Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dayton leaves journalism, again

Today was Kevin Dayton’s last day as a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, according to a report earlier this week in Pacific Business News.

Dayton will be picking up where he left off with the administration of Big Island mayor Billy Kenoi.

According to PBN:

Dayton, who was the executive assistant to the Hawaii County mayor for about two-and-a-half years prior to joining the Star-Advertiser’s staff in October 2011, said he is returning to that job, although the title could be changed. His last day at the Star-Advertiser is Friday and he starts his new job on Monday.

“My wife and family are on the Big Island, and while I love journalism it has been a strain to go back and forth,” Dayton said.

Count me among the Star-Advertiser readers who will miss Dayton’s reporting.

Impressions of Auckland

Random images of Auckland.

“Because of women and land, men die.”

Maori proverb, included in an exhibit at the War Memorial Museum on the terrible land wars of 19th century New Zealand.

War Memorial Museum

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Graffiti along Anzac Avenue, Auckland.


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Poster in the window of the Auckland University Press office, Anzac Avenue, Auckland.



Albert Wendt is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Auckland. He has been an influential figure in the developments that have shaped Pacific literature since the 1970s and was made Companion of the Order of New Zealand in 2001 for his services to literature. He is the author of Sons for the Return Home, Pouliuli, and The Adventures of Vela, winner fo the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Wendt was a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii in 1999.

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Nice use of technology in a downtown municipal parking lot. I noticed the colored lights along the rows of parking stalls, but it took me a minute to figure out that the red lights were over occupied stalls, while the blue light signaled an open and available parking spot. In this case, it was a handicapped stall. I’m wondering whether regular open stalls had a green light.

This allowed a driver to quickly survey a row and see whether there was anything open.

Simple and very useful.

Open spot

Feline Friday: Meet the kittens

kittensIt’s another Feline Friday and, as promised, time to meet two new kittens!

No, not ours! Eight cats at home are enough. These kittens live next door.

Casey and Cookie have just recently been adopted by our neighbors, David and Sandra. Casey, the little male, arrived first, and was joined by Cookie after it became apparent that one wild kitten deserved another.

David also happens to be our regular cat sitter, and as we prepared to leave for a week in New Zealand, we took a break to meet the kittens. What a treat!

“Kitty TV” is what we call the antics of kittens. You can watch them for hours going from one game of stalking to another.

So don’t wait any longer….

–> Take me to all the kitten pics in this photo gallery of Friday Felines!

Moonrise in downtown Auckland (photo)

This view took us by surprise.

It’s the view from our hotel room looking down across the docks in central Auckland.

Not a bad view at all!

Auckland moon