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Big Show From Kilauea

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Lava hitting the sea
Kupapau Point, Hawaii — April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

With all the recent news about Kilauea erupting, I thought I’d share one of the images we took of the same area almost a decade ago.

The View At Mo’okini Heiau

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Thatched temple building at Mo’okini Heiau
Hawi, Hawaii — April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

This is a thatched temple — one of many that were here at one time — and it can be found at Mo’okini Heiau, the oldest and most sacred heiau located within Hawaii.  The rest of the sacrificial temple at this location is to the right of the thatched temple, just outside of the camera frame.

Much is written about this heiau… how it was created around 480 AD, how the massive rock temple was built in one night by nearly 20,000+ people using stones that were hand-carried from a quarry some 12 miles away, how this heiau became the war temple of Kamehameha the Great during the end of the 18th century, and — more significantly — the claim that “many tens of thousands” of people were ritually sacrificed here during the time when the Hawaiian Islands were ruled by the kapu (taboo) system.  This site was once considered so sacred that no one other than priests were allowed to visit it until 1978, when the centuries-old taboo was finally lifted to allow visitors. Continue Reading →

Because… Science!

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Submillimeter Array (SMA) radio telescopes
Summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii — April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Yes, this is the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Yes, this is considered to be in the tropics.  Yes, that white stuff is SNOW!  And YES, this is posted to show support for the March for Science in Washington, DC — today!!!

Were I not still recovering from my recent prostate cancer surgery (science), I would be an active participant in the march down on the National Mall later this morning.

I benefit from science each and every day — food that I do not raise or grow myself, electricity to illuminate the darkest parts of where I need to see, potable water to drink from the tap, fire from the gas cooking range, a warm home that is safe from the elements, the automated cleaning and drying of clothing and dishes, canned goods, computers, the Internet, refrigeration, air conditioning, automobiles, cameras, life-giving surgeries (multiple times), vaccines (YES!), the list is endless.

The attacks on science and technology must end, as without science and technology our lives would surely be snuffed out.