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    A grave decoration

    As Easter beckons and as my mate Lori’s first anniversary draws near, I find myself thinking more and more about death – not that I

    This beach was made for walkin’…

    ‘So how many beaches do you think there are on Hawaii’, I asked. After a few seconds of mental arithmetic, she said ‘I can count

    My new house

    I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to where I’d move, if I had to move. The political situation in Hungary is getting a

    2013 Grateful 50

    Driving around the biggest of the six Hawaiian islands is like reading a book of fascinating and at times, amusing, roadsigns. You’d think they’d be

    Mark Twain’s monkeypod

    Mark Twain visited the Hawaiian islands back in 1866 and took copious notes of what he encountered. He had a particular fondness for trees, as

    Spewing forth

    Volcanoes are monuments to Earth’s origin, evidence that its primordial forces are still at work. So read the opening lines of the Hawaiian Volcanoes National

    Turtles and black sand

    Down on Punalu’u beach, the sand is black. Very black. Hence the name – black sand beach. It sits between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the

    2013 Grateful 51

    What I know about coffee could be written on the back of a small jar of instant Nescafé. I’ve done the unmentionable and ordered a

    Peace and war

    When it comes to actor Kevins, Kevin Bacon, Kevin McKidd (remember him from Trainspotting?) , and even Kevin Spacey rate higher than Kevin Costner. He’s

    Casting shadows on sacred ground

    Back in the day, if Hawaiians violated kapu, (the sacred laws), they had 24 hours to reach a refuge, confess to the kapuna, and duly

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