Yellow-fronted canary serenade

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This little guy gave us a spirited solo performance.  He was up pretty high and didn’t stay still for too long, but it was nice while it lasted.

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Yellow-fronted canaries became established on Oahu in the early 1960s, apparently after escaping from somebody’s cage.

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Wandering along Ka Iwi Coast tidepools

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The rugged Ka Iwi Coast on the east side of Oahu is a great place to wander.  Lots of tidepools and little surprises.

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Oahu’s last active lava flow met the sea here many moons ago, and the beach is now a fascinating mix of coral and lava.

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A few nice shells are scattered here and there.

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The line on this fish’s back makes it look like he’s looking up and frowning.

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Lots of little reef fish in the pools.

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Some of the fish have very good camouflage.  Look closely and you will see the fish in the center below.

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It’s always nice to see the Coast Guard on the job.

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The empty shell of a large crab still stands guard too.

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Koko Crater looms in the background.

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This old engine block has seen better days.  It’s almost like an archeological find.  But not quite.  Just another reminder of the modern world.

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Lightning-fast mongoose

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The mongoose is a common sight on Oahu but you rarely seen one for very long.  They are very fast and don’t like to sit still for photographs.

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The mongooses found in Hawai’i are native to India and were originally introduced in 1883 by the sugar industry to control rats in sugarcane fields on Maui, Moloka’i and O’ahu, according to state officials.

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Mongooses are now considered pests that threaten endangered birds and other animals and insects.  In fact, it is against state law to introduce, keep or breed any mongoose in Hawai’i except by permit.

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Mongoose are now widespread on all of the main Hawaiian islands except for Lanaʻi and Kauaʻi, where there are no known populations.

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Manoa Falls tragedy

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I visited Manoa Falls the other evening and found that friends of 19-year-old Kristi Takanishi had also visited recently and left a lei and a small memorial near the spot at the base of the falls where she was fatally injured in a tragic accident.  It’s a heart-breaking story.  So young, so full of life, just starting out.  Gone so quickly.

She and a friend had apparently climbed to the small pool above the main falls, and she somehow lost her balance and fell to the shallow rock-filled pool below.  Manoa Falls is actually a small cascade of falls, but the upper falls can only be seen from a distance.

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I didn’t know her, but I shed a tear just the same.  I’m sure many people will think of her whenever they visit the falls.  I will too.

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Aloha Kristi.

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