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December 05, 2012


Henry Kilkenny Chapin

Your reasons for not going on the Nation Cruise seemed to be unrelated to the fact that you love the cruise. Maybe next year.

For me, I have been just too tired and have too many things going on to countenance a long flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


In my case wanting to go on it but wanting to do other things more. As you say maybe next year.


Does the Big Island have desalinization plant for water in case you get a longer drought? Or is that freshwater lens sufficient?


Joared: We don't have a a desalilnization plant. Believe it or not, we are in a drought situation now, with parts of the island having received no significant rainfall for months or even years. But there seems to be ample water under the island. I had never heard of an island wide drought. Maybe Brandon can answer that question.


Oh, I should explain that rainfalls varies greatly in various parts of the island. It's about 120 inches a year where we live, but some areas get only 5 inches a year!


I don't know if there has ever been an island-wide drought on the Big Island, partly because the island is so large and partly because Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa act as barriers between the eastern and western halves of the island, keeping moisture on our side. According to this, though:

"The most severe drought on record came in 1953-54, when for 17 consecutive months it did not rain at Kawaihae Bay on the island of Hawaii (U.S. Dept. Interior, 1960b, p. 3)."

Geological Survey water-supply paper, Volume 1800

You also might find this useful:

Specifically, http://pubs.usgs.gov/misc/stearns/Hawaii.pdf
(although a PDF search for the word "drought" turned up nothing, it has excellent information on the watershed of this island).

There might be more information in Stearns's Geology of the Hawaiian Islands, but it's not fully searchable in Google Books.

naomi dagen bloom

Your "icky," my "that's something I'd like to see, take pictures." Whatever.

Today caught up on recent copies of The Nation. Read about Oliver Stone's new writing and thought, "Perhaps Marianna was right in what she wrote--and I thought was off the rails." See: some of us need a "higher" authority. Or additional input.


Noami: Well, it looks much better with the water cascading down.
And I'm working on a fuller review of the Stone/Kuznick book, which is a cognitive strain. Just for one example, I have to acknowledge that Obama is a weak president. At the same time, I'm thinking better a weak president than a strong one. Yikes. It's difficult to think these things out.

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