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Hawaiian Monk Seal 1453 viewsKnown to the native Hawaiians as ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua, or "dog that runs in rough water". Its common name derives from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that it lives a solitary existence relative to other species that collect in large colonies. When they come up to shore, the locals place ropes around them to keep people at a safe distance.Apr 15, 2010
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View From The Balcony451 viewsThis is the view from our second story balcony. It was a wonderful place to sit and relax in the evening listening to the surf roll in.Apr 14, 2010
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Room With A View452 viewsThe Kiahuna Plantation & the Beach Bungalows is a series of small 2 story bungalows that house from 2 to 6 units depending on how many bedrooms. Our second story one bedroom was very nice.Apr 14, 2010
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Waimea Canyon Lookout450 viewsWe had to do a LITTLE of the touristy stuff. And, take the obligatory tourist photo. Only thing missing here is the Star News (you have to be a Star News subscriber to get that).Apr 14, 2010
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Waimea Canyon452 viewsWaimea Canyon, also known as the Grand canyon of the Pacific, is approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River which is fed from the extreme rainfall on the island's central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Mount Waiʻaleʻale is among the wettest places on earth.

Apr 14, 2010
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Station Fire 21284 viewsEarly morning hours of Saturday the 29th. Temperature was 77 Degrees at 1:36am. Humidity was 15% with 3MPH Winds from the NE. Smoke was blowing back down on us. The Station Fire went on to burn uncontrolled for weeks and consumed more than 250 Square Miles. Jan 06, 2010
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Station Fire 31785 viewsSaturday August 29, the Temperature was 78 Degrees at 9:36PM. Humidity was only 12% and Winds were calm. The Star Of Palawoo can be seen on the right giving nervous residents a glimmer of hope.Jan 06, 2010
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Rainbow1430 viewsAltadena Weathercam captured a Rainbow this afternoon as a cold winter storm blew through the area. Only 0.91 inches of rain but temperatures are supposed to go real low tonight and snow level could drop to 1500 feet.Dec 08, 2009
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Station Fire 11499 viewsImage captured on 8/28/09 4:36pm. The Station Fire which started along Angeles Crest Highway on 8/26 had now wroked it's way East. In this image the fire is racing up the back side of Brown Mountain. Temperature was 97 Degrees and Humidity was 10% with winds 2MPH out of the SSW.

Sep 14, 2009
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Pyrocumulus643 viewsWhile I'm not sure this word exists in a Dictionary, it is used commonly used when talking about fires or volcanic eruptions. It is caused by the hot air and smoke combining with the moisture which induces a convection which carries the smoke and ash up to altitudes of 20,000 feet or more.Sep 11, 2009
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Thank You673 viewsSigns of appreciation, like this one at the top of Lake Avenue, were popping up all over the place. Whether it was here at the entrance to the Sam Merrill Trail, or on someone's wall or fence, homemade signs thanking the Firefighters and First Responders were visible everywhere.Sep 11, 2009
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Skycrane624 viewsThe Sikorsky "Skycrane" was originally designed for the military. It has interchangeable pods for a variety of uses. We were particularly interested in the water tank pod today. It can hold 2,650 Gallons of water and you see it here, dumping all 2,650 Gallons on the fire as it moves up Sunset Ridge.Sep 04, 2009
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