1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144  The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168  The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on  The Eighth Twenty-Four

49  Pure Michigan
50  Ah, Youth
51  Unlikely Friend
52  Golfballogy
54  Before/After Squared
55  Hawaiiana 1
56  Hawaiiana 2
57  Hawaiiana 3
58  A New Outlook
59  Hawaiiana 4
60  Crash Dummy
61  Dogs, Boards, Kids...
62  Photographic Treasures
63  Hawaiiana 5
64  My Comb is Crooked
65  Call Me A Doctor
66  Hawaiiana 6
67  Home for Christmas
68  Led By Words
69  Pono Bowls
70  Poppy Tour
71  An Invitation
72  Wunderkammer I




Here are some more things that probably qualify as Hawaiiana.

Nene crossing road 

Extinct Po'ouli



Endangered Hawaiian Geese (Nene)

Recently extinct Po’ouli

The Hawaiian goose (nene) is still on the endangered species list, although a captive breeding program is ongoing.  They are perhaps their own worst enemy, since they move slowly and have little respect for cars and no fear of humans.

The po’ouli was one of the Hawaiian honeycreepers that didn’t make it.  The last one died in 2004.  Habitat restoration was pursued, and a captive breeding program was attempted with the last three known specimens, but both efforts failed.

I volunteered one day on the Big Island and spent a few hours identifying and counting nene in their breeding program.  Stuart (son) worked both of these programs.



Memorial on Wailea Alanui

Memorial on Pi'ilani Highway



Up for a short time on Wailea Alanui

Behind a guard rail on Pi’ilani Hwy.

Family and friends often erect displays of varying size and type to memorialize victims of traffic accidents.  I’m not sure what the law is concerning these, but some are removed very quickly and other are maintained for many months with fresh flowers and changing artifacts.

Waterfall with algae

Hotel sign with algae



Waterfall at Grand Champions Villa

Entry to the hotel

Pile up some lava rocks and expose them to a regular dose of water and almost immediately you have a lush green garden.  Of course a few plants in the area enhance the rock displays.



Glycine vine




Glycine vine


Even though isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is not immune to invaders.  These two are believed to have been introduced on purpose.

The glycine vine was brought in for cattle feed.  Although it is fine for that purpose it quickly spills over the cattle pasture and strangles all other vegetation.

Miconia grows fast and has large green leaves with vivid purple backs.  It was introduced into the Hana area as a landscape plant, and with the abundant windward rainfall it thrived.  It produces enormous quantities of very tiny seeds that distribute easily and is difficult to kill.

Efforts to control these invaders are ongoing.



Spam flavored mac nuts

Spam breakfast at McDonald's


Spam flavored macadamia nuts

Does your McDonald’s have Spam?

Since WW II, Hawaii has had a love affair with Spam – what’s not to love?



 Axis deer

 Indian mongoose



Asian (Axis) deer


Besides invasive plants, we also have invasive animals.  Here are a couple of favorites – both were purposely introduced.

The Axis deer (an Asian species) breeds prolifically and forages profusely.  It fills a niche that was never filled before.  It is destructive to ground nesting birds that never had an enemy before, and is a nuisance to farms, golf courses and the like.

I’ve seen many of these deer while on golf courses.  When I had the condo on the golf course I saw a herd of 60 or more once and smaller groups many times at dawn and dusk.  I still see the occasional one or two on my morning walks, and hear them “bark” on the golf course at night.

The mongoose was introduced to kill rats in the cane fields.  A slight misunderstanding however, since rats are nocturnal and mongoose are diurnal.  So mongoose have made themselves at home and finished off many native Hawaiian species.

I’ve seen one lonely specimen around my place.  I suspect he lives on young Francolin and their eggs.  Francolin (ground nesting birds) are another introduced species.



 Slippahs off!

 Courtesy requires…


A common sight anywhere in the islands.  There are LOTS more slippahs than feet in Hawaii!



WWII fortress 

Ammunition dump



A fort in the valley between E. & W. Maui

Ammo dump across the highway

Artifacts of World War II – it is easier to work around them than to destroy them.



Did you learn anything new about Hawaii?  I see all of these things regularly so I’m not sure if they are really special or not.  I hope you’ll let me know what you think.