Archive for February, 2010

Tsunami warning is cancelled.

February 28, 2010

Tsunami refugees at Kukuiolono Golf Course.




2010 Kauai tsunami tourists ignore no parking sign.

The preparation and anticipation of observing a tsunami was both fun and exciting, but I am relieved this passed without any damage or loss of life.  My experience was a good one.  All of the people who I had encountered prior and during the event were wonderful.  I was at Wal-Mart in Lihue just after 6am and the place was bustling.  There were plenty of supplies on the shelves, it seemed that every cashier was open and everyone in the store was cheerful and friendly. The cashier told be they opened the store early because customers were waiting outside.  I commend them for excellence in customer service.  I watched the local news reports as the first evidence of the tsunami appeared in Hilo.  I was impressed at the great job, local authorities did with evacuation.  The news reports were concise, informative and accurate.

Onlookers await the 2010 Hawaiian Tsunami from Kukuiolono Hill, Kauai.

If this had been a major event, I would think the only lives lost would be those of fools, some of whom remained on and near beaches and one featured in the news wading in the waves.  These were not people who felt they needed to protect their property.  These were thrill seekers, who put themselves in danger and ultimately endanger the lives of those in public service whose job it is to protect them.  Their actions disgust me.

2010 Kauai Tsunami South Shore

Post tsunami.

Interesting flower.

Red and yellow, flower within a flower.


Prepping for Tsunami

February 27, 2010

First of all, let this be notice to all of my friends and family that I and Chris are very safe, high and dry, and plan to watch for the tsunami from Kukuiolono Golf Course which has a high elevation and a great view of the Pacific Ocean.  I plan to have my camera in tow.

No tsunami yet.

Preparation for disaster doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.  We filled some empty bottles with drinking water, filled all of our trash cans with water for toilet flushing and bathing if needed.  We have plenty of food on hand that can be eaten without cooking.  Peanut butter, saltine crackers, canned meats, canned beans, cereal, peanuts all are pretty inexpensive and we don’t have to cook.  I’ve cooked up a big pot of rice as well, ah so Hawaiian I’ve become.  We also have our garden and fruit to fall back on.  I’m cooking up the ground beef from  the fridge and making Chris his favorite, meatballs.   Just in case we have no electric the meatballs will be made and we can simply heat them up on the car engine.  We have a cooler ready for the other things in the fridge.  I made sure we had plenty of gas.  We’re charging the cell phones.  I think the only thing we are lacking is C batteries for our radio, oh well, the car radio will have to do..

Grocery stores are limiting customers to 2 cases of spam per person.  Hawaiians sure love their spam.  Please check out this fun link about spam

Oh No, Not Snow Again, Lucky to be in Kauai

February 24, 2010

no signs of snow in this sky

Recent weather report from my northern home town in NY getting dumped on by snow today with more to come at the end of the week.

taking in a breath taking sky as banana leaves fray in the wind

Hurricane-Like Snow Storm Aims for Walton, New York.. Thursday, Friday

Feb 23, 2010; 4:10 PM ET

A powerful storm of historical proportions is aiming for much of the Northeast Thursday into Friday and will follow up to a foot and a half of snow through Wednesday over upstate New York and western New England.

This second storm will be nothing short of a monster. Even in light of the blizzards earlier this winter that targeted the southern mid-Atlantic, this may be the one that people remember the most this winter in parts of New England and the northern mid-Atlantic.

At peak the storm will deliver near hurricane-force wind gusts (74 mph) and blinding snow falling at the rate of over an inch per hour. For some people in upstate New York and eastern and northern Pennsylvania, this may seem more like a “snow hurricane” rather than a blizzard.

Cities likely to be impacted by heavy snow for all or at least part of the storm include: New York City, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Scranton, Allentown, Reading, Williamsport and Burlington.

The storm will also deliver heavy rain and flooding northeast of the center of circulation.

The cities of Boston, Providence and Portland may have their hands full with coastal flooding problems.

The combination of wind, heavy rain and heavy snow will lead to extensive power outages and property damage. Where numerous trees and lines are blown down, the power could be out for a week in some areas.

Impacts on travel in the region may be severe. The effects of the storm will lead to flight delays and cancellations. Some major roads may be blocked by snow, downed trees or flooding.

Many schools will be closed or have early dismissal.

Blowout tides caused by strong offshore winds from New Jersey to North Carolina may pose problems for coastal waterway interests.

Exactly where this storm forms and tracks will determine whether you get all snow, all rain, snow to rain or just snow showers. A difference in track of as little as 50 miles will mean the difference.

One thing is for sure, most people in the mid-Atlantic and New England will have problems from this storm’s strong winds.

Keep checking in at for updates on snowfall and other impacts on this potentially very dangerous, destructive storm.

Story by Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski

begonia on the deck

The snow and cold weather at home isn’t affecting me much in Kauai.  The garden in flourishing except for some night-time  raids by wild pigs.  There has been a lack of rain here in Kalaheo, so we need to water.  Something we seldom have to do in New York because days without precipitation are rare.

white viola and royal purple petunia grow profusely on the deck

I’ve been saving money all winter long by not paying for heat.  Even though back home I was burning wood and snubbing fossil fuels as much as possible.

Basil, perfect in both Thai and Italian cuisine.

Winter in New York always seems so long.  The promise of spring used to have me pouring over seed catalogs.  Here in Kauai, I need not dream of spring.  I just embrace the year-long growing season.

Arugula grows right outside the kitchen always available for a tasty snip.

Peas climb the white lattice that I use to thwart the pigs.

This tomato plant offers the promise of succulent fruit.

This is how edamame grows.

Our Kauai garden is providing us with a wonderful fresh salad everyday.  I bought a salad spinner at a garage sale a few weeks back for a buck, so salad prep is a breeze.  I’m also making my own sprouts, both adzuki and mung.  They are great in salads, Asian dishes and even on sandwiches.

Bromeliad dazzling us daily on the deck.

I’m really trying to be as self-sufficient as possible.  I pick my own limes, figs and grapefruit.  We buy pineapple now at Costco for $2.99, because at the farmers market you can’t find them for less than $5.00 and the road side stands the pineapple quality just wasn’t there.  It sure seems strange that pineapple is neither cheap or plentiful in Kauai.

Rainbow in my own backyard.

I am patiently waiting for my papaya to ripen.  I watch the many mango trees when I’m out about in Kauai.   Waiting and watching  for the trees to set fruit and for sugary juicy sweet mango to ripen.  So far ripe mangos have eluded me.

Bird of paradise, enjoying the flowers inside and out.

We harvested two very large bunches of green bananas last week and they have been giving us about 6 bananas per day.

Banana harvest.

Banana harvesting is simple.  The whole tree needs to be felled, it is stalk-like and drops easily.  The entire tree needs to come down as each plant only produces one bunch, after harvest new banana plants will sprout from the base.  Assuring the next crop.  Cut off the large bunch and leave the flower intact, Be careful not to have your clothing and skin saturated with the latex that seeps from the cut stem.  I hung the bunches under the eaves of the house by wrapping a wire hanger around the stalk and then suspending the bunch on the hanger from a nail.  The bananas on the top ripen first.  Keeping them hanging on the bunch with good air circulation allows for slow ripening, thus providing just enough everyday.  One slight twist from the stem and experience banana perfection.

Living Kauai Style.

February 8, 2010

Kauai style graffiti.

Paddling out to catch a wave.

Caught one.

Taking a break from the surf.

More Kauai graffiti, oh those tourists.

Looking for lunch.


Pools at Salt Pond.

Observing the texture of the cocks comb.

Unusual plant.

Quarrel in the parking lot.

Paddling with man's best friend.

Spear fisherman going to get the poke.

Out and about before sunrise.

February 8, 2010

To see the world from a different perspective I highly recommend getting out and to major sight-seeing points before sunrise.

Anticipation of sunrise from the coast of Poipu, looking toward Oahu.

When you arrive this early you usually always have the vistas all to yourself and the lighting is spectacular for photography.

The bright orange line is the sun just starting to rise over Oahu.

This morning my destination was the Poipu coast.  I love to do my morning hike here always with my camera in tow.

The sun glows from Poipu.

I took the wheel of the Acura at 6:10 am so I would be sure not to miss the sunrise.  On arrival the only other person I encountered was a lone fisherman.

Sunrise anticipation.

As the sun began to rise a few tourists climbed to secure the best views of the sunrise, I had my location secured.  A prime view of the exact spot where the sun could be seen rising directly over Oahu.

Hint of sunrise over Oahu.

My favorite time.

The sunrise was so intense it was hard to look at.

We ran out of Avocados, and Superbowl Sunday is tomorrow.

February 6, 2010

So sad.  What is Superbowl Sunday without guacamole.  I guess we’ll do as the locals do and have ahi poke.  There is hope in sight for future avocado as the trees are in bloom and getting ready to set their luscious buttery fruit.

The avocado trees are robust with flowers.

I say hooray, for the next crop of future guacamole.

Our deck is visited frequently by bright green anoles.  I think this little guy is just as cute as the Geico Gecko.

Holy anole.

We have no guacamole but we do have green anole.

Bright green anole on the deck in Kalaheo.

Does this anole wonder who will triumph, the Colts or the Saints. I think he's just looking for dinner.

Having a cold one in Kalaheo.

February 6, 2010

Just a sliver of morning light.

A few nights ago we experienced our coldest night here on the island of Kauai. Our usual most comfortable temperatures range between about 65 degrees at night to 82 degrees during the day. We were surprised when the news contained hypothermia warnings and the temp dropped all the way down to 61 degrees. We even used 2 blankets. I think we’re getting soft.

Our last full moon here in Kalaheo.

The big sky on our coldest morning in Kauai.

This photo was taken by photographer Sean Taylor. It's my New York home sweet home. Now that's what I call cold.

The houses here do not have any source of heat and most don’t have a/c either. Most seem to be built with only 2×4 wall construction and have no insulation. It seems they have no need for heat or insulation.I did a little research and found the lowest temperature ever recorded here was 50 degrees in 1969.

Kauai, where the wild things are.

February 5, 2010

Cardinal on our deck in Kalaheo.

Cattle egret surrounded by the blue sky and orange flowers watches us play golf.

Female cardinal, Kauai style.

Fish at the Salt Pond.

Hawaiian Stilts on a hunt at the Salt Pond.

I think he looks like Homer Simpson.

Strutting his stuff while his girl looks on.

Sunbathing Kauai style.

Popping up to catch his breath.

Honu dines on scrumptious sea weed in the surf.

The endangered Nene Goose finds refuge in Kauai.

Please note all images can be double clicked to zoom in for a close-up look.

February in Kauai is still, wow.

February 4, 2010

Cliff side on my daily morning walk along the coast of Poipu

These and many other arches can be found on the walk west of the Hyatt.

The resorts along the ocean have a concrete pathway planted with beautiful flowers and trees, this lily was among them.

Looking down off the cliffs toward Shipwreck Beach.

Getting out for my walk at sunrise allows me to catch the morning dew on the lily.

Along the shore of Poipu these odd creatures cling to the rock battered by surf.