Margie Solum of Klamath Falls, Ore., bottom center, flashed a shaka yesterday during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. St. Patrick’s Day this year was also Solum’s 86th birthday, and her family dressed in green to celebrate both occasions.
The Hilton’s Sumo Mikoshi was carried yesterday in the 17th annual Honolulu Festival Parade on Kalakaua Avenue. The theme of this year’s celebration was “We are all neighbors around the world.”
NASA posts its Astronomy Picture of the Day every day on its website, and Hawaii has been well represented in recent years. Looking every bit like an alien spaceship, the clouds in this image are stacked up in a form known as lenticular. Normally, air moves much more horizontally than it does vertically. Sometimes, however, such as when wind comes off of a mountain or hill, relatively strong vertical oscillations take place as the air stabilizes. That’s what happened here near Mauna Kea in November 2003.
This photograph, taken from a kite, was the photo of the day on Jan. 18. It shows the Galaxy Garden created by artist Jon Lomberg at the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary in Kona. The meticulously planned walk-through garden spanning 90 feet provides a relatively accurate map of our Milky Way. Different plants depict stars, globular clusters and even nebulas. Many bright stars visible in Earth’s night sky are depicted on leaves surrounding the marked location of the sun. A fountain has been built to represent the black hole at the center of the galaxy. Visit www.GalaxyGarden.net for more details.
YO-YO MINE: Children tried to scoop up a prize in the Yo-Yo Scooping game yesterday at the 17th Honolulu Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center.
QUIET MOMENT | A house sparrow clutched to an air root off a tree at Ala Moana Beach Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Pearl Harbor yesterday morning for a port visit by its approximately 5,000 crew and air wing members. Henry Maier of Maryland waved flags as the ship, based in Everett, Wash., docked. He was greeting his son, Airman Apprentice Louis Maier, an aviation machinist’s mate who works on F-18 Hornets.
Sisters Alanna Noga, 16, and Angeline Noga, 18, watched their sister Alicia Noga, 7, receive the sign of the cross in ash on her forehead yesterday by the Rev. Jack Ryan of St. John the Baptist Church in Kalihi. It was in observance of the Ash Wednesday tradition, the start of the season of Lent.
Dylan Feliciano, 3, was on the lookout for underwater critters yesterday at Ala Moana Beach Park. Dylan goes to the park weekly with his dad, Darryl, looking for little fishes that they release after Dylan nets them.
Thousands of Catholics spent their last day of indulgence yesterday (March 8, 2011) during Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. Johnell Ladera picked up malasadas at Damien Memorial school, where volunteers sold them in the parking lot. Proceeds benefited tuition assistance. She was with her son Jared. Another son, Micah, is a student there.
The Cherry Blossom Cabaret led the parade to the drums of Timbaloha Batucada as they kicked off the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday celebration on Nuuanu Avenue last night (March 8, 2011). The event featured a street party complete with dancers, performers and partygoers with lots of revelry, food and drink.
Sunday’s 34th Annual Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10K attracted a field of 1,650 participants who headed off from Kapiolani Park, around Diamond Head and Kahala, and finished back at the park. Kim Kuehnert of Honolulu was the first finisher at 39 minutes, 43 seconds, with Jessica Forrester of Honolulu only five seconds behind.
For more photos from the race, see honolulupulse.com.
Makiki resident Dee Dee Valencia was only 6 years old when she completed her first Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10K in 1978, and after participating in Sunday’s event, she can stake a claim to having run in all 34 of the races, formerly known as the Straub Women’s 10K and the Straub/Kapiolani Women’s 10K. Valencia, 39, was inadvertently omitted from last week’s story on a small group of women who had participated in all the races since its inception.
James Rivers performed with other members of the Pacific Buddhist Academy yesterday during the Fifth Annual Pacific Buddhist Academy Student Taiko and Karaoke Festival in the Pearl City High School Performing Arts Center.
TOURISTS MAKE WAY FOR VISITOR: A monk seal had its pick of napping spots during cloudy weather yesterday (March 5, 2011) at Waikiki Beach. The seal could be seen all day lounging between Duke's and the Moana Surfrider, beside the mooring site of the catamaran Na Hoku II.
SPLASH FOR CASH: The McGuinness family — Bridget, left, Christine Magnarella, Bryan, Mark, Jim, Malia and Becky Mackin — plunged into freezing water yesterday (March 5, 2011) during the fourth annual Polar Plunge, a Special Olympics Hawaii fundraiser. About 170 plungers collected at least $100 each for the honor of an icy plunge, while eight "superplungers" raised $1,000 and jumped into the pool once every hour. The McGuinnesses, who also took the plunge in last year's event, turned out to support Bryan, a Special Olympics athlete.
MCKENNA SWORN IN TO HIGH COURT: Mark E. Recktenwald, chief justice of the state Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Sabrina McKenna yesterday (March 3, 2011) as the high court's newest associate justice.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, joined Ray Kumar yesterday at the Gandhi statue in front of the Honolulu Zoo for a Hawaiian blessing organized by the Gandhi International Institute for Peace and the We Are One Foundation. Arun Gandhi brought the lei that Johnny Kanakanui Lucero placed on the statue.
PARK AND RIDE: Children cruised through the parking lot at Kakaako Waterfront Park yesterday (March 1, 2011).
IN GOOD COMPANY: Maura Dortono relaxed near Ala Wai Community Park yesterday (Feb. 28) afternoon in the company of pigeons.