Molokai Man

Kalaupapa

img_6985Finally made it down to Kalauapapa.  This is the place where lepers (now called Hansen Disease) were sent for more than 100 years.  It is one of the most isolated places imaginable.  The only way to access it is by plane, boat or via a 3 mile hiking trail that switchbacks the highest sea cliffs in the world.  It is truly a stunning place.

My parents and I stayed there for 2 nights.  It is only possible to stay the night if you are invited by a resident and we just happen to have an old friend from Maui who is in charge of the food service.

Today about 15 patients still live there.  The area is run jointly by the State Dept. of Health and the National Park Service.  About 100 people live there.

We toured the entire peninsula and saw amazing, remote places – caves, craters and abandoned structures.  We also drank at the only bar and played in the weekly volleyball game.

A rollicking good time and then we hiked out the trail.

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January 2, 2009 Posted by | Molokai | , , , , | 1 Comment

Master Blaster

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of filming The Master Blaster 2008 – a paddling race that combines two of life’s greatest pursuits – drinking and paddling. This year more than 25 teams competed, with every Hawaiian Island represented. Molokai had the 3 time defending champs, but Oahu brought some ringers and took the top prize.

The costumes were also awesome – police, eskimos and Indians – to name a few.

And all this took place in the pouring rain.

I made a short video of the event and it’s now up on YouTube: .

Let me know what you think.

December 13, 2008 Posted by | Molokai | , , , | Leave a comment

The Pump Predicament

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Molokai pays some of the highest prices for gasoline in the country – right now gas is $3.59 for regular. There are only 2 stations on the island and like everywhere in Hawaii (but Oahu) the gas has to travel here on a barge.

Consequently the price only changes once a month or so – it was more than $4 for the first 3 weeks I was here.

Some people think there’s something fishy going on, but it’s likely just a supply and demand deal and the fact that we live on an Island.

In any event – I wrote a story to see if I could uncover a vast conspiracy – or something like that.

Now don’t you feel better about how much you’re paying?

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Molokai | , | 1 Comment