Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015


The Prince Kūhiō Festival is a series of events, ceremonies and activities organized by The  Association of Hawaiian Civic  Clubs to celebrate the birthday of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole who founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on December 7, 1918.

Prince Kūhiō was a prince of the reigning House of Kalākaua when the government of Queen Lili‘uokalani was illegally overthrown in 1893. He  later went on to become a politician in the Territory of Hawai‘i as delegate to the United States Congress where he led the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921. The people of the State of Hawai‘i acknowledge his many contributions and have memorialized the Prince by naming schools, buildings, streets, and beaches after him, and designating March 26th as a state holiday honoring his birth.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Partly Cloudy
Wind SpeedSW 12 mph
Barometer30.08 in (1018.6 mb)
Dewpoint66°F (19°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Heat Index82°F (28°C)
Last update on24 Mar 10:53 am HST

Monday, March 9, 2015

Box Jellyfish Calendar

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Moena Cafe - YES!

Short Rib Loco Moco

Tender Braised Short Rib Laid over a Bed of Rice and Topped with an Egg Over-Easy

Eggs Benedict

With Hickory-Smoked Ham and Hollandaise Sauce on Roasted Garlic Bread

Fruit Crepes - Banana

“Moena Café is proud to offer locally-grown greens and vegetables.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waimea Bay Beach Park, North Shore, Oahu


She left her friends and turned homeward to Kahuku. At Waialua she encountered a wind and rain storm. The water poured down the hillsides and washed out the trails, but she cared not at all.

At Waimea she went along the shore in the storm. The river of Waimea almost overflowed its banks and the beach was full of people. In the olden days the natives of Waimea enjoyed riding the huge surf up into the stream when it was slightly swollen. This sport was called waipueone.

Thus our traveler crossed Waimea on a surfboard without encountering trouble. This was said to be a favorite sport of the olden days and the boards did not sink when managed with skill.

“Na Pana Kaulana o ka Aina o Oahu” by George Pooloa

Ke Aloha Aina, Hawaiian language newspaper

August 22, 1919

Waimea, or “reddish water,” is the first place on O’ahu where contact was made between foreigners and Hawaiians. After Captain Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779, his two ships, the Discovery and the Resolution, anchored at Waimea for water on their way to Kaua’i. Cook’s officers described the bay as picturesque, beautiful, well-cultivated, and heavily populated.

In 1793, Captain Vancouver’s store ship, the Daedalus, brought the second group of foreigners to Waimea. They, too, anchored in the bay for water and sent a small boat ashore. While the crew was filling their barrels in the stream, two of them were killed in an attack by Hawaiians who wanted their weapons.

The Hawaiian community remained in Waimea until 1894, when a flood devastated the valley, destroying most of the house sites. In the aftermath, few of the displaced residents returned.

In 1929, C.W. Winstedt won the contract to build Kamehameha Highway from Waimea to Kahuku. In 1930 he set up the Waimea Rock Quarry to produce gravel for his project, abandoning the site in 1932 after the road was completed. In April 1953 the Catholic mission transformed the facility into a church, the Saints Paul and Peter Mission. The machine sheds were converted into a patio and chapel and the tall storage bins became the church tower, now one of the North Shore’s most famous landmarks.

Waimea Bay is one of the most famous big wave surf sites in the world. Waves breaking on the north point of the bay often reach heights of 25 feet, attracting many of the best riders in the international surfing community. A unique surfing contest called “The Eddie” is held here during the winter months if surf heights consistently reach 20 feet or higher. Officially known as the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, the event honors Eddie Aikau (1946-1978), a veteran big wave surfer and lifeguard at Waimea Bay. The contest has only been completed five times since it was first held in 1986. Winners were Clyde Aikau (1986), Keone Downing (1990), Noah Johnson (1999), Ross Clarke-Jones (2001), and Kelly Slater (2002).

During the summer months the wide sand beach at Waimea is a popular swimming, snorkeling, and fishing site. In 2002, the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) fronting Pupukea Beach Park was expanded to include the bay and the Wananapaoa Islands. The MLCD rules permit only hook-and-line fishing from the shore of the bay.

Public amenities: parking, restrooms, picnic tables, showers.

Ocean activities: bodyboarding, fishing, snorkeling, surfing, swimming.

This description is taken from John R. K. Clarks book "Beaches of Oahu - Revised Edition" which is published by University of Hawai'i Press and available from at this link. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his description of Hawaii's beaches to improve beach safety.