Satellite Catches Storms Producing Gamma Rays
On August 3, 2014, showers and thunderstorms grew from an area of low pressure several hundred miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. That tropical depression eventually strengthened into Hurricane Julio and passed north of Hawaii. The system stirred up surf, but was not otherwise notable—except that it happened to produce some very curious flashes of light.
The flashes—known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs)—are some of the highest-energy light occurring naturally on Earth. From space, scientists have detected them amid the thunderstorms associated with tropical cyclones. The energy produced in a TGF can reach 100 mega-electron volts, or about as much radiation as 400 chest X rays.
Warm welcome: Hokule‘a comes home
Three years. More than 46,000 miles. Nineteen countries.
One last mile.
Thousands of spectators gathered at Magic Island on Saturday to cheer the Hokule‘a and its safe return to Hawaiian waters, after the traditional sailing canoe wrapped up the longest and most ambitious voyage of its 42-year history.
Let’s Settle This in Court: What, Exactly, Is Stand-Up Paddleboarding?
The age-old questions. Is light a particle or a wave? Is Certs a breath mint or a candy mint? Is bridge a sport or a game?
And now add this one: Is stand-up paddleboarding more like canoeing or more like surfing?
This question, at least, is headed to mediation with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In stand-up paddle, athletes stand on a long, flat board. (Hey, that sounds like surfing!) They race one another, propelling their craft with a paddle. (Wait a minute, that sounds like canoeing!)
The races can be held on flat water, like standard canoeing races, or in the waves, like surfing.
Now both the International Surfing Association and the International Canoe Federation want to control the sport. It’s not just an academic exercise. Stand-up paddle is a candidate to be added to the Olympics, which has recently been binging on adding new sports and events.
State expanding project using of oysters to clean Pearl Harbor
Aiming to replicate the water quality impact of oysters on places such as Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, the state Division of Aquatic Resources on Tuesday announced the expansion of its own oyster-growing experiment with the target of helping to clean up Pearl Harbor.
Bruce Anderson, division administrator, said the Department of Land and Natural Resources plans to escalate a project that has successfully grown several thousand oysters in Pearl Harbor’s West Loch over the past year.
“They are doing extremely well,” Anderson said at a news conference at Kualoa Ranch’s Molii Fishpond, where most of the oysters served in Hawaii’s restaurants are raised.
Longtime Hawaiian eatery to close after more than 50 years
A longtime restaurant in Honolulu featuring authentic Hawaiian cuisine is preparing to close its doors after serving customers for more than 50 years.
Ono Hawaiian Foods will serve its final meal in August.
Kevin Shimabukuro, whose family owns the restaurant, said the business is closing after family members chose other career paths.
Wild Chickens Are Flocking To Whole Foods In Kailua
In the past two years, regular customers at the upscale Whole Foods grocery store in Kailua have been noticing an odd phenomenon — more and more feral chickens are roosting in the parking lot.
Whole families of birds –roosters, chickens and chicks– are perching in and under the trees near the entrance to the store, nesting near the area where the shopping carts are stored, and strutting up and down the rows of the parking lot. They’re also crowing. A lot.
Inside the store, a 5-pound, free-range chicken from California costs about $20. Outside, in the blocks surrounding the store, about three dozen are roaming free.
“I don’t remember there ever being chickens like this. Never. Maybe on the Pali, but never like this,” said Amanda Gomez, 29, of Kaneohe, scanning the Whole Foods parking lot. “There are so many moms and babies. They love this area right here.”
Shoji enjoying retirement after 42 years as Wahine coach
After 42 years in a job he never expected to turn into a career, Shoji is getting used to a new title: former Hawaii women’s volleyball coach. He officially retired on May 1, turned in the keys to the office, turned in the school-issued car and cell phone, and cleaned out his office and his locker.
“It wasn’t difficult but it’s something I never had to do before,” Shoji said. “It’s not weird. We’ve anticipated this and I’m ready for it. It’s time.
“I have no immediate plans to do anything on a regular basis except to golf, get in the water, see the grandkids and try to follow the boys wherever they are.”