May I moved to Hawai'i after living most recently in Southern
California, Northern New Mexico and Central Arizona. I was born
in the Great Lakes area.
I live on the beach on the North Shore of Oahu. I've taken thousands
of photographs since arriving. Mostly I shoot the incredibly luscious
flowers, the majestic turquoise waves, the beach, sunsets, surfers,
sailboarders, kite surfers, and critters, like crabs, chameleon,
geckos and caterpillars. (I hope you like my photographs of the
caterpillar's metamorphoses into a butterfly.)
case you don't know too much about Hawai'i, I want to give you some
basic background information. If you find Hawai'i interesting, there
are many web sites you can go to for more information.
LAND In the Middle of the Ocean
Hawai'i is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - 2,390 miles from
California, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China and 5,280
miles from the Philippines.
islands were formed by volcanic activity over millions of years.
The Big Island is the youngest of the islands. Two volcanoes are
still erupting over there, slowly adding new land to the island
is not considered part of any continent. It's comprised of 8 major
islands (Oahu, Hawai'i, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoíolawe,
and Niihau) and a series of smaller ones. Hawai'i is the world's
longest island chain.
is located 1,500 miles from the Equator, so it's summer all year
around ñ average temperature is 85 degrees. Actually it does
get a bit cooler (mostly at night) late November through February,
and it's really warm during the usual summer months (low 90's) so
I'm very glad to live on the beach.
island of Oahu, where I live, is the third largest in area and the
most populated of the islands. About 75% of the state's (all the
islands) total population lives on Oahu, where Honolulu, the capital
is. Adjacent to Honolulu is Waikiki, famous for its beaches, and
where most tourists stay.
on the North Shore, it's"country". Honolulu is on the
southern end, and it takes me a little over an hour to get there
going through the middle of the island, partly on freeways. If I
take the long winding road along the ocean, it's prettier, but it
takes longer to get home.
here think that's far! Can you imagine? But once you live here,
it does seem rather far. I think it's because parts of the island
are so very different.
SHORE and SURFING
The North Shore beach community is famous as the surf capitol of
the world. During the winter months, which are now, there are ongoing
surf contests. I live at Sunset Beach, which is famous for the biggest
waves in the world in winter. The waves come from Alaska, and grow
to 50'. Yes, people (a very few) actually surf in waves that high,
but it's very very dangerous. Waves that big aren't common, 3 to
15 feet are, and that's when all the surfers are out there all day,
and into the night.
was incredibly lucky to have found a place up here on the beach.
I've basically lived in a bathing suit since I moved here. (No,
I don't surf, I'm a beachwalker) It's not unusual to go to the grocery
store, and half the people are wearing bathing suits. There is one
major road, the Kamehameha Highway, (named after Hawai'i's greatest
statesman, warrior and king, born between 1748 and 1761) and it's
along the beach. There ís one small town, Hale'iwa, about
ten miles up the road and it's a surf town. Just about all the shops
sell surf gear, beachwear, or art. Hale'iwa also has the basics:
a hardware store, food store, electronics store, health clinic,
small restaurants, post office, and I was very happy to discover,
a great health food store too.
Kahanamoku and Jim Thorpe
During the days of the famous Sac and Fox Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe,
a Hawai'ian named Duke Kahanamoku became famous for making surfing
a favorite sport worldwide. The two athletes met at the 1912 Olympic
games, and became friends.
the summer of 1911, Duke Kahanamoku, swam the 100-yard freestyle
4.6 seconds faster than anyone had before him." Duke did the
100-yard freestyle in 55.4 seconds, "shattering the world record
held by [two time] U.S. Olympic champion Charles M. Daniels."
In the 50-yard freestyle, he equaled Daniels' world record, coming
in at 24.2 seconds. For extra measure, Duke out swam all competitors
with a respectable 2:42:4 second finish in the 220-yard freestyle
his way to the 1912 Olympiad in Stockholm, Sweden, Duke met Native
American Jim Thorpe, celebrated as the greatest all-around athlete
of his time. "When Jimmy and I were on the boat to the Olympics
in Sweden," Duke remembered, "we had a talk. I said, 'Jimmy,
I've seen you run, jump, throw things and carry the ball. You do
everything so why don't you swim too?' "Jimmy just grinned
at me with that big grin he had for everyone, and said, 'Duke, I
saved that for you to take care of. I saved that for you.'"
history was made in Stockholm. Jim Thorpe won almost everything
on land and Duke Paoa Kahanamoku won almost everything in the water.
Duke broke the record for the 100-yard freestyle, winning the gold
medal. Kahanamoku and Thorpe so impressed their Swedish hosts and
the world that both were personally called to the Royal Victory
Stand where they received their gold medals and Olympic wreaths
directly from Sweden's King Gustaf."
the course of the next twenty years," wrote Grady Timmons,
"he continued to defy time, competing in four Olympic Games
and winning five medals. When he finally retired, at age forty-two,
he could still swim as fast as when he was twenty-one."
became an unofficial ambassador for surfing and Hawai'i, traveling
and surfing all over the world.
there's a statue of Duke on the beach in Waikiki, where he did a
lot of his surfing.
Read the whole story at "http://www.hawaiianswimboat.com/duke1.html
HAWAI'I Became the 50th State
It is also important to know the history of how Hawai'i became the
50th state of the United States. It's a long story, and I hope you
will do further research to learn all about it. Here is a little
hundreds of years, Hawaiian people lived in a prosperous primary
commune. At the time of the first European contact by the English
Captain Cook in 1792 - Cook was the boss of the infamous Captain
Bligh - there were between 800,000 and 1 million Hawaiians living
on the islands.
with the onslaught of U.S. and European colonialism through its
agents, land-grabbers and their missionary partners-- the indigenous
peoples of the islands soon met the same fate millions of Native
people in the Americas did. By 1890, the Hawaiian population was
reduced to just 40,000.
US land owners in Hawaii called on the military to crush the Hawaiian
government. This conspiracy overthrew the Hawaiian government."
Dec. 18, 1994, more than 500 indigenous Hawaiians and their supporters
marched through the streets near the famed Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.
The marchers demanded Hawaiian sovereignty.
further strengthen their voice, they disrupted traffic for several
hours. That same day, protesters held a rally near city and state
offices to condemn the 1893 US armed takeover of the Hawaiian Islands.
actions came on the heels of the US Congress's passage of legislation
that apologizes for the military takeover of the Hawaiian nation
in 1893. President Bill Clinton signed it into law in December.
Read more at: http://nativenet.uthscsa.edu/archive/nl/9402/0186.html,
Commands of the US Military, Island of Kaho'olawe
Hawai'i is the location of the Pacific commands of the US Military,
including Pearl Harbor. The US government has taken over almost
25% of the island. There are bases scattered throughout Oahu for
the army, navy, air force, and marines and they want more land for
training. The military also has land on the Big Island and want
more there too. Then there's the island of Kahoíolawe that
was used for a bombing range. It's been returned to the Hawaiíian
people, but not in the cleaned up state the US government had agreed
is foremost a land of Aloha
Hawai'ians have captivating ancient legends and myths, a unique
and beautiful culture, a tumultuous history, and challenges like
any other place.
is also paradise. A land of great beauty; waterfalls, dolphins,
whales, giant sea turtles, neverending summer, breathtaking sunsets,
an abundance of green growing on a red earth, palm trees, entrancing
ocean waves, colorful fragrant flowers, heiaus (Hawaiian shrines)and
friendly people sharing the Aloha spirit.
The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each
person. It brings each person to the Self. Each person must think
and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence
of the life force, Aloha, the following unuhi laul loa (free
translation) may be used:
meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
LÙkahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
'Olu'olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
Ha'aha'a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity
of Hawaii's people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians
and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii.
is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.
Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in
caring with no obligation in return.
Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is
important to every other person for collective existence.
Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be
seen and to know the unknowable.
more at, http://www.geocities.com/~olelo/alohaspiritlaw.html
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