Ancient Hawaiian Tiki Gods, on display at the Lahaina Center.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Free Diving Wahine exploring Hawaii's magnificent coral reefs. Archaeologists said that people have been earning their sustenance from freediving since the 5th century BCE. The first nation which was famous for it was the haenyeo in Korea. They collected shells and sponges to sell to others. The Ama Divers from Japan began to collect pearls 2000 years ago. But also the spearfishers around the Mediterranean Sea were important for the historical background for the movement of the apnea sport.
fun free diving
fun free diving
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Milky Way appears dim from most of the United States. But the big skies and dark tropical nights make Hawaii stargazing stellar. Imagine walking on a faintly moonlit beach, cool sand between your toes, and you look up to see the wonder of the Milky Way above you, "Hoku-noho-aupuni", a name for the Milky Way, along with "Leleiona", the title I gave to this painting inspired by the majesty of Hawaii's night time sky.
To astronomers the main attraction on the Big Island is the night sky, as the summit of Mauna Kea (elevation: 4200m) offers the best observing conditions for night-time astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. At that altitude, acclimatization at Hale Pohaku (Polynesian for “Stone House”), the astronomers’ lodge at the 2900m level, is required for at least 24 hours before spending a full night at the summit. All telescopes on the mountain have their small offices in Hale Pohaku. A few hundred meters further down the road is a visitors center which offers nightly star parties.
Man, doesn't everyone get a charge out of the universe that surrounds us?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Welcome to my new blog. And to kick it off, here's a lovely I drew back in 1996 while I was living in Hilo, 0n the Island, Hawaii, Home of the Merrie Monarch hula festival.
The festival is named in honor of King David Kalakaua, the last king of the Hawaiian islands, whose coronation in 1883 included public displays of hula, which had long been buried under rules imposed by Hawaiian missionaries.
Kalakaua ruled for seventeen years. His reign was marked by a resurgence in Hawaiian culture, music and included numerous public performances of hula. Because of his love of dance and music, Kalakaua was nicknamed, "the Merrie Monarch." In his memory and in celebration of Hawaiian culture, dance and music, the Merrie Monarch Festival is held each year.