Entries Tagged as 'Environment/Ecosystem'

There’s nothing like food to get your attention!

Well, it works for me. The topic of food seems like a great way to start a person writing, too! As you can see, I seem to have decided that blogging is a semi-annual thing, or a quarterly thing at best. Based on previously posted items, the former seems to be the adopted definition. So, let’s talk about food; I am always willing to talk about that!

June, I read somewhere, was National Fruits and Vegetables Month! I found that acclamation again — San Mateo Public Library confirms it! They have a beautiful picture to go along with sharing this foodie holiday.

So what? What does this have to do with Honolulu? Well, there is this little “business” that was sitting right in my own backyard, so to speak. O'ahu Fresh logoIf you live on O’ahu, doesn’t the logo on the left look just a little familiar? I’ve seen the van and I thought they delivered to the stores, grocery and otherwise but I was wrong. They deliver to us!

O’ahu Fresh gathers local-grown produce and delivers the items they gather in a bag of goodies to you either every week or every other week, depending on how often you want them. If you work in Downtown Honolulu just pick a spot where they already drop off the bags and add yourself to the list. That’s what I did.

I even called O’ahu Fresh to change my order from bi-monthly to weekly because, “June is Fruit and Vegetable Month!” I was aiming to share this here on Homespun Honolulu because food it such a great topic and O’ahu Fresh would benefit from my blabbering, and I could learn how to make new things, and, um, well, it’s JULY! O’ahu Fresh still benefits, local readers still benefit, I have already learned new veggie things, I am still excited about it, I have a new friend over at Oceanit (where I pick up my bag) so the only one to suffer really is Fruit and Vegetable Month. Oh well.

Local produce

O’ahu Fresh has managed to introduce me to some weird things — things that you can actually eat. “What’s that? Never heard of them!” They may be grown here but they are new to me! Fortunately, the O’ahu Fresh website tells you, every week, what is in the bag that week. The best part is they provide definitions for the strange items and links to recipes for all the items!

Do not let the oddities scare you — if you have your pick-up spot close to work, you can always find someone at work who will eat what you will not, or cannot. I hate tomatoes. I hate cucumbers. I hate lychee. Between taste and texture they are all out the door for me. Blech! However, I have found a recipe that works very nicely with cucumber and I found a recipe for katsup! I love ketchup! There are a lot of recipes for catsup! There are even more recipes for ketchup than there are spellings!

With O’ahu Fresh you are not stuck with just produce. They will bring you dairy products, jams and jellies, coffees and teas, and even meats, if you want to add any of those items to your bag. These are all locally grown items which means that beef is free-ranging, grass-eating cattle (compliments of the Big Island farmers)! They have actually, recently, mentioned fresh fish!

Be still my heart with those dairy products and the beef that is as healthy as you can get beef to be! Love fresh produce, I love my home, therefore, I love O’ahu Fresh! Coming up I will share recipes (mine or theirs) and keep it all with local-grown Aloha in the process. Maybe I will be lucky enough to meet up with some of their farmer partners — that would be cool! ūüôā

Life can be as fragile as glass

Sometimes you just need to do something mindless.¬† My girlfriend, Coco, suggested, well, actually coerced me into going to look for beach-worn fragments of glass.¬† She said, “it would be bloggable.”¬† I told her that was hitting below the belt!

This whole thing started when she posted a note on Facebook that said,

“Good and bad news: There has been a major decrease in littering off the shores of Hawaii. No more glass being thrown off shore or from boats. As a result, no matter how hard you look, there’s no more sea glass.”¬†

What is WRONG with her?!?

Coco was on the hunt for sea glass and another friend of hers told her about Sand Island. Sand Island?  Where the auto junkyards are?  No, where the ships have gone by and dropped their garbage and glass along with it.  Huh?  You can imagine where my mind went.  Ick!

Not too long after we spoke of broken glass and this blog-worthy adventure, when reality got a little bit too hard for me to handle, it was time to search for the simplicity of a unique and relatively-mindless distraction.¬† Few things provide that kind of distraction¬†as well as the shores of O’ahu.

People enjoying the shore.

Of course the “icky” idea of things being discarded made me wonder if I needed to wear rubber boots but, on the contrary, the water was beautiful and very clean.¬† So don’t worry, no rubber boots required.

As we drove around trying to find this mystical repository of glittering sea glass, we stumbled on to this interesting looking place.

La Mariana sign.

I am sure I will investigate that one a bit more and talk about it later.  My blogger friend, Karen, has already discovered La Mariana and she has already shared it with her blog readers!

We were looking for glass.  We found the shore and we found some boats but we were still not quite where we needed to be.

US Coastguard ship.

I had to get a photo of this U.S. Coast Guard ship for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was my past inability to get a decent photo of these ships from Aloha Tower.

Still searching for this glass, we asked some people if they knew the spot we were looking for to see if they could help us with our search.¬† We did get one rather strange reply.¬† One gentleman said something like, “You mean where the haoles go looking for glass?”

Uh, excuse you?!?¬† This guy looked more like a tourist than anything else!¬† Coco and I must have both been wondering, “what the heck?”¬† At least he pointed us in the general direction.

Glass bottle on the grass.

Were we getting warmer?  This is not exactly the kind of glass we had in mind.  It just happened to be the first glass we found.

Coco searching for sea-worn glass.

We found it!  Our devoted search for pieces of sea glass is finally able to begin!  Now we will see what we can find along this interesting stretch of rocky beach.

What we actually found was even more interesting, even a bit freaky.

Concrete block molded into the rock.

Items were molded into the rock.  Stuck!  Somehow these things had become part of the shoreline.  I guess this peculiar process of fusing things together resembles the man-made reef idea, except it was not man-made.  We provided the materials and it seems that nature did the rest.

Broken glass molded into the rocks.

Some pieces of glass we attempted to collect were not to be removed. It looks like you can pick them up but they have become part of the rocks — you might be able to get a piece of them if you took a hammer and chisel to them but that would just not be right.¬† Besides, the edges would just be sharp again rather than worn by the sand and surf.

More glass joined with the rocks.

Hmmm, remember that quote posted above about the lack of glass being tossed into the ocean?¬† Apparently I failed to notice this additional comment from Coco’s friend, Lisa, who said, Oh yes! And due to the heat of decomposition, the glass is sometimes melted together! Have fun!

Man!¬† It seems that the “heat of decomposition” along with the heat of the sun have done a stellar job of melting everything together!

It is really amazing to see how the whole area has adapted to all of this and actually absorbed these things right into its little ecosystem.¬† In a fascinating way, this little area has taken in a strange culture of chemicals and embraced it as part of its own.¬† Sound familiar?¬† Are the islands not famous for doing the same thing with the cultures of people?¬† We absorb them and make them fit!¬† I could go “out there” with this idea!¬† I’m just saying.

There was more to discover here besides these pieces of glass, and other things we could not pick up.

Shore fishing on Sand Island.

So many people were enjoying this quiet little area.¬† There was even some¬†fishing going on.¬† I would never have expected there to be people fishing here.¬† Well, why not?¬† Where there’s water, there’s fish!

Storm drain cover in an odd place.

I liked the look of this quiet little corner, except for the storm drain and that great big pipe.  These were certainly another unexpected curiosity.

Giant pipeline.

I will not wager any guesses or make any assumptions about why this is here or what it is for.  There is still no need for rubber boots so we can relax!

Another bottle left behind.

Oh no, not more of this kind of glass!  This bottle will probably get broken and become sea glass someday, but not anytime soon.  For now it is, shall we say, less than collectible, even without being stuck to the rocks!

Below is our collection!  There were a couple of shells that were interesting but the bulk of the collection was pieces of worn glass, no longer sharp and dangerous to touch. Some of these are, of course, molded together.

Collection of beach glass.

The pieces that could be removed from the rocks and/or sand were interesting, although not as colorful as I kept hoping for — I wanted more blue.¬† But, we did help to de-litter the beach just a bit!

My supposition is that the glass aficionados who use these interesting pieces of ocean art to create little table tops, etc., have already discovered this place so the pickings were slim for us.  Then again, there will be even less for them the next time they go!  It was a nice way to spend an afternoon.

View of Honolulu from Sand Island.

It was a beautiful day and I could not help but snap more shots.  I never get quite this vantage point from other venues.

Viewing Downtown Honolulu from Sand Island.

I did manage to get some otherwise impossible photos!  I do love my island.  Can you tell?  The island and its variety of ecosystems can often be as fragile as glass, but it can also be as tough as nails when it needs to be.

Foundationally Plantastic!

The Hot, Loud and Proud meme is up for this month.  You can check out a beautiful garden and get the instructions on how to participate in this meme by following that link!

I have been increasingly fascinated by the foundations of our local flora so this month I have included a few, kind of fun, photos to share.

Sometimes what holds up the plants and trees can be very mesmerizing.

Sometimes the foundations of plants are just as fascinating as what grows on their branches.

What hangs under those trees can be interesting.

Sometimes what hangs from¬†underneath a tree¬†can be just as fascinating.¬† I love banyon trees and things of that nature — anything that looks even remotely like it has vines is the coolest!

How can you not marvel at this fascinating network of roots?

As much as you might think the photo above is a painting, it is not.¬† It is an actual photograph.¬† The roots of that tree do indeed look that awesome!¬† The ones on the right side¬†come up to¬†about half a¬†calf in height — about¬†ten inches.¬† Amazing!

Older roots can look like fossils!

Then you have the interesting roots like those above that look like fossils, but they are obviously still functioning.

That‚Äôs not to say they can‚Äôt look strange!I don’t know what to make out of this tree trunk over here to the left that looks like it has the elephant man’s disease.¬† I’m not sure what kind of trauma could have caused the strange bulby-looking growths on the bark.¬† Anyone in the know is welcome to comment on this!

I was very puzzled — it¬† looks like the tree has massive warts or something.

Most people would just walk right on by without giving it a second glance and not find anything interesting to say about it — I just couldn’t stop staring.¬† I guess when you have your camera in hand it makes you more observant.¬† If anyone needs that, I do!¬† As a general rule, I am not observant at all!

The barks and roots of these trees and plants seem to have quite a mind of their own.

Catch a tree before it falls!Survival of the fittest?¬† This little darling on the left caught my attention and pulled at my heart.¬† This little root seems to have reached for the ground to hold up the tree that actually does look like it’s about to tumble down the hill.

I actually found my mind wandering and wondering if they really can contemplate such a thing — “let me put a hand down here before we fall.”¬† I do that.¬† It even looks like little fingers!¬† I’ve gotta keep an eye on that one!

When they fall, they look like what’s pictured in the photos below.¬† The City & County has to come and cut them up into smaller, movable pieces.¬† In some cases they have to move them off the middle of the road so traffic can continue on its way.

The pieces of this fallen tree seen below look like coffee and end tables just waiting to happen!¬† They are so beautiful and natural.¬† It broke my heart to see the tree fallen but my oh my.¬† I hope a wood carver or two get their hands on some of these pieces.¬† I wonder if they would have to pay for them.¬† Hmmm…

What happens when a tree falls.

Look at the grain!  These are just natural pieces of wood.  Nothing has been nothing done to them except to cut them into manageable sizes.

Here’s a coffee table waiting to happen!

The one above looks like a beautiful table-to-be to me!  I wish I could put that in my living room!

It’s larger than you think!  A human foot just makes a mark on the edge.

Just to gauge the size of the trunk of this fallen darling, I took a picture of my foot to get an idea of the size of this thing.  This was certainly no twig, far from!

Plants are great, and they can continue to be great!¬† There is a craftsman that works on the fallen trees at Moanalua Gardens.¬† What beautiful work he has done!¬† I’ll share some of those pictures in a future post!

Taking part in the Hot, Loud, and Proud Meme

For those of you unfamiliar with the word, meme, YourDictionary.com defines it like this:

meme (m?m), noun

a unit of cultural information, as a concept, belief, or practice, that spreads from person to person in a way analogous to the transmission of genes

Interesting¬†definition.¬† I just never¬†bothered to look it¬†up.¬† In a nutshell a blog meme is a sharing of like information between bloggers.¬† It’s similar to a blog carnival but not quite the same.¬† A meme is more focused.

Noel over at A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii brings us this meme.¬† I fell in love with the idea because I take pictures of the craziest things simply because they’re beautiful.

I don’t have my own garden but our local flora is always an attraction and now I have something to do with those photos that I couldn’t stop myself from taking!

Here’s how it works:

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Show us your tropicals and exotics, your hot mediterranean colors and wild combinations, amazing discoveries and unusual variations. Or how about something exciting you just saw, a crazy garden,  amazing garden art or design, an inspiring visit or hike?

This meme is open to all (you do not have to live in an exotic location to participate)  and will be on the last day of each month…so mark your calendars and lets do something fun on the hot, the loud and the proud meme. I’ll have the link available early, east coast time (USA) to catch you early birds and even earlier for those of you in other countries.

Here is the most recent edition put together by our Plant Fanatic friend, and what follows is my participation in this meme.

White ginger with a beauty matched only by its sweet fragrance

White ginger is so delicate but smells so wonderful and makes the sweetest lei!

Red torch ginger seen around more often these days but still used at graveyards for its longevity

We’ll use this hedge as a divider¬†between the ginger and¬†some of my hibiscus pictures.¬†

Looks like a mock orange hedge but its color is diluted green instead of forest green

The hibiscus go along with what our meme host, Noel, has done¬†with his meme article this month!¬† Hibiscus seem to cry out¬†to have their pictures taken!¬† I’m always on the look out for that perfect hibiscus, no matter what color it is.

A little yellow hibiscus from the grounds at Aloha Tower.

It’s interesting to see how¬†the same overall color hibiscus can still look so very different! ¬†

Beautiful, full, yellow hibiscus from the top of Nu’uanu

I wonder how much of this is soil content and/or environment.

Same yellow hibiscus but this one is from Mililani

While the yellow hibiscus is our State’s flower, there is certainly no faulting the beauty of the other colors!

Perfect pink is hard to find but this pink hibiscus came very close.

Again, we still see variations, albeit some are only slight differences.  

Bright pink hibiscus doesn’t have the perfect leaves but oh my the perfect color!

I’ve discovered that the hardest hibiscus to find in perfect shape¬†seems to¬†be¬†the red one.¬† They are very alluring but perhaps the bugs and birds think so too.¬† They are often a bit beaten up.

Cattle egret stepping dangerously close to an oleander hedge

I’m using my darling bird friend here as another divider between the hibiscus and the bougainvillea.

Pink and orange bougainvillea

 Another bright and beautiful flower, the bougainvillea can sometimes be a challenge to maintain and keep tidy.

Lavendar bougainvillea are beautiful and the photo does not do them justice

They do create a lot of leafy trash. 

Bright magenta bougainvillea

There are a lot of bougainvillea all over the place and they are used for decoration and¬†another favorite hedge-type plant.¬† They don’t¬†always cooperate with the hedge idea and may require a few¬†more trimmings.

These little yellow flowers are always eye-catchers

These little yellow guys are often used as ankle-high hedges and are being used here as a divider between bougainvilleas and the other miscellaneous oddities that I have found.

Pretty yellow and white flowers are actually weeds

These pretty little things are actually weeds.  All weeds should be so lovely!  

This spider lily looks oh so fragile

The spider lilies are always very pretty and so interesting. 

My favorite in this post has to be this little confused t-leaf plant.

Green t-leaf plant with red streaks

I can’t help but think this t-leaf plant was just trying to fit in and keep up with its neighbors!

This was fun!  Thank you, Noel, for letting us share the various forms of beauty that catch our eye and make us pull out our cameras!

It’s a Thirsty World!

On October 15th, the blogosphere is talking about WaterAid – The Burden of Thirst

There are so many statistics about the bad things around the World — staggering statistics.¬† There are some that attract my attention, some that horrify me, and some that shake me up pretty badly.¬† Dirty drinking water shakes me up!¬† But, no water — now that’s even worse!¬† Unheard of!¬† Water is such a precious thing but we tend to take it for granted.

“4000 children die each day due to illnesses from lack of clean drinking water. Give money and blog about this. WaterAid is lobbying the UN to make water a human right. Why isn’t it? Over 1 million kids die each year from lack of water and there are easy solutions to this problem. It’s disgraceful.”

Bloggers Unite has struck another one of my nerves with this one so I’m sharing our thirsty World’s water drama.¬† In Hawai’i we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our water but we don’t realize that there are so many people out there who are without water — clean or dirty!¬† How can this happen?!?

America doesn’t have perfect water.¬† I won’t drink the water in St. Louis, Missouri.¬† You can smell the chlorine.¬† Talk about a shock!¬† “What’s wrong with the water?”¬† I thought I had inhaled too much cigarette smoke on the plane!¬† But, at least they have water! ¬†¬†

Bloggers Unite has joined forces with WaterAid America, Megree, and a host of other bloggers, to alert the United Nations and the rest of the World to the need for attention to this and the need to raise money to help start a resolution.

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If you’re feeling the need to help provide others with what we take for granted, think about donating and/or sign the petition.

It’s a thirsty World, I just never realized how thirsty.

Staying Far from the Shoreline

While listening to the tsunami warnings this morning and the boat harbors asking boat owners to move their vessels out into deeper water, I couldn’t help but think about “my boat.”¬† What happens to the Falls of Clyde when a threat like this one comes over the Civil Defense and other warning systems?

Relatively recently I received an email message about the Falls of Clyde with this YouTube video.  I cried.  Of course.  I almost started again while making sure this link worked.  The video kind of shows what many people wanted to have happen to the Falls before the Friends of the Falls of Clyde stepped up to stop it.

I’ve been thinking about sharing this here but there is nothing like the threat of a tidal wave to get someone to their keyboard.¬† Still listening to the news and all of the closed City parks, shopping malls, and golf courses, etc., I’m more worried about the sea vessels getting bashed.

Hmmm… a tsunami moves at the speed of a jet.¬† It’s scheduled to hit the Big Island of Hawai’i at about 11:05 this morning, February 27, 2010, and the rest of the islands in succession after that.¬† Hilo Bay is going to be the lucky recipient of this “event.”

Standing by and worrying about how it will all pan out.

Updated 03/01/2010 РNo impact.  Civil Defense did a good job.  Local media stayed on top of the crisis and kept us informed from start to finish.  No panic.  There was just a lot of people doing what they felt needed to be done.

Now that Hawai’i is in the clear, I can’t help but think about poor Chile.¬† Google offers some ways to help if you can.

Magic of Community and Majesty of Nu’uanu Pali

So many times while headed uphill I have the uncontrollable urge to just take pictures of the mountain side — so green, so majestic.

The mountains as seen form Pali Highway.

Even with the vog it is still a beautiful sight! The foliage is always so green and the variety of trees makes it interesting.  Some of the trees are so old and regal that they add to the historic charm of this area.

Fallen Trees Can Be Fascinating

The trees, while charming, can also be very dangerous.  It is fortunate that nobody was around when this one cracked and fell!

Fallen tree that caused a road closure on Nuuanu Pali Drive.

One of those very old, and large, trees actually closed the street and made the news.  This one required some heavy equipment to move it all out of the way.

State workers do some logging as they cut up the fallen tree into manageable pieces.

Ultimately, it required some cutting to clear it off the road.  I must admit that the pieces of this once lovely old tree held my attention and curiosity for quite some time.

Location of the break in the fallen tree.

What made it fall?¬† Wind, with what I believe was the assistance of termites.¬† I’m not sure what a termite-eaten tree looks like but maybe a termite expert can help us out with this.¬† I’ll see if I can connect with one of our friends at Terminix to fill us in with some of their knowledge.¬† Sounds like another post to me — I’ll keep you post-ed!

Smaller tree and vines fallen across Nuuanu Pali Drive, again.

This was an interesting find while I was driving very early one morning.¬† A relatively smaller tree wrapped tightly by a very thick and leafy vine.¬† I moved what I could off the road just in time for the driver of a Mercedes to fly by on their way to work.¬† Whew!¬† I realized that I couldn’t do it by myself and called 911 (non-emergency, of course).¬† While I waited and watched for speeding cars, a father trying to get his kids to school came by and stopped to lend a hand.¬† We were able to move more of it off to the side.

Debris partially cleared to allowing passage of cars on one side of the road.

It was interesting to see who would stop and help with something so small yet so obtrusive.  There is a sense of community here.  Another exercise enthusiast came by and we were able to clear away just a little bit more!

Road blockage cleared away without heavy equipment.

Officers finally arrived on the scene and between three or four people, we managed to drag and/or push the rest of it out of they way.  We did it!  No equipment needed.  Well, the City & County guys will have to clean the trash off the side of the road eventually I suppose.

What follows is another example of that sense of caring for the neighborhood.¬† I’ve been waiting for a way to share this and I think a door just opened!¬† This is the same street, just about a half mile down the road, different day, I walked past this gentleman standing on his car trying to clean graffiti off of a road sign.

Gentleman cleaning graffitti off a street sign.Keeping the neighborhood clean.

I asked him if it was working and, yes, it was.¬† Passing by and thinking about it, I knew I had to turn around and get a picture!¬† Obviously there are others who feel the same way that I do about our little community.¬† Even a speed limit sign is not something we like to have defaced!¬† I have forgotten his name now and I can only hope that he sees this and leaves a comment to share his name with us.¬† ūüôā

Obama’s U.S. Ocean Policy Hui in Honolulu

Representatives from the Obama Administration are here¬†in Honolulu, as we speak,¬†to¬†hear what we have to say¬†as they prepare a proposal for a¬†cohesive¬†U.S. Ocean Policy. This “listening session” is today, Tuesday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 6:30 PM at Blaisdell Center.

Kahea logoKahea, the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, is urging everyone who is able, if time allows, to get down there and be heard about the protection and preservation of our oceans. Kahea has even gone so far as to provide child care for parents while they are making their concerns known to this Presidential committee.  Yes, this is very last minute but that is so typical of all offices of government.  The door is open and those in the know need to walk through it and share your knowledge!

While we always¬†want to “maximize the economic and social benefits of what the ocean offers, while protecting our most fragile marine ecosystems,” it is important to remember that we cannot, and WILL NOT, tolerate anything less than doing so with aloha and not allowing our oceans to become the private property of a select¬†few.¬†

Of particular interest and concern is the promotion of aquaculture and making this visiting group¬†see that this can work!¬† Hawai’i, as usual these days, needs to set the example.¬† We have made it work and it is sustainable.¬† I strongly urge anyone¬†specializing in aquaculture to hele on down to Blasidell and tell them what you know!¬† You can prove it!

The ocean is important to us.¬† It is part of our lifestyle and has always¬†been a part of our culture.¬†¬†We’re surrounded by¬†it so we need¬†to¬†protect it and take a stand!¬† Those of you versed in the¬†subject matter of the sea, please help them make the right choices and recommendations back in Washington!¬†¬† They’re reasonable and the will listen if we make an effort to¬†be heard.¬†¬†¬†

Watch Out for the Box Jellyfish!

National Geographic photo of the Box Jellyfish

If these guys are on schedule, they should be out and about today!¬† Be careful and watch for signs posted on the beach!¬† With our winds being the way they have been recently, I’m not sure what the impact of that will be, if any.¬† The Portuguese man-of-war may provide a little visual alert, but you probably won’t see the box jellyfish coming.¬† Ouch!

It’s mostly the beaches on the East (the windward side) of O’ahu that will see more of our squishy visitors. If the warning signs are there, stay out of the water! We live with this phenomenon but it seems that Australia has a need to take a more serious approach.¬† We should consider ourselves lucky!¬† ūüôā

Worry Still Lingers

This post has been pending for a while now.  It was put it on the back burner for a variety of reasons but this past Monday (I think it was Monday) one more fatality brought it right back up, front and center!

A couple of¬†Sundays ago, a young woman riding a motorcycle in Waialua lost control of the bike, hit the guardrail, and was pronounced dead at the scene.¬† She was only 27 years old!¬† Her passenger was 23 and, while injured, survived the crash.¬† Apparently it’s not uncommon for a passenger to be thrown clear and suffer little or no injury.

Blue motorcycle at 2007 bike show

People who have cruised through this blog from time to time know that I am a big proponent of motorcycle safety.¬†¬† The media reports on the fatality rates on our roadways.¬† I have seen a variety of numbers reported but one of¬†the reports said that this was already the 7th one this year, on Oahu, which matches the total of all of those that happened in 2008.¬† HPD said that the motorcycle accident at the end of February was the 17th but that may¬†have been traffic fatalities in total, not just¬†motorcycle-related accidents.¬†¬† No matter how you look at it, it’s just way too many!

If you’re a biker, I know you guys want to just brush me off but, guess what?¬† I’m not the only one!¬† Listen to the words from some of your own!¬† Am I wrong?¬† Still think I’m over-reacting?

I’ve been¬†telling myself that I’m becoming my mother — I worry too much about people’s safety.¬†¬†With no biological children of my own, I guess I have a deep-seated, maternal¬†need to adopt¬†all of¬†our Oahu ohana who constantly put themselves at risk.¬† I worry about all of the things that any good mother would worry about — the risks involved with dangerous locations, dangerous equipment with sharp blades, and all dangerously fast-moving vehicles with a bad rap.

The fear of accidents and the heavy grief over the loss of a friend or loved one¬†would be unbearable.¬† It doesn’t happen often but when it’s¬†someone you know,¬†once is already too much.¬† The lu’ulu’u (heavy grief)¬†caused by¬†a tragedy like this lingers over the community for¬†several days and¬†is hard to shake off, especially when you have friends and family¬†who share the same hobby.¬† The danger is something that mothers and spouses have to deal with and/or shake off every time their loved ones step outside the door.

Sunrise River Wild Boar Hunting Knife Model 503 Another one that is not usually on my radar of concern, is another favorite pastime that I had forgotten about. Factor in another relatively-recent incident and this particular activity moves right back to the forefront.¬† Granted, this was a truly unfortunate case of po’ino (hard luck or peril) that caused this tragedy.¬† I guess technology makes things more dangerous now.¬† Mahalo to KITV4 for keeping that link active for us.

We have several hunters on the island (responsible ones¬†who don’t¬†kill other people’s pets; don’t even let me get started on that one again) who hunt pigs, goats, deer (on the Big Island), etc.¬†using a variety of techniques.¬† I’ve lost friends because of accidents in the mountain so I can speak with a little bit of authority on this.

Yes, I do worry about animal rights and , were it not for the destruction done to the environment by these non-indigenous characters, I would be screaming about their slaughter.¬† Don’t worry, the photo of this charming¬†little guy¬†was actually borrowed from a photographer who took this¬†in India.¬† It’s illegal to kill the pigs there.¬† They are necessary to that ecosystem (destructive of ours).

Wild boar in India

To avoid sharing a bloody photo, I got permission from Flickr.com member, zedaxis22, to borrow this wonderful photo of¬†this wild boar.¬† If I had not told you this photo was taken in India, you never would have known the difference.¬† I didn’t! Thank you, zedaxis22, I’m glad that this little guy is¬†in India because I would hate to see anything happen to¬†a fine¬†creature like that.

With the exception of the wild animals and the choice of equipment, this past time would be no more dangerous than hiking, right?  Wrong.  The problem is, there are so many other factors to consider.  Hunters consistently step off any paths or trails created for hikers.  They need to go where their targets go, which is usually anywhere but the marked trails.

In short, I’m sending strong urgings to friends and family who are passionate about their favorite¬†pastimes:¬† please use caution, please make good decisions, and please remember your loved ones before you take those dangerous¬†steps.

Strong urgings to drivers:¬† “Look Twice, Save a Life.¬† Motorcycles are Everywhere.”¬† This is especially true now that gas prices have made us think about our methods of transportation.

Drive smart, ride smart, and play smart!