Hawaiian Noir

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Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Aloha Friday didn’t make an appearance yesterday because she was busy with Christmas shopping. Six hours, to be exact. So I promised to tell you the number of books in our Christmas tree. Drum roll please: Ta da da da—159 books. Here’s what’s happening in the Islands …

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A date that will live in infamy! Yesterday, December 7, 2017, we remembered Pearl Harbor and the more than 2,000 sailors and soldiers who died in the early morning attack. Some twenty survivors attended the ceremony at Pearl Harbor yesterday. In the aftermath of the attack, the islands were placed under martial law. The police …

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Jim Nabors, R.I.P. Long-time Hawai‘I resident, Jim Nabors has passed away in his Diamond Head home. He was 87. The Star Advertiser has the story. Nabors moved to Hawai‘I in 1978 when he purchased a macadamia nut and flower plantation in Hana Maui. He was already a huge television star, best known as Gomer Pyle, …

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Ka Lae, Hawaii At Ka Lae point on the Big Island of Hawaii, the southernmost point in the United States, sits the Kalalea Heiau. A heiau is a sacred place where ancient Hawaiians often left offerings to the gods in exchange for favors. At Kalalea Heiau, they were praying for a bountiful catch. The ocean …

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Go For Broke This Veterans Day weekend, Go For Broke, the movie telling the origin story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team premieres at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The premiere closes out the festival on Sunday, November 12.  The Champagne Campaign Following the fierce fighting in the forests of …

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I just learned that Go For Broke, the movie, which tells the origin of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, will premiere November 12, 2017 as the closing film of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in Honolulu. You can check their website here for more information about the movie: https://www.goforbrokemovie.com.  If I could go, I …

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Hamakua Coast, Big Island of Hawai‘i One of our favorite places on the Big Island is the Hamakua Coast, which goes from Hilo to Waipio Valley. It was once an area of sugar cane plantations, but with the end of sugar in Hawai‘i in the last quarter of the twentieth century, the area has become …

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The Summit of Mauna Kea Quick question: What is the tallest mountain in the world? Hint: It’s not Mt. Everest. It is Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai‘I. Mauna Kea stands 13,976 feet above sea level, whereas Mt. Everest rises to 29,035 feet above sea level. However, Mauna Kea’s base is on the …

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The Hamakua Coast—Hilo to Laupahoehoe Just north of Hilo is the Hamakua Coast, an area of rainfall averaging 84 inches per year producing lush vegetation overlooking craggy sea cliffs and narrow bays with pounding surf. There are not many beaches along this part of Hawai‘I, but the views are spectacular. The area used to be …

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Hilo, Hawai‘i. March 2017 Mary Fran and I loved Hilo. After Oahu, the Big Island is out favorite. Hilo is such a great city with beautiful parks (Queen Liliuokalani), an interesting downtown, and a regular farmer’s market where you can purchase all manner of great produce and products. We bought lychee and mangoes. Mary Fran …

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