All posts tagged Hawaii

Kali, the Feisty Cat: an Elegy

We had to put down our feisty cat recently. Kali was 21.5 years old, a feral native of O’ahu. She and I had a love-hate relationship. Everyone else in the family loved her. The only cat our daughter every knew, the whip-thin, yowling tortoiseshell Kali survived and reinvented herself at least four times. Hawai’i I […]

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Hiking Diamond Head

Diamond Head

My eyes always went to Diamond Head when we traveled toward Honolulu. Our family lived on O’ahu for four years and the craggy extinct volcano rearing over Waikiki Beach was my daily reminder we lived on an island. I’ve seen it in all sorts of dramatic lights and enjoyed the view each time. We visit it […]

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A Helicopter Ride in Kaua’i

So we rode a helicopter in Kaua’i. It was not on my bucket list. I never wanted to take a helicopter ride. It was the easiest way for me, however, to see something on my bucket list: the Na Pali Coast. Our daughter thought it sounded like a lot of fun. So up we went. […]

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My Own Wrinkle in Time

“Why, you had your own wrinkle in time,” my friend exclaimed. I’d recounted a story in which he had given me a surprising gift We’re both fans of Madeleine L’Engle‘s Newberry award winning novel A Wrinkle in Time, but his words caught me by surprise. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but he […]

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Hurricanes, Hawai’i and the US Navy


The hurricanes powering through the Hawai’ian islands today are reminding me of several incidents involving my family. In 1982, powerful Hurricane Iwa roared over Kaua’i, the western most inhabited island in the chain, and left it in shambles. Electrical power was out for more than a week in some places on this lush vegetated island, and […]

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