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You Know You're on the Big Island When....

Anneli Rufus | Posted 07.20.2015 | Travel
Anneli Rufus

Admit it. Sometimes you're all: These giant spider lilies, these feral pigs and this supermarket aisle stocked entirely with cans of Spam have me mystified. Where am I?

Pacific Ceremony to Hail Mankind's New Beginnings

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Catherine Bauknight

Introduction by Catherine Bauknight Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the massacre that happened in Tiananmen Square on June 3-4, 1989 when, people...

Around the World on a Wa'a

Richard Ha | Posted 08.03.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

The Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokule'a and Hikianalia departed Hilo a couple days ago, headed for Tahiti on the first leg of an around-the-world voyage.

I'm With Stupid: Popping Tiny Bubbles of Volcanic Ignorance

Todd Hartley | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Todd Hartley

I grew up in the East, so everything I know about Hawaii I learned from TV. Think Magnum, P.I.; Hawaii Five-0; The Brady Bunch: that kind of stuff.

Jungle Beat: Alice's Fantasy and Tragedy

Barbara Fahs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

Alice hung herself today. I didn't know her well -- in fact, I met her just once, at her home on Mango Grove Road in Hawaii. But her story moved me.

Jungle Beat #1: Who We Are

Barbara Fahs | Posted 11.30.2013 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

How many others live in the jungles north, west and south of town? That's a matter of speculation because many of these souls want to remain anonymous.

A Tooth Fairy's Loving Rejection Letter

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.27.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

As I sat there rubbing his feet on that early school morning, I realized that my boy is growing up. It made me both sad and happy. He is so full of questions, wanting solid answers, and yet still filled with the mysteries of life, like wanting to ask the Tooth Fairy for a flying potion.

Daily Opportunities for Sacredness and Peace

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

How can we figuratively or literally take off our sandals so that we can have awareness that, right here and right now, we are standing on holy ground?

The Simple Life: Off the Grid in Hilo

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.06.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

Kim, Bodhi and I moved to the Big Island from Honolulu four years ago basically to live more simply. We bought 9.26 acres of blank ag land in the middle of an old growth 'ōhi'a lehua forest. We went to the woods to live completely off the grid and to also like Henry David Thoreau, "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." For a year and a half we produced our own electricity with a small solar panel and a 12 volt battery, we caught rainwater for cleaning and bathing (cold garden hose showers), weekly filled an ice chest with blocks of ice for refrigeration and used a five gallon bucket for a toilet.

Hawaii Tsunami?

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Takahashi

The latest scientific data seem to suggest a tsunami from one to seven feet striking Hawaii. But you never know, for the 8.5 Chile earthquake of 1922 caused havoc in Hilo Harbor, and 8.8 is three times more powerful.