the hearts of Americans. Along with September 11 – it too is a day we should never forget.

Current generations are still struggling with the events of September 11, 2001 and have since culturzied it into a numerical “9/11” nomenclature. Also known as The Pearl Harbor attack of our generation, 9/11 will live in infamy.


Maui’s coconut palms overhead – and overheard

VG8A5875Found throughout the tropic and subtropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many domestic, commercial, and industrial uses of its different parts. Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of “water” and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. When mature, they still contain some water and can be used as seednuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk. The endosperm is initially in its nuclear phase suspended within the coconut water. As development continues, cellular layers of endosperm deposit along the walls of the coconut, becoming the edible coconut “flesh”.

c2o-coconut-waterWhen dried, the coconut flesh is called copra. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The clear liquid coconut water within is a refreshing drink. My personal favorite is C2O. Aloha.


Palms of Maui and Hana Palms Retreat

palmsetHana Gardenland is 3.5 miles from Hana Town, and is a lush paradise retreat blessed by rainfall, sunshine and cool breezes with over 5 acres of meandering pathways through palm trees, tropical gardens, flowers and jungle. We’ve visited Hana Gardenland but not stayed there. Within the estate are two residences, the Garden House (which has two complete residential units) and the Palms House. These homes are perfect vacation rentals, surrounded by the beauty and serenity of lush, tropical, botanical gardens. Hana Gardenland is a perfect model for eco-tourism, where guests and visitors can roam the botanical gardens and learn about plants thriving in the Hana Maui ecosystem, enjoying tropical fruit in season along the way. Aloha!


Maui’s red dirt keeps you digging for more.

sunny_red_dirtReturn from Maui and you’re sure to remember red dirt. It’s ever present. Add a little water and voila, you have red mud. Either way, you’ll be reminded long after you leave. For some reason, washing with soap and water ‘sorta’ works. Scrub a dub on the hands and feet and you’ll remove most of it, but not all of it. Rub a little red dirt on your clothing and you’ll be presented with a new challenge.

Ok – enough about the difficulties of red dirt removal.

When hiking back country of Hawai’i, I look forward to long hikes along red dirt roads. I love the smell, the color and contrast it creates with anything nearby.

Red dirt speaks aloha.


Queen Lili’uokalani – proof of a sovereign nation

Liliuokalani_sitting_on_throne_(PP-98-12-012)“Before ascending the throne, for fourteen years, or since the date of my proclamation as heir apparent, my official title had been simply Liliuokalani. Thus I was proclaimed both Princess Royal and Queen. Thus it is recorded in the archives of the government to this day. The Provisional Government nor any other had enacted any change in my name. All my official acts, as well as my private letters, were issued over the signature of Liliuokalani. But when my jailers required me to sign “Liliuokalani Dominis,” I did as they commanded. Their motive in this as in other actions was plainly to humiliate me before my people and before the world. I saw in a moment, what they did not, that, even were I not complying under the most severe and exacting duress, by this demand they had overreached themselves. There is not, and never was, within the range of my knowledge, any such a person as Liliuokalani Dominis.”

 —Liliuokalani, Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, speaking about her abdication from her autobiography Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen


Hidden Lahaina isn’t so difficult to find. Just look for it.

LahainaJust off Front Street, Lahaina comes to life. Not the kind of life found on the street … I’m talking about spots that are void of the congestion and foot traffic. I found the other side of Lahaina seeking refuge from the grunge, overdone retail, stench, street hecklers, etc. etc. Not that some of those things can’t be interesting. To me, Lahaina needs some pressure washing and Frebreze. Hidden Lahaina is closer to the water behind the buildings lining Front Street. Luckily I cam equipped with a camera.


Awa`awapuhi hiking: tough hike – great views. Worth the adventure.

KauaiFound in Koke`e State Park this trail winds through a highland forest with occasional ridge top views. It’s all downhill. Let me reiterate … all down hill means all uphill on the return trip. The day I hiked this trail, I carried a 100oz of water, a Canon 7D, tripod, Sony PCM50, etc. a point and shoot Canon with a few other goodies. At 25lbs, the trip became a real workout.

Take the trail outward (toward the end) to the grassy point overlooking the sheer cliffs of Awa`awapuhi and Nualolo valleys resting 2,000 feet below. The option to connect to the Nualolo trail should be taken only by those prepared for a hike over 9 miles long (one-way). Remember there is no water available nor facilities – be prepared.


The mountains of east Moloka’i – the Kamakou Preserve – can be clearly seen early in the day.

Moloka'i_morning_clearThe nearly 2,774-acre Kamakou Preserve on the slopes Kamakou, the island’s highest mountain, is striking when viewed from Maui.  Before you venture, plan ahead because the weather can and will affect your visit to the Preserve. When there, you can see more than 250 rare Hawaiian plants, 219 of which can be found nowhere else in the world, hear the song of the olomao, or what is called the Molokai thrush, and the kawawahie – commonly called the “Molokai creeper.” Both of these birds are near extinction. The best hike is along the three-mile (round-trip) narrow Kamakou boardwalk that takes you through unspoiled rain forest. The Nature Conservancy offers a monthly tour of this unique preserve, which is unlike any other on earth.


Maui – early morning – the calm before the beach is active.

Blue_Pacific_Lana'iEarly morning beach time is really special on Maui. Most tourists avoid early bird beach adventure. And the ones that show up are quietly enjoying a morning walk, run or combing. Seeking a ‘no foot prints in the sand’ photo can be challenging on all Hawaiian islands — so arrive early. It’s the calm before crowds get crazy loud at the beach.


Snorkeling in Waimea Bay

In winter, Waimea and other North Shore locations such as Pipeline and Sunset Beach host a number of surfing contests because of the large waves found here. These waves are created by winter storms in the North Pacific, and their arrival on O‘ahu’s North Shore are typically forecast accurately several days in advance. In summer, Waimea typically has clear and calm water.


New site, new way – the only path on the 808.

noho 'ainaSince its inception in ’07, this site has evolved and grown. Over the past “few thousand posts,” I’ve saturated this digital footprint with kama’ãina motion. As a “PhotoMotoBlog” the site jumped around like a cricket never landing on one spot for very long. Even with millions of unique visitors, the site needed a new life or a way of life – and so Noho ‘ana was born. To the casual observer the site is photo-rich but the trained eye sees a layered look at the 808. Among the 2,500+ posts sits a media library jungle with more than 4,000 images – 85% of which are owned by David Avery Photography™.

Noho ‘ana is a kama’ãina view of the 808. Yes, I said it, a kama’ãina view. You don’t have to live local to be local. Surf808.


September ONE and it’s all about Pooter.

DA_PooterThe sweetheart of my life is my loving wife – Pooter. Not her real name – but the name I use so often that it might as well be her name. “Pooter” … “Sweeeetee.” Back and forth it goes and the only thing that matters is we’re just a few miles away from where we were married. As the new site takes off, I’m hopeful it will sweeten with age. Aloha.


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One last look across the Pailolo channel.

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“Just another post” about the Pacific

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Outta place on the cliff by the ocean looking toward Moloka’i … is that a song?

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Looking upward from 1,500′ toward the peak of Haleakala at 10,053′; open up the image to 1800 pixels

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Sweeping views above the windmills – Maui

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The view looking toward Kaho’olawe from Kihei

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Zig zag roadway zagway

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A dusty trail leads to an infinity pool we call the Pacific

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No bike Hawai’i and we’re biking anyway

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Sun over Maui – what a view

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Lahaina Trail – Maui

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The Lahaina Pali Trail – Maui

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Another sign of our times – aloha

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Cloudy here – sunny there. Raining here – no vog there. When are we leaving?

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Sunsetting along the Kona coastline – Big Island aloha

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Big Island split lava rock from a lot of heat; probably was sunny!

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Sand at your feet and a Pacific ocean view – alohaahhhh

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South end of the Kona coast – Big Island

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Puffie yellow flowers – they look like wax

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Hedychium coronarium near our home on the Big Island

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Pink flowers from Kona – Keauhou

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Trails made for exploring and quickly moving from beach to beach

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Another sunset with aloha

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Surf and lava – along the shoreline – Big Island

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Looking to the south end of the Kona coast

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Sunny, dry and we’re getting wet again. I think Death Valley is calling me.

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Raw Kona surf and it’s my Island – rain or shine

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Life church – Kona, Big Island

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Early morning surf just off Ali’i Drive – Kona.

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Big Island – Kona coast

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Back road hiking near the Pacific – taking you as far as you want to go.

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Big sun from the Big Island.

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Awesome sunset over the Pacific – Big Island style.

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Signs of the times – but I’m not making fun because I misspell words I shouldn’t misspell.

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Still waters near the Pacific are a soaker’s paradise.

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Wind turbines are not so popular in Hawai’i … they are really noisy.

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Honu wall painting in Kona

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Honu Hawai’i

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Big Island: the hidden Kona coast.

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Evening time on the Big Island – alohahhh.

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FACT: Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rates from Kilauea Volcano were first measured by Stoiber and Malone in 1975.

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Hawai’i state flower – the hibiscus.

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The Big Island meets the Pacific – they both win.

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Rugged lava coastline along the south side of the Big Island. Dry equals good.

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It was a drive by shooting (camera shooting).

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Rams – goats – either way – they smell!

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Yes, it rains on the Big Island – look at the green canopy.

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Friday’s surf was up. I miss the Big Island.

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The rainbow is out there near the horizon. Finally it rained on the Big Island.

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The bird by the bay. It’s a restaurant you know.

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Kilauea eruptions filled Iki with a lava lake 414 feet deep. Hot or not?

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You see surf. The camera sees a black sand beach.

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Big Island rules

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Flags over head with blue sky and a Big Island heat wave too.

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More sunshine from a Kohala coast perspective.

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Big boats ready for the launch

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Just when the dry theme feels over done, it rains again. The Big Island is DRY!

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The ‘Ohi’a cave historic perserve. “You are here.”

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July 4th and it’s raining. On the Big Island it’s sunny. I miss home.

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The theme of Hilo being sun filled is wonderful – cause it’s usually wet there.

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You see more surf. The camera sees a blue sky and I feel the warmth of a Big Island afternoon in the sun!

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Fu guard dog of Hilo

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The Pacific is so blue and with a blue sky – it feels like SPF30 weather.

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Wind swept and dry along the Kona coast

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Portrait of Pele, the well known volcano goddess living in the crater of Kilauea.

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Wet at home – dry on the Kona coast – aloha

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Red flowers give my camera a fit – only in Hawai’i though.

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Inside the beachside hut where we rest – ah.

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Big Island palms settle in for the vog.

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Sunrise near the shore – along the Kohala coast

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The camera has a hard time with some flowers – especially red ones.

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Postcard sunsets from Hawaii – aloha

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Beautiful sunsets even with Big Island vog – aloha.

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Somewhere on the Big Island it actually rained – right?

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North of Kona in Kohala – yes – it’s dry there too!

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Big Island along the Kona coast – and it’s DRY!

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Hawaiian sunsets bring smiles to the palm trees.

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Afternoon vog on the Big Island but the rain holds off.

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Signs of the times from Kilauea

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Sunsets without a layer of clouds is welcoming – from the Big Island

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Ok, so it rains a little on the Big Island.

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Once again it’s dry in Hilo – aloha!

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The path to the Pacific with distant storms on the horizon.

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Bayan shade from the hot afternoon sun – Hilo

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It’s even dry in Hilo – go figure!

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Purple flowers near the shore on the Big Island.

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