Hanalei Bay, Hawaii Webcamera

November 21, 2015

Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii.

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Hanalei Bay consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains. In the summer, the bay offers excellent mooring for sailboats, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. During the winter the surf becomes large and is a favorite surf location.

On April 5, 1824, King Kamehameha II’s royal yacht, Pride of Hawaii, sank near the mouth of the Waiʻoli River, on the southwest corner of the bay after its crew struck a 5-foot-deep (1.5 m) reef a hundred yards offshore. It is believed the captain and crew were drunk at the time. A large section of the ship’s hull washed ashore in 1844 in a winter storm surge, but most of this historic wreck remains buried in silt in the bay. In 1995–2000, archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History excavated the wreck and recovered more than 1,200 artifacts. During this excavation, a 40-foot (12 m) section of the stern was discovered, documented, and then re-buried where it was discovered.

Japanese author Haruki Murakami wrote a short story entitled “Hanalei Bay” set in the area. The story is included in the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Hanalei Bay also served as a filming location for the 1958 film South Pacific.

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Castaway Island, Fiji Cam

December 15, 2008

Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited, and 522 islets.

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Pottery excavated from Fijian towns shows that Fiji was settled before or around 1000 BC, although the question of Pacific migration still lingers. The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman visited Fiji in 1643 while looking for the Great Southern Continent.

The population of Fiji is mostly made up of native Fijians, who are Melanesians , although a few also have Polynesian ancestry, and Indo-Fijians . There is also a small but significant group of descendants of indentured labourers from Solomon Islands.

Fijians were described by the Cook expedition as formidable warriors and ferocious cannibals, builders of the finest vessels in the Pacific, but not great sailors.

Mauna Kea Observatories

March 24, 2008

The 4,200 meter high summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii houses the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy. Over a dozen countries have scientific facilities on the summit of the mountain.

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Mauna Kea Web Cams

There is an amazing collection of twenty webcams at the top of this mountain. In addition to being a terrific collection of cameras, this site has an impressive amount of weather data and a wide range of satellite images of the Pacific Ocean region. Thumbnail below will be helpful in identifying the countries involved in this scientific work.

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University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy

Coffee Gallery Webcam

February 21, 2008

Watch customers in a coffee shop located on the north shore in Oahu Hawaii. During daylight hours this shop is quite busy, with an unusual mix of people.

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The Coffee Gallery