watch the landing you wonder how the plane can keep its balance, for there are only two wheels. While pilot Andre Borschberg (right) deserves hero status, this was a major team effort: 50 engineers/technicians, 80 technological partners, more than 100 advisors/suppliers and 90 sponsors. Next, Bertrand Piccard (left) will take the next leg to Phoenix. I've been invited to visit the plane Monday morning and will show more about this historic solar powered craft later that day.
15 Craigside is featuring this morning, the day before the Fourth of July, the Royal Hawaiian Band. They then go on for a 3PM performance at Center Stage, Ala Moana Shopping Center. The bandmaster is Clark Bright, who once worked for me at the Hawaiian Natural Energy Institute when he was a student at the University. He has been in this role with the RHB since 2011.
Here are a few typical digitized slides, the first a 1963 shot of Pearl and Pepper at the Slippery slide in 1963:
This was also our backyard when I worked at the Kilauea Sugar Company on Kauai and is the exact spot where South Pacific was filmed where Bloody Mary sang Happy Talk to her daughter and the Navy Lieutenant.
Pearl at Foster Botanical Garden around circa 1965.
Sunset, not sure when or where.
Sunset at Ala Wai Yacht Harbor in the early 70's.
Pearl in the 80's, not sure where.
Oh, my goodness. There are now six ocean storms in the Pacific.
One could well strengthen and threaten Hawaii:
The most serious one, Chan-hom, is still a tropical storm, but will soon attain hurricane strength and move into the general vicinity of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Then, Chan-hom could well reach Category 4 strength, or maybe even Super Typhoon status, and head for Okinawa, most probably, though, turning northward and passing through or close to Japan: