Max Floats His Boat

Since 1999, an esoteric Buddhist denomination called Shinnyo-en has sponsored a “Lantern Floating” ceremony on Memorial Day to create a moment of reflection and collective compassion and remember those who have passed. The name “Shinnyo-en” means “a borderless garden of the unchanging and real nature of things,” and its principal […]

Max Gets His Art On

Did you ever stop and consider that public art would be much improved by the addition of a Maltese dog? Me neither. But that didn’t stop us from running around the financial and government districts and blending the small white dog into some of our favorite sculptures. We eschewed the more […]

Max Visits The End Of The Road

The Malt was frankly suspicious when informed that today’s jaunt would take him to the end of the road. For a dog who soaks up luxury and leisure pursuits, that sounded a bit too challenging to Max. But after a few rounds of hold-the-cookie-on-your-nose, the wee Furbeast was ready for […]

My $1,000 Toilet Seat

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! You guys giggled about my purchase of this noble throne but the headline of our local paper today proclaims: Hyatt Waikiki’s $100M renovation includes Japanese toilets The story (behind a paywall) goes on to tout the many benefits and attractions of the super flusher. So neener, neener, […]

The Ultimate Meat Meld

It’s official. Hormel Foods will release a new version of Spam exclusively in Hawaii. Yes, we’re talking a Portuguese Sausage-flavored Spam that unites two of the islands’ favorite meat products in one can with an expiration date measured in centuries. Only in Hawaii. Well, that makes sense since Hawaii consumes more […]

Caption This

Max and his Mom went to the park yesterday and I happened to snap the pic shown below. I sent it to the kids and asked for their captions. The responses ranged from “Short Conga Line” to some truly rude comments that the AJF is certain to remember on birthdays and at […]

Max Checks Out The K-Videos

Max the Furbeast decided he wanted to stop by the Pagoda Hotel and see if a fish food treat might be cadged from Uncle Fish. Along the way we passed our favorite Korean video shop and paused to see what new releases were available. The Discovery of Love looked promising. […]

Bombing Lava

The city of Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island sits in the shadow of the world’s largest shield volcano, Mauna Loa. There are many tales about Mauna Loa’s eruptions and the dangers those lava flows posed to the pretty little city by the bay that dates back to about 1100 AD. […]

Max Visits a Heiau

It was a perfect day for a visit to a place of human sacrifice. There were ominous clouds obscuring the mountain tops. A lowering sky, brooding with dark, heavy clouds portended an approaching storm. Today’s destination was the Pu’u o Mahuku heiau. Visitors to Hawaii learn that the Hawaiian word heiau means […]