Category Archives: Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Day


Japanese naval aircraft prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier (reportedly Shokaku) to attack Pearl Harbor during the morning of 7 December 1941. Captured Japanese Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy on Flickr Commons, public domain

Seventy Five years ago 365 Japanese aircraft from six aircraft carriers attacked Pearl Harbor.


A Japanese Navy “Zero” fighter (tail code A1-108) takes off from the aircraft carrier Akagi, on its way to attack Pearl Harbor. Courtesy of the National Archives on Flickr Commons

The Japanese damaged eight Battleships, sinking four, and sunk or damged numerous other ships, 188 landbased aircraft, and other facilties.

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Photograph from a Japanese aircraft of the attack on Peal Harbor. Courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy on Flickr Commons

2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded

Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy's caption: The battleship USS ARIZONA sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7,1941., 12/07/1941

USS Arizona after attack on Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy of the US National Archives on Flickr Commons

The Japanese attack, along with numerous other attacks at other American facilities the same day, was meant to keep America from interfering with Japanese plans to dominate Asia.

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USS Shaw Exploding during the Pearl Harbor Attack. Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina, on Flickr Commons

It didn’t work. All it did was make the United States to declare war on Japan.

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Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina

Japan awoke the sleeping giant and made us mad. It took several years but we beat them.

Remember Pearl Harbor Day, 1941 - 1945

National Archives at College Park – Archives II (College Park, MD) on Flickr Commons

It is one of those events that wwe will never forget. We were caught unawares and paid the price. Nothing like it ever happened again until the radical Islamic cowards killed thousands of civilians in the US years later.


So a couple years ago we got to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.


Normally I take lots of photographs everywhere I go, but it didn’t seem right to do so when I was actually there. The place is so sacred and humbling. Time stands still.  It is actually a tomb for sailors whose bodies are still inside the ship.


Across the way, is the USS Missouri. My brother Bob served on her during the 80’s when she re-entered service. I got to attend the rechristening in San Francisco. That was a highlight of my life.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On our recent vacation to Hawaii, Heather arranged for a private tour of the Big Island. Our guide Paul met us at the ship dock and off we went to see among other things Volcanoes National Park.


Paul was not only a good guy, he also knew how to take a photograph without getting all goofy with the camera. Amazing the number of people who can’t hold the camera still and point it in the right direction.


Much of the park looks like the moon. There are lava flows everywhere. Some not that old. Amazing to me because this is what the birth of land looks like. Hawaii is certainly a land of contrasts from jungles to ultra arid areas like this, often not that far apart from each other.


A little oddity when the lava overtakes trees, the tree cools the lava but eventually the tree burns away and leaves a hole in the lava.


We went over to the Jagger Museum which overlooks Kilauea, a volcano that has been fairly active in recent months. It was steaming really good. You couldn’t see that much so we crowded into the museum to watch the webcame and some videos. Very spectacular stuff. You sure get a sense of a lot of power contained, barely within the earth. It was all very exciting to be around.

This is a video of the eruption of Kilauea in late April. Nothing too spectacular but it does give a sense of the energy involved.

This is a video from a few years ago showing lava from Kilauea entering the sea and making the Big Island of Hawaii just a little bigger. I love the dynamic of the hot lava entering the very violent sea. I’d love to see that live except I wouldn’t like bouncing around the ocean in a little boat.

Check out the USGS web cam for the Kilauea Volcano.

See some USGS videos and photographs here.

Check out the Volcanoes National Park Web Site here. Lots of interesting stuff here.


And if you love our National Parks you are not alone. We love these parks and they are overwhelmed by our love. I’m not sure what to do about it but we need to invest in these parks so that others will be able to see them.

Evening Sail Past the Napali Coast of Kauai

Coast of Napoli Kauai Impressions Monet I 54pct

Topaz Impressions

We saw and experienced lots of things in Hawaii and I took lots of photos. Something like that just overwhelms me because what do I do with it all? So I’m just going to take bite sizes out of it. One of the prettiest things on the trip was the Napali Coast of Kauai which we sailed on our last night. It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen and we got to see it from our room. We sailed past it during evening golden hour which made it that much better.

The coast is reachable only on foot or by boat. That is one of the things I learned about Hawaii, that much of the islands is very remote and wild. I found the islands to be magical. The clouds that seem to aways hover over the mountains and the soft light and pleasant climate all converge to seem such a paradise. Plus the people are very nice, from the crowded traffic in Honolulu where no matter how congested traffic was somebody let you in to so many helpful and friendly people who didn’t necessarily have to be helpful and friendly.

Anyways, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the trip. Bear with me.

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Back from the Beach


We got back from our Hawaiian vacation Sunday morning.


We had lots of fun, saw a lot, and did a lot, and I took lots of pics.


Action shot of Logan and I.

I’m sorting through it all so I’ll be posting more later. These are from a day early on where we rented a car and went beach hopping and exploring on the west and north shores of Oahu.

Take Care, Aloha, and Mahalo!!