March 2014 Archives


If there isn’t one, then there ought to be a Chinese proverb that says, “the person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

Chele and a half…..

marathon, that is.  I finished my first 1/2 marathon this morning.  I finished 311/397, 6th/11 in my age group and with a quite respectable time of 2:42. I did make the mistake of laying on the grass at the finish line to “recover”…..and immediately stiffened up so that it was REALLY hard to get back on my feet! (….can’t wait for the next one….!)

Our Maiden Voyage

The USS HROOSTER took her maiden voyage on Hilo Bay last week.  The bright green tandem kayak is built for two, and unlike our old one, is NOT an inflatable (with all the problems that that implies…..) After two hours of paddling we learned that 1. we need butt cushions. 2. we need back cushions. She has now been properly pimped out for old folks and is ready for our next foray!   AMBA0246 from Continue reading

Hawaiian Damselfish


Another unknown, but I assume it is in the jellyfish family (cnidaria)


In other words, I have no idea.  I first saw one of these swimming in shallow water at Kapoho Tidepools, but my camera was not working well that day, and I missed it.  I saw them again this week, but they were hiding in a dark cave behind some massive coral. These pics are the best I could do…. Update:  knowledgable local friend tells me it is a SquirrelFish


Ever wonder where those beautiful white Hawaiian beaches come from?  These Parrotfish (my, what big TEETH you have!) eat the coral, poop it out, and voila: Sand! It is quite unnerving to be snorkeling and hear them crunching away at the coral around you    

Lagoon Triggerfish


Sea Cucumber Poop….

No, those are not beads that someone lost on the sea floor!