Running backwards from Kaaawa to San Francisco

The cover of my 2012 Kaaawa Calendar features a pretty dramatic sunrise. A the center of the photo, a man is seen standing int the water just a few feet from the beach, silhouetted against the colors of dawn.

He lives just across the street from this spot in Kaaawa, and starts his typical day, as we do, on the beach. The difference is that he heads right into the water as he helps the sun cross the horizon, while we’re walking along the beach or, at high tide, the shoulder of Kamehameha Highway.


This morning we belatedly learned that he’s in the process of running from Santa Monica to San Francisco, a distance just short of 500 miles. Quite a feat. And he’s doing it running backwards.

Shadrack Anderson calls himself “Backwards Running Man,” for good reason, obviously. You can read more on Shad’s website, on facebook, or follow him on Twitter. He was also featured in a recent MidWeek story.

The only problem is that backwards running man was, by his telling, born in the same year that I was, which means that he’s turning 65 this year. If that’s true, he’s pretty amazing. The problem is that it instantly makes me feel like a decrepit slug.

But it’s Friday. I’ll open a bottle of wine tonight and raise a glass to his backward adventure.

Spike in crime noted in Kaaawa

There’s been another spike in crimes in and around Kaaawa over the past couple of months, including burglaries, thefts, and car break-ins.

Here’s a list of crimes reported to police since July 1. “UEMV” means unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. In other words, a car break-in.

You can keep track of new crimes by check the Honolulu Police Department’s online “Crime Mapping” system.

crime report

Community Association potluck dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 11

The board of the Kaaawa Community Association is inviting Kaaawa residents to a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11. The dinner will be held at Kaaawa School, and will be followed by an association meeting.

The potluck is part of the board’s effort to revitalize the community organization with new faces and new ideas.

An email from the KCA provides additional detail:

We will eat from 7:00 to 7:30 and then hold a regular KCA meeting from 7:30 to 8:30

Bring a dish to share for the potluck and KCA will supply cutlery, paper goods and drinks.

Come and meet your KCA Board Members and share ideas about our community.

Join us on facebook. Our open group is:
or just search for Kaaawa Community Association



. Welcome, introduction of board and new members
. Minutes of the last meeting

. Treasurer’s Report

. Community Reports

a. Ka`a`awa Beach Owners Association

b. Ka`a`awa Elementary School

c. Neighborhood Board

d. HPD Neighborhood Report

e. Kualoa Ranch Report

f. Parks and Recreation – Checking into status of Swanzy Beach Park facility use and status of playground.

. Old Business

a. Continuation of ideas for community events

. New Business

a. Beach Clean-up October 6th 2012

1)Planning committee


Introduction to State House of Representatives and Senator Candidates

Announcements – Next regular meeting


Four favorite Kaaawa dogs

Happy packFrequent visitors to this site may recall meeting Bruce, the happy great dane, and his friends on a couple of previous occasions. They live just across from the beach in Kaaawa, and we enjoy every chance to watch them play when we happen to get to the beach at the same time in the early morning.

The pack–Ms. Zen, the senior dog; Ms. Coral, who was adopted to keep Zen company; Ms. Lani, who came later and is very happy about her situation; and Bruce, the big puppy.

Click on the photo to see all of these dogs at play.

You can also click below for a short video of Bruce at play.

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!