Kaiwi the Hawaiian Monk Seal Came In For a Snooze

Kaiwi, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

This is Kaiwi, a Hawaiian Monk Seal who took time out this morning to rest on the shoreline of Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. She is known to NOAA animal officials who monitor the endangered species. The seal was born  in 2016 at the Ka Iwi area of Oahu island.

Hawaiian Monk Seals are an endangered species and are protected bynow protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Kaiwi has frequented the Waikiki area in the past, most recently in July during the time that another female monk seal named “Rocky” gave birth and nutured her pup on Kaimana Beach near the Waikiki Natatorium.

People are reminded to keep their distance away from the Hawaiian Monk Seal. It is a violation of several federal laws to go near or harass a monk seal.

Needless to say the seals do attract a crowd as they did this morning. NOAA officials were quickly dispatched to the scene to establish a secure zone around the seal. Many people including I hung around for a while to get pictures. The photos accompanying this piece were shot between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. in the morning.

More photos are on the Hawaii Files Flickr page.

People can report Hawaiian Monk Seal sightings to the NOAA. There is also a Facebook page.

Kaiwi the Hawaiian Monk SealHere’s looking at you kid.

Keep Your Distance from the SealKeep your distance from the seal. Do not approach. Seal sleeping.

Kaiwi just wants to sleepAll Kaiwi came to the beach to do is sleep. She gets first class treatment in the heart of Waikiki with her own beach zone.

More photos on Flickr.

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Sunset From Waikiki

Waikiki Afternoon Sunset

One of the best things about living or visiting Hawaii is to take time out to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the daily sunset. My friend Lisa and I took a short walk along the Queen’s Beach promenade in Waikiki. We snapped pictures and chatted about it in our latest edition of The Hawaii Files Podcast. Listen to it while you watch the pretty pictures scroll by below. It takes a little more than a minute.

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Waikiki Afternoon SunsetWide angle shot.

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Huey in Waikiki

Huey in Waikiki

It’s not every day that you see a helicopter paraded through the streets in Waikiki. That happened yesterday at the Memorial Day Parade which traversed down Kalakaua Avenue through the high density tourist district.

The parade featured three bands, a number of veteran marching units, flag wavers, soldiers, motorcycle clubs, and custom cars. The highlight was the two helicopters towed on board flatbed tractor trailer trucks. Both choppers, the Bell UH-1 Huey shown above as well as a Bell AH-1 Cobra shown below were in the parade courtesy of the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor / Ford Island.

As is typical for all parades, “a good time was had by all” for everyone in attendance.

Memorial Day Parade

God Bless the U.S.A.

Remember our fallen soldier heroes and our dearly departed loved ones this Memorial Day weekend.

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King Tides This Weekend

King's High Tide Waikiki

This weekend, starting yesterday, high tides in Hawaii are supposed to be unusually high. According to Wikipedia, “King tides are simply the very highest tides. They are naturally occurring, predictable events.”

Higher than normal high tides are impacting areas in Waikiki, Ala Moana and Mapunapuna where the shoreline is very close to the ocean. The so-called King Tides are impacting low lying areas around resorts and businesses, causing some flooding.

For many people it is a chance to go to the beach and actually enjoy the waves whether in the water or not. It presents photographers with a good opportunity to snap pictures of waves, people, beaches and maybe some destruction. 🙂

My friend Lisa and I ventured out to Queen’s Beach in Waikiki yesterday and recorded our impression of King Tide with photos and for the first time with our very first, unintentional podcast. You can listen to that by clicking on the link below:

More Links From Other Sources:

King Tides Are Providing A Glimpse Of Hawaii’s Future – Honolulu Civil Beat

King Tides Bring Fish to Honolulu Streets – KITV 4 News

While King Tides are attributed to “predictable events” some people and the media are giving them more attention connecting the phenomena to “global warming”. I think the jury is still out on this one.

So let us ask. King Tides… is it part of global warming? Leave us a comment.

King's High Tide Waikiki

King's High Tide Waikiki

King's High Tide Waikiki

King's High Tide Waikiki

More photos of tides, beaches and Waikiki on our Flickr site.

Audio podcast by Mel and Lisa. Visit Lisa’s blogs at Laha Lele and  TropicalToes.net 

The podcast was created with the Android app Spreaker Studio on a Samsung Galaxy J7 smart phone.

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