Category: Currents

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Another Apple From Moniz Tree

Tony and Tammy Moniz are living proof of the old adage, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The husband-and-wife team has raised five beautiful children. And, like their parents, the Moniz children share a love for the ocean and have excelled in the sport of surfing. Daughter Kelia already has won two world […]

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Something About Wednesdays

There’s something about Wednesdays that brings out the best in Mother Nature. Perhaps it all started in 1978, with the release of the classic surf movie, Big Wednesday, or maybe it’s just pure coincidence. Whatever the explanation, an unexplained blessing from the ocean gods exists, and for some reason, Mother Nature has delivered big surf […]

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Bringing Back Our Koa Forests

It cuts through the ocean with ease and power, slicing through oncoming surf with grace and strength, and is one of the most magnificent displays of nature and man blending as one. The koa canoe long has been an important part of Hawaiian culture. The building of a new vessel was often an event, involving […]

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Hawaii Boy Gets Dream ‘Surfer’ Job

Alex Kilauano has vivid memories of surfing with his father William while growing up in Kailua. It is here where Kilauano fell in love with the ocean and the beautiful setting it provided for him and other wave riders. It also is here where the seeds of his career were planted. “My dad taught me […]

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Teaching Keiki To Respect Nature

Artist Patrick Ching always has been passionate about Hawaii’s precious ocean resources and Hawaii’s youths. In his latest book, Honu and Hina: A Story of Coexistence, he’s found a way to combine the two to deliver one very strong message. “We can share the ‘aina with animals,” he says emphatically. The new children’s book highlights […]

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Things That Lurk In Murky Waters

On Dec. 29, 2010, I shared in this column my decision to enter the ocean at Kailua Beach following a winter storm that soaked Oahu with eight inches of rain in a 24-hour period. A brown-water advisory had been issued for much of the island, and warning signs alerting the public that the ocean may […]

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A Teacher’s Arctic Summer Blast

It is often one of the first questions and assignments given to students when they return to school each fall: “What did you do on your summer vacation?” And while many dread writing about “going to the beach” or “getting a summer job,” please excuse Cristina Veresan if she’s chomping at the bit to share […]

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Allowing Nui To Go To A Better Place

I hate you, cancer. Like a cowardly burglar, you sheepishly enter homes in the middle of the night and destroy lives. It’s as if you get great joy crushing dreams and stealing precious time from those we love. But remember this: Despite your selfish ways, you cannot and will never rob us of our memories. […]

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Hokule‘a Apprentices Learn Fast

Pwo (master) navigator Nainoa Thompson took great care when he and other leaders of Polynesian Voyaging Society assembled the crew that would sail Hokule’a to Tahiti. It was filled with youth and inexperience. “Let me put it into perspective: Seventy-five percent of the crew is under the age of 40, 50 percent of the crew […]

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Opihi: Hawaii’s Delicacy Of Death

It is a classic example of supply and demand — and in this case, the demand is often higher than the supply. “You get opihi?” It’s a question many restaurants, seafood providers and local fish markets are asked during the busy graduation season. And while most of their freezers usually are stocked with the ono […]