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Australian Beekeepers Invention: Honey on Tap

On 2/19/15, Kevin Kelly wrote in a message entitled
Automatic honey harvester:

"Might be revolutionary; might be hype.

To which I replied:
"Looks plausible. The FAQs read pretty well. You keep the normal brood chamber.
They ought to set one up in the UC Davis bee lab. You used to be able to stop in there and watch the bees through a glass cover do their pollen-directional dance.
If this really does work and doesn't get clogged, it's revolutionary. To not have to mess with extractors would be a boon for a family-sized bee colony."
Then Kevin emailed again:

"That crazy honey extractor has raised $ 2.5 million so far and counting.
If it does not work a lot of folks will be disappointed.
But I tell ya, Kickstarter-style crowd funding is very powerful.
-- KK"

California Honeydrops- Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You

I just heard these guys in a small venue tonight and they are fabulous. This a band that is on its way to major recognition, I think. At the Fillmore in an Francisco in September (not announced yet).

84-Year-Old Sailed Across Atlantic in Homemade Raft

Comment from Anonymous:
"Across the Atlantic - in a garden shed: Most 84-year-olds would settle for a Saga cruise. But this ancient mariner had other ideas. http://dailym.ai/1G0hD9r"

Note: Anthony Smith passed away in July 2014 at age 88: http://nyti.ms/17DNyxR

Tiny Homes For Homeless, Continued…

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post Tiny Homes For The Homeless Built Out of Dumpster ...":

Hi Lloyd, ran across some more articles on this fellow and had a look at his website.
He now has a TON of pics of his tiny homes for the homeless, which he has pretty much created from garbage.
Hunted this post out, to put the link on, in case anyone is interesting in building some of these, he has quite detailed pics of his work in progress, and MANY many finished homes.
I believe these pics are from a photographer who has photographed this man's work/art.

Kauai Outdoor Living

I like the way this inexpensive connecting roof provides so much more useable space.

Look West, Old Man, Look West

This poster by National Geographic really struck me. The migration to Hawaii by Marquesas Islands sailors somewhere between 300-800 AD in open sailing canoes, along with plants and animals. When you look at this map of South Pacific Islands, you see what a feat that was. No GPS.

I had an interesting talk yesterday with my neighbor John Washington, who has sailed in this part of the world. How did these guys sail 2500 miles and land on the Hawaiian islands, which are way out in the ocean away from everything else? We concluded they combined many skills: astronomy, direction of swells, winds, birds and fish; intuition…

Somewhere I read that Polynesian navigation knowledge was passed along in oral tradition from navigator to apprentice, partly in song.

It caused me to reflect on my Euro-centric education. Western Civilization was required for Stanford freshmen when I went there. Nothing about China, India, the South Pacific, Buddhism, Zen, the great Khmer civilization, the Taoists, Chi Gung, the concept of chi… (Part of consciousness-expansion in the '60s was discovery of the rest of the world's civilizations and practices.)

So here I am looking westward. It caused me to take another look at Henrik and Ginni's 6800-mile sailboat journey from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico across this archipelago of islands. It's covered with lots of photos on 6 pages in Tiny Homes on the Move (pp. 156-61).

The Tahitians arrived around 1200 AD and things got brutal. Cook arrived in the 1700s.

It's fascinating history.

Wooden Topographic Model of Kauai

This was at a ranger station/museum in the Waimea area. Looks like it was done by some sort of computer-generated cutting tool. It's the entire 25 x 35 mile island of Kauai.

I shot this picture centered (at bottom) on Hanalei Bay—it's that perfect 2/3-circle. Look at the way the mountains fan out in the same pattern. Na Pali coast on right. I believe the sand you see half-way up on the right is Polihale Beach, end of the road.

Yet More of Ambrose's Surfboards

Old school. No stinkin SurfTek boards here!

Awesome collection of hand-crafted/shaped by Ambrose surfboards.

Ambrose is south of the main part of Kapa'a, on the main highway.

He's a wise man.

See earlier post: http://bit.ly/1EYqd4F

Island Soul

I don't see any boards, but these guys gotta be surfers. Somewhere in Kapa'a, Kauai. Authentic, eh?

What I like here (aside from the soulfulness):
-hip roof, corrugated steel sheets
-porch area by subtraction. Think of it as the overall simple roof shape; then by moving walls inside, you get porch.
-up off ground on simplest of foundations.
-colors: red/green. I love the brick red color, especially window trim on Pacific west coast.

What You Gonna Do Now by Tommy Castro & Honey Honey

New Wooden Bridge in UK by Jonny Briggs

Hi Lloyd,

Just completed another bridge project. This was constructed using a hybrid of laminated plywood, steel and oak. Its the first time I’ve experimented with such large laminations!



Shots of Jameson's and Spectacular Spider in Kauai

I had so many experiences and shot so many photos during my 3 weeks in Kauai that I could do a mini-book, but there just ain't the time. So I'll put stuff up in dribs and drabs. This is Jeremy Hill and his girlfriend Jen (from San Diego) at Mariachi's bar/excellent restaurant in Kapa'a one night. They bought me a shot.

Jeremy showed me this photo he'd taken of a spider on the island, looks like a fanciful drawing.

A week later Jeremy and I ended up at the Bistro, another v. good restaurant in Kilauea and had a great visit while we ate dinner at the bar.

So much "content," so little time…

An Ode to Mount Tamalpais

It may be only a few thousand feet high, but nevertheless, it's a magic mountain.  With its redwoods, meadows, creeks, waterfalls, trails, animals, birds, endless vistas and hundreds of miles of trails, there are lots of us Bay Area residents who love it insanely.

"Hello Lloyd!  You've enjoyed my past films about Mt. Tamalpais and when recently we finished making this short film, I thought you'd appreciate this one quite a bit.  It's about one person's offering to a mountaintop that had been removed by the military during the Cold War... an offering for its healing.

So... I thought you'd be interested in seeing this 8-minute film "Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually."


The synergy of creative collaboration can result in magic beyond our imagining.  Witnessing Genna Panzarella paint this 8x10' mural of Mt. Tamalpais as it was when it was whole, literally inside of what used to be the mountaintop, is akin to stealing a peek through the kimono of mystery... the misty mystery of impermanence.

The project bears a great resemblance to the process of making a Tibetan Buddhist sand painting (and then blowing it away).…

-gary yost

Gross Passenger Liner in Kauai

A polluting, clumsy, resource-guzzling symbol of over-consumption docked at Nawiliwili, Kauai

Irene Tukuafu's Cherry Wood Banjo With Abalone Inlay

"My Tenor Banjo is made of cherry wood & there are some places that are walnut in the neck and peg head. I used some wood inlay for the side with some added crushed turquoise with epoxy glue then sanded that down. It's easier to use abalone shell.  This shell is gotten from Aqua Blue Maui LLC. WONDERFUL FOLKS to work with and their process of making abalone shell into a product that can be used easily....WOW. They have a great website and sooooooooo many colors to choose from. This shell that I'm using is from N.Z. but there are abalone shells from all over the world. They make it into the thin even stuff that is not even as thick as a credit card and can be cut by scissors.  All made there in Maui. And yes, I did inlay this abalone shell. I used super glue to make sure it stays where I put it.

So often a banjo overrules a small group of musicians. That's one reason why I like this style as it's not too loud. I used Baritone Ukulele strings on this banjo as that is the tuning. It's also called "Chicago tuning"...really it's just the last 4 strings of a guitar. Easy to play and enjoy. Not as heavy as your brother's Tenor Banjo. There are two other tunings that can be used with this banjo, making it very playable to folks who play other instruments.…"

Very Nicely Designed Vacation Home in Southwest Kauai

This reminds me of homes designed by Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan during the Arts and Crafts Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1900s. Note the fine lava rock masonry work of the fireplace, the gentle curves at the ends of the rafters. Well designed, well built.

Large Expensive 4x4 Vehicles on Kauai

I was surprised by the number of these type vehicles on Kauai. Big, expensive, high off the road gas burners all over the place. You wonder how many of the drivers ever need the 4-wheel drive.

Tiny Home Builder and Tree Surgeon Coming to US From UK

Craftsperson Willow De La Roche was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move. She built Willow’s Wagon in 2011, and has a new company, Artisan Homes UK, that builds alternative small living spaces, such as gypsy caravans, shepherds wagons, tree houses, boat conversions, as well as earth-bag and cob houses.
Dear Lloyd,

I'm still living in my beautiful wagon thankfully the sheep have gone from my field now, as they uses to cram in under the wagon and make the most disconcerting and sudden noises in the middle of the night, not to mention reeking havoc with my log pile. But this morning the snow lies all around but i'm really nice and cozy inside. :)

Wild Foods From Berkeley and Oakland Sidewalks

"UC Berkeley professors Philip Stark and Tom Carlson are self-proclaimed botanical rubberneckers. When both of them walk their daily route to campus, it’s rare that they’ll take a few steps without stopping in their tracks, bending down, and finding some food to snack on.

Their wild snacks are what most people would call weeds. Weeds, they say, get a really bad rap. Instead Stark and Carlson want people to think of them as wild edibles, underprivileged plants, or forgotten foods. 'They’re just an incredible resource and we’re not using them,' Stark says.'"…

Pulu Hui Carver

Nice necklace pendants, mostly whalebone, by Sosaia Pulu. He is in Waimea durng the week, and at the Hanapepe Street Fair on Friday nights.

Meals on Wheels in Hanapepe

There's a great street fair in Hanapepe on Friday nights. (I'm back home from Kauai now and in a bit of a quandary with so many photos-- will post them from time to time.)

This is a great little town.

Ambrose and His 200 Surfboards

I saw a huge number of old school surfboards (turns out there are 200, almost all made by Ambrose) a little south of the main part of Kapa'a, stopped in and met Ambrose Curry III, who has lived here since 1969. Turned out he is a fellow native San Franciscan, so we had lots to talk about. We hit it off on all cylinders and even went out in the choppy reef surf on 2 of his big boards (10' and 11') and got knocked around a bit while he pointed out landmarks on the shore and mountains.

Here he is standing next to a 15'-4" board that is 30-7/8" wide and weighs 40 lbs. It's styrofoam with epoxy resin. (I saw some spectacular Hawaiian tandem surfing on TV last night.)

I told Andrew about my trouble riding an air mat and he said the really good mats were made by Dale Solomon and called Pneumatic Surfcraft, no longer available. They had, among other things a very roughened up top deck. He gave me a lot of mat riding tips, so I'm gonna give it another try when I get home.

Boy, was it fun to run into a brother native son, and a surfer to boot.

The Poisoning of Hawaiian Soil by GMO and AgriBiz, Part 2

DuPont/pioneer's agribusiness fields above Kauai's westside town of Waimea. More than a hundred residents are party to a lawsuit alleging health problems due to pesticide & herbicide drift.
Photo and caption by Wayne Jacintho
There is intense debate over the effect of the giant corporations such as Dow and Monsanto and the effect that their GMO/chemical/poison activities are having on Hawaiian land, water, people, and other living beings.

One thing that gave me pause was the group of uber environmentalists in my neck of the woods (such as the Environmental Action Committee) who have shut down the sustainable, local, organic Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, and basically seek to curtail any hunting, fishing, and farming on public land

Fresh Local Tropical Fruit in Kapa'a

On east side of highway. Everything this lady sells is fresh and good.

By way of contrast, I ate a banana from my hotel's "continental breakfast" table this morning and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Thinking back, I recall that in Costa Rica, one of the world's big banana producers, the bunches of bananas on the trees are ensconced in blue plastic bags permeated with insecticides. The Ticos call them "condoms."

The bananas from this stand are small and sweet, with an almost citrus-like tang.

Rambutan fruits. (Not prickly, but soft on the exterior.) Inside is a tangy gelatinous fruit around a large seed.

Tacos on Wheels in Kapȃȃ

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma": You Know That Cheap Beef You Buy At Costco?

Guest editorial by Wayne Jacintho* posted in The Garden Island newspaper July 29, 2013: 

Kauai’s chemical companies (seed farmers) like to tell us they’re feeding the world. Using poisons and genetic engineering, they’ve helped give us an Everest of cheap federally subsidized corn that is fed to cattle, which gives us cheap beef. Since looking into this feeding of grain to a grass-eater, I no longer eat cheap beef. I buy local, and I’d like to tell you why.

My story begins with Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” a book about three sources of meals: American Agribusiness, organic farms, and hunting/gathering. In chapter 4, “The Feedlot”, Pollan purchases an eight-month-old steer in South Dakota and follows his steer to a feedlot in Kansas where it will be fattened for slaughter. He smells the lot’s stench more than a mile before seeing: 37,000 cattle, a hundred or so per pen, standing or lying in a gray slurry of feces, urine and mud, as far as the eye can see.

His steer will exist briefly in this place so different from a farm or ranch that a new name had to be invented: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, which could not exist without corn that cost CAFOs less to buy than it does to grow, corn that has “found its way into the diet of [cattle] that never used to eat much of it … In their short history, CAFOs have produced more than their share … of polluted water and air, toxic wastes [and] novel and deadly pathogens” and a waste pollution problem “which seldom is remedied at all.”

Bruddah Iz

Da Gospel For Da Bruddahs

I found this book in The Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe and it looked authentic. It was put together by a team of 26 native speakers of Hawaiian Pidgin—their interpretation of the bible for speakers of Hawaiian Pidgin who find the king's English bible difficult to understand. Below is a page and an excerpt:

John 3:16: God wen get so plenny love an aloha for da peopo inside da world, dat he wen send me, his one an ony Boy, so dat everybody dat trus me no get cut off from God, but get da real kine life dat stay to da max foeva. You know, God neva send me, his Boy, inside da world for punish da peopo. He wen send me fo take da peopo outqa da bad kine stuff dey doing."

California Dreamin' by Diana Krall

Diana Krall's new album Wallflower is beautiful. Here are 2 songs:

California Dreamin' by Diana Krall - www.musicasparabaixar.org on Grooveshark

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word by Diana Krall - www.musicasparabaixar.org on Grooveshark

Another Design For Small Home

On a grassy hillside in southwest Kauai. Note simple awnings that keep rain, glare off windows.

Perfect Design For Small Home


Come to think of it, I might do a series of photos of elegant proportion: barns, farm buildings, modest homes, commercial buildings, public buildings…I'm always on the lookout.

My favorite definition of architecture: "…the art and science of building." Too bad so few architects are builders.

Dog house is in Kapaa, Kauai.

Joy and Sadness for the Peripatetic Voyager

When I'm on the road, I fluctuate between giddy delight and morose depression.
"Best day of my life."
"I'm so homesick."
One day will be the sweet spot in time* when it all comes together: the right people, places, climate, food, feng shui…Another day I don't know where I'm going to stay, where I'll eat, what I'll do. The volatility of it all.
Yesterday was a good one. I came back to Kapaa from the south, went to a yoga class that was perfect for this body, which has had long and hard usage, then hung out with some wonderful people in the afternoon. Swimming at Anini Beach, beautiful sandy bay inside a reef, got $95 hotel room at the Kauai Shores, which I really like, then good dinner (camorones mojo de ago) at Mariachi's (there's a real chef at work here), watched the sun rise from the beach this morning, now having fine latte, warm cinnamon roll and savvy wi-fi at Java Kai…
During the down periods I try to let serendipity take over. Valleys often followed by peaks. The best is often unplanned. The grand sequenter…

*The Sweet Spot in Time, by John Jerome is about that moment in sports when everything comes together. The 85-yard punt return, surfing on a day when the water's warm, the waves perfect…I read it years ago and thought it applied to life in general.