Category Archives: Kaaawa

A short visit with the Kaaawa Canines

Duck and MonkeyWe walked the beach in Kaaawa on Sunday morning and visited with many of the dogs we know across the neighborhood, courtesy of friends who invited us to dinner and to spend the night just a block or so from our former home.

This time, quite a few of our canine friends were outside and happy to see us again. This is Duck, on the left, and Monkey. We used to bring Duck a doggie treat every time we saw him, and although we arrived yesterday empty handed, he didn’t seem to mind too much. Monkey was rescued just after we moved from Kaaawa, but he was just as excited to have a chance to say hello and collect some pets from us.

I count 16 dogs that made it into the morning’s photos, and there were a few that we missed along the way.

–> See more of Sunday’s Kaaawa Morning Dogs

Lots of new erosion along the coast in Kaaawa

We spent Saturday night in Kaaawa, and walked the beach again early this morning.

This panorama shows an area of erosion caused by the past several weeks of big surf along the norths shore that wraps around to this part of the island. This section is just past the restrooms at Kaaawa Beach Park.

And the surf also undermined another section of Kamehameha Highway yesterday, closing the lane closest to the ocean. They started contra flowing traffic in that area last night, and it was still down to one lane this morning. Climate change and sea level rise appear to be hard at work.

Click on the panorama to view a larger version.

Losing sand

And click here to see more of this morning’s photos (by the way, I forgot my camera as we left our house Saturday afternoon, so today’s photos were all taken with my iPhone).

Another Kaaawa morning (photo)

We spent Sunday night out in Kaaawa, and started early on Monday with our old walk down to the beach before dawn, then back through the neighborhood.

Although it started out as a rather ordinary morning, it developed into a beautiful dawn.

Just for the record, I’m posting this photo.

Yes, we miss Kaaawa. And, yes, we’re still having a good time in our new location, with our new morning walk. We’ve been very lucky, and remain so.

Kaaawa Dawn - January 18, 2016

[Apologies to my Facebook friends, who already saw this photo yesterday.]

Another visit to Kaaawa (photo)

Kaaawa, HawaiiWe spent the night with friends in Kaaawa again, and started today with a walk on our former beach out in Kaaawa. We did manage to visit with a number of our former daily dogs, as well as some of their people. We was a pleasure, as always.

There is still something very special about Kaaawa, that’s for sure.

And we did walk past our former house. Renovations are still underway there, it seems. We’re looking forward to seeing what the new owners are doing.

But the upshot is that I won’t have much of a blog post for today, since I’m getting such a late start at the computer. But I did want to share this photo, taken just as the sun rose.

Another gorgeous day.

And if you have access to Civil Beat, do check out my column about the UH Cancer Center and its former director. I’ve been getting a lot of feedback already. See “Ian Lind: Has UH Adequately Addressed Cancer Center’s Sticky Issues? Former director Michele Carbone was often an expert defense witness in asbestos cases and sought UH grants from a frequently sued company. Conflict of interest?

I’ll have more on this issue over the next couple of days.

A brief return to Kaaawa

Nov 28We spent Friday night with friends in Kaaawa, and walked the beach (and through the neighborhood) on Saturday morning. It was a pleasure to see the dogs, and the people, who we’ve been missing since moving to town.

Murphy, on the left in this photo, was very happy to see us but let us know he was unhappy about the long absence. And Ms. Ipo, who barked and ran away the last time the last time we were in Kaaawa, ran excitedly around us in greeting. But all the dogs we saw were very cute.

Kaaawa is certainly different than Kahala. One huge difference. While walking in Kaaawa, we don’t pass a single unoccupied mansion, while that is almost the norm along Kahala beach. And while walls aren’t absent, they probably surround only a minority of Kaaawa homes.

One friend we talked to said he and his wife are now looking to move into a Kakaako condo to be close to his new job and reduce the frustrating time spent in traffic. They hope to rent out their Kaaawa beachfront home so that they can return “someday.”

They are the second of our friends to be initiating plans for a move. But, at the same time, it seems that lots of young families with children are moving into Kaaawa. That makes sense, as it would be a great place for a kid (or so it seems to this adult).

–> In any case, click here to see the other images from our brief return to Kaaawa!