Shoreline erosion in Kaaawa

Here’s an example of the erosion along the coast in our part of the island.

In the foreground is what remains of a good size tree that not too long ago was part of the small beach park on the Kualoa end of Kaaawa.

Erosion started washing away the sand and moving the edge of the park farther and farther inland, leaving the tree stranded. It was cut down in 2008, but erosion continued, eventually revealing its former root structure.

And you can just make out a black shape about half way along the beach in the background. It marks part of the roots of another old tree, now also long gone. A neighbor who moved out of Kaaawa around 2001 painted a park scene back when that tree was in the park. Now it’s just history.

Top photo: 2014

Bottom photo: 2008

Beach erosion

Beach erosion

Kaaawa crime alert: Watch for suspicious vehicles

I received this email from a friend on Friday evening, October 3.

Our friend lives on Olohu Road near Lihimauna.

I came home this afternoon to 3 police vehicles parked behind and around my front gate.
Apparently there were two cars Honda CRV and Volkswagen left after being stolen at
a party last weekend and abandoned in Kaaawa. Also another car in Kaaawa was stolen
after someone broke into a home – stole the keys and drove off with the vehicles.

The policemen told me to left neighborhood know that this is occurring and if anyone has
suspicious vehicles parked to call; also to keep a neighborhood watch.

Don’t be shy about calling 911!

One of those mornings

It was one of those rare, clear mornings in Kaaawa. The horizon, typically at least partially obscured by clouds on a normal morning, was absolutely clear.

On mornings like this, it’s hard not to see the green flash, and we did. It was the second green flash in a week.

I did a quick look back, and the same thing happened last year at virtually the same time. Last year, we saw the 2nd flash on September 5, so we’re about a week off in 2014.

The top photo was taken as we walked past Swanzy Beach Park.

The bottom photo was taken just seconds before we saw the “flash”, and shows the overlapping outlines of Molokai and Maui in the distance.

Swanzy Beach Park

Molokai & Maui

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A September dawn in Kaaawa

Saturday morning in Kaaawa. It was cloudy, then it rained. After two mornings where we saw the green flash as the sun made its appearance, today there were clouds blocking the horizon. But it was beautiful. The sunrise with the group catching those little oama was spectacular.


In front of Swanzy Beach Park

Looking toward Kaneohe

Seeking Oama

Approaching rain

Looking back

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Another Kaaawa graduation party

[text]Crystal Heig celebrated her graduation from Kahuku High School with a big bash hosted by her family and held at the Kaaawa home of her grandfather, Ward Lemn.

Once again, I volunteered to bring a camera to the party and do my best to record the event.

And, as usual, what a treat! A real cross-section of Hawaii, crossing so many of the boundaries between communities. A visual feast to accompany the culinary feast.

Congratulations to Crystal!

–> See more of this family-produced luau in Kaaawa!

Candidate forum set for Tuesday, July 15

Ka`a`awa Community Association announces
Ka`a`awa / Punalu`u Candidate Forum

Tuesday — July 15, 2014

7:00 p.m. — Ka`a`awa Elementary School

Meet the candidates for the Ko’olauloa House and Senate seats.

We are inviting the candidates for Senate district 23
• Norm Brown (R)
• Richard Fale (R)
• Colleen Meyer (R)
• Gil Riviere (D)

and the candidates for Representative district 47
• Kent Fonoimoana (D)
• Feki Pouha (R)

The Ka`a`awa and Punalu`u Community Associations invite you to attend our Candidate Forum, where you will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates for the Ko’olauloa Area.

1) Welcome and format setting

2) Each candidate will be introduced by our Moderator and given 2 minutes to speak about themselves and their platform

3) The Moderator will ask specific questions directed at groups of candidates, who will have one minute each to answer. Candidates who do not get a specific question can address that question in their closing statement if they so choose.

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Signs of summer

It is summer, and you see signs of it here in Kaaawa.

At the top, a couple of roadside entrepreneurs ply their trade of the day. Coconuts, 2/$5. We drove by later. Just a few coconuts were left, and boys were gone.

coconuts 2/$5

And its the season for those little silvery fish, the oama, and the groups of people who line up in shallow water along the shore to catch the little delicacies.

At the beach

But, it seems, there’s a generation gap. We came across this scene earlier this morning. Boy on beach with digital device. Family in water with fishing poles. Between, a great digital divide.

parting ways

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Sunday morning mist

It was something between a light rain and a blowing mist this morning in Kaaawa.

We managed to make it through most of our regular morning walk before deciding it was time to get home and get dry.

This was the view from Kaaawa Beach Park looking towards Kaaawa Valley and Kualoa.

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Kaaawa, Hawaii

Kitten Alert: Seven beautiful kittens looking for good homes

Friends here in Kaaawa have a litter of seven wonderful kittens. They will be five weeks old tomorrow, ready for adoption in several weeks. And then are also looking for a permanent home for the mom, a beautiful calico.

Seven kittens & mom

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The kittens are beautiful. I’ll get some additional photos later this week.

Our friend intends to get the kittens “fixed” before adoption.

If you are at all interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with our friends.

Another special graduation party in Kaaawa

May 31, 2014The occasion was a party to celebrate Ikaika Kanekoa’s graduation from Castle High School in Kaneohe. Party favors reflected his football career at Castle.

Most grads would worry about how their family would be able to host the several hundred people expected to attend.

But Ikaika’s family are experts in preparing this kind of gathering. His grandfather, Ward Lemn, has it down to an art, and several generations now work together to make it happen.

These family gatherings have become very special neighborhood events, bringing together friends and neighbors, as well as relatives. Guests include quite an incredible cross-section of people from all walks of life. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to document several of them over the years.

There was a special poignance to this particular celebration. Ikaika’s mother didn’t live to see his graduation. She passed away in February of this year. A prayer was said, and colored balloons were released in her memory. Tears were shed, hugs shared.

A true feast followed.

–> Use this link to check out all the photographs from yesterday’s graduation party!

A note on the photos. I didn’t manage to get the batteries charged on my full frame camera, one I would normally have used, so instead turned to a different combination. I took a Canon EOS-M, a little mirrorless camera which can use all the current Canon lenses. For most of the time, I used a 24-105 zoom lens, which dwarfs the camera, but the combo was surprisingly comfortable to hold. I was trying to avoid using a flash, which turned out to be a mistake. As the evening wore on, it was harder to focus and harder to control motion blur as shutter speeds got slower to compensate for the near darkness. At one point I shifted to a faster lens, before finally giving up and going to the flash. I should have made that move earlier in the evening. Overall, though, the pictures turned out okay, and capture the spirit of the afternoon and evening.