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

POST – A – NUT

post-a-nut There are a lot of strange things here on Molokai, but this has got to be right up there. Basically, you take a coconut and write on it – message, address and all. And this post office – and only this post office – will send it anywhere in the world. AS IS. No box or bag or anything, just the coconut traveling through the ether.

On a recent Friday afternoon, I happened by said post office as it was about to close. At least a dozen people were standing in line waiting to ‘post -their – nut’. And there was probably another 50 or so coconuts behind the counter that were ready to go. And somehow I was the one getting funny looks for dropping off newspapers.

Yes, I will send you a coconut. But only if you send me food.

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Back to the motherland

Most of you know I was born on Maui and so this is my attempt to figure out if Hawaii is in my future, not just my past.

I’ve spent the last few months jumping from couch to couch and coast to coast. I was substitute teaching at my old high school in Massachusetts and promoting my film about great white sharks.

Hopefully I’ll be staying in one place for more than a few weeks.

In the meantime, here are a few pics of my new home.

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment