Ants on the move

We were on the return leg of our early morning walk yesterday, enjoying the back roads of Kaaawa, when we noticed an unusual trail of ants on the road. It looked like a whole ant nest was in the process of moving from one side of the road to the other, all in an amazingly organized line. I at least had the sense to get a brief video. Not the world’s best video, but pretty weird nonetheless.

Another Kaaawa morning (photo)

It was damp when we got up this morning. When we left the house at just after 6 a.m. for our daily walk down to the beach here in Kaaawa, a light mist was blowing in from the ocean. It let up after a few minutes, but there was lots of rain visible just off shore.

Somehow the special light transformed it from a dull, rainy morning into an unusually beautiful one.

As usual, just click on the photo for a larger version.


[Photo taken with my newly repaired Canon S100, returned as good as or better than new.]

Sunday morning with Ms. Roo

It was busy down on the beach in Kaaawa this morning. There were a few fishermen, a few walkers, and some campers, along with some of our favorite dogs.

I had my Canon S100 in my pocket, just retrieved on Friday afternoon after being repaired by Canon (a “no charge” repair).

Ms. Roo, who was born without fully formed from legs, had attracted a group of admirers led by the girl on the left. “I love this dog,” she told me yesterday morning.

In any case, both Ms. Roo and the kids agreed to a photo (or two). Meda asked if any of them have access to a computer, and we told them about, which should be easy to find. Hopefully they’ll be able to see the pictures and remember this weekend on the beach in Kaaawa.

As always, just click on either photo to see a larger version.

Dog & kids

Dog & kids

A 4th of July seal in Kaaawa

We had a 4th of July Hawaiian monk seal sighting on the beach in Kaaawa this morning.

It was a very plump, quite satisfied looking seal.

The only mystery is whether we walked past without seeing it on our pass down the beach, which is hard to imagine…or was he or she a late arrival who came onshore after we went past, only to be discovered on our return?

Monk Seal

Monk Seal

More of Kaaawa’s morning dogs (Photos)

Mr. PikoWelcome to another photo gallery featuring some of our favorite Kaaawa dogs.

Remember that we live in a cat-oriented household. No dogs here. But we manage to balance our animal world by building relationships with dozens of dogs along our daily walk to the other end of Kaaawa and back. There are a lot of dogs in Kaaawa, and we know quite a few of them, as evidenced by our hefty bills for large Costco dog and small Milk Bones from wherever we can find at least a small discount. Yes, I carry different sizes of dog biscuits to suit the many different sizes of dogs on our walk. I leave home in the morning with an umbrella, a camera, and a freshly stocked back of dog treats in several sizes, all packed into a Powell’s Books bag.

In any case, today’s first photo is Mr. Piko who, at an advanced age, is losing both his hearing and his eyesight. At first, we thought he was blind, but now realize that it depends on the quality of the morning light. Some mornings, I don’t think he can see us walking on the beach from his vantage point on the deck of his house. But this morning, for example, we clearly saw us coming, got excited, and made his way over for a morning treat. On other mornings, even if he can’t really see us, he senses the excitement of his buddies, Murphy and Bella, and gets swept up in it.

Piko is, we’re told, a Cockeranian, adopted from the Humane Society when he was already something like 8 years old. By now, he is quite an elderly doggie.

Yes, there are lots of dogs in this set of photos, taken over the weekend. But there were more, as I forgot the camera in some cases. Oh, well. Next time.

–> Click here to see all of today’s Kaaawa Morning Dogs!

Post-tsunami photo appears to show Camp Kaaawa

Is the top photo taken following the 1946 tsunami and identified only as “near Kahana”, actually showing “Camp Kaaawa,” formally known as the Kaaawa Military Reservation?

The photo was included in a set of photos showing damage caused by the 1946 tsunami in the area in and around Kaaawa posted here last week.

Kaaawa Military Reservation included nearly four acres of public land “set aside” by presidential executive order in 1927 for military use. It was returned to the Territory of Hawaii in 1953 by a subsequent executive order. The same property is currently leased to the nonprofit Windward Retreat Center, currently under construction.

What appears to be a coral road running on the diagonal from lower right to mid-upper left (in the historical photo) looks to be in the approximate location of Lihimauna Road, which is shown in the lower photo taken from GoogleEarth. That’s Kamehameha Highway towards the bottom of the photo. The damaged buildings shown in the foreground appear to be on what is now Swanzy Beach Park.

You can click on either photo for a closer view.

1946 photo


FDR visited Kaaawa School in 1934 (Photo)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt stopped in tiny Kaaawa during a round-the-island drive on Thursday, July 26, 1934. The stop in Kaaawa was made during what was the first visit by a sitting president to Hawaii.

The president was welcomed by teachers and students at Kaaawa School, according to records located by Kaaawa resident, Alan Poh.

This photo of the president’s Kaaawa stop is in Poh’s personal collection.

Somebody had it listed on Ebay and I think I paid $4 for it. The photographer was the one who took all the famous Pearl Harbor attack photos and worked for the Navy for years.

This was definitely an eBay score!

1934 Presential visit

Looking at the mountains in the background, the president’s car is in what is now the driveway of the school, or perhaps a bit farther into the field alongside the present school buildings. The camera is looking back towards Kaaawa Valley and Kualoa.

Most accounts of his time on Oahu, like this one, note only that the president was given a “whirlwind” tour of the island before full military ceremonies were held at Schofield Barracks. Kaaawa doesn’t even rate a footnote.

Just for fun, I blew up sections of the picture so more details are visible.

Kaaawa visit

Kaaawa visit

There must be more records of this visit in existence somewhere….

Morning light

Earlier this week, the morning light caught the mountains just right at the entrance to Kaaawa Valley, just beyond the beach where we walk in the morning. The light created a different “feel”, which I tried to capture in this photo.

As usual, click for a larger version.

Morning sun

Beginning the week with clouds and passing rain

This was what the weather looked like in Kaaawa this morning. Actually, it’s been like this for a couple of days.

Darks clouds, intermittent drizzle, occasional burst of rain, then back to dark, threatening clouds. Very occasionally, a spot of bright sun, like the one that lit up this short stretch of beach.

As usual, just click for a larger version of the photo.


Photos showing damage in and near Kaaawa after deadly 1946 tsunami

Kaaawa resident Brian Walsh found this online collection of photos from the 1946 tsunami that hit Hawaii, including several of damage right in Kaaawa. The photos are from an image database maintained by the National Geophysical Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Included are several photographs of the tsunami aftermath in Kaaawa and nearby communities, as well as spots from Nawiliwili to Waikiki to Hilo. Some are taken from the ground, others from the air. There are also a few photos of damage along the California coast.

• Near Kahana Bay


• Also near Kahana Bay. Photo note says four children were killed when their house, on the east side of Kahana Bay, was washed into a pond.


• Kaneohe Bay, near Kualoa


• Kualoa and Mokolii


• Damage near the Kaaawa Jungle Training Camp


• Kaaawa Jungle Training Camp


• Kaaawa


• Damage along highway through Kaaawa


• Damage at Punaluu, Oahu, just up the road from Kaaawa.


• Punaluu. Wave was believed to have been about 12 feet high.