Notes from Conservation

Earlier this month, under sunny skies, I boarded a plane for the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference in Hilo, predicted to be the landfall site for Hurricane Guillermo. By the time we pushed back from the gate, sun still shining, rain had started to fall and steam sizzled off the sunbaked runway. “I’ve asked myself more than…

Don’t Count Hurricane Ana Out Yet.

The seven words people on Kauai fear the most: The hurricane is going south of Hawaii. When I got off a whale research boat on Friday, my phone pinged and chirped and downloaded a few dozen emails in an effort to sync itself with my land-based world: News about a hospitalized uncle, a pregnant friend who…

10 Tips for Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit*

The word, “kit,” of course, is a misnomer. You’ll need a garage to store all this stuff. That aside, next time there’s a hurricane warning, remember to: Put all essential documents like passports, marriage certificates, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and credit cards in Ziploc plastic bags. Go ahead and double bag them. And don’t chintz…

Awaiting #Iselle.

I’m sitting under the umbrella canopy of a heliotrope tree. Usually, there are bees bouncing from blossom to blossom in these trees, just enough to stop me from sitting this close. But there are no bees today. Either the winds are too strong or they sense the pending storm and are already hunkering down. Hunkering…