Category: Currents

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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 […]

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Born To Sail Aboard Hokule‘a

He moves with confidence as the surging Pacific Ocean rolls beneath Hikianalia. His strong legs are more than seaworthy. It is clear he’s at home on the deck of the voyaging canoe. Maui Tauotaha was born to sail. “Uncle Nainoa (Thompson) once looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘Maui, you were born for […]

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A Pueo Sighting In Russia

Believe it or not, there’s been a pueo sighting in Russia. It was seen gliding swiftly on the surface of a calm body of water, out-racing its nearest peer before slowly pulling away. But on this occasion there was no prey, and this pueo wasn’t a predator. In fact, it wasn’t even a Hawaiian owl. […]

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Concerns About Hawaii’s Drones

In this high-tech gadget world we live in, new toys are surfacing at a rate that society may not be able to grasp fully or completely understand. Such is the case with unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones. It seems everywhere you turn these days someone has attached their video camera to a remote-controlled model […]

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Training UH Jellyfish Researchers

Over the past 17 years, University of Hawaii researcher and biochemist Angel Yanagihara literally has spent thousands of hours combing Waikiki’s shoreline in search of box jellyfish. Yanagihara’s commitment to learn more about the stinging creatures is driven by a near-death experience after being stung by jellies off Waikiki in July of 1997. Her immense […]