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Goodbye, Mr. Checkers……

Sad news for those who grew up or lived in Hawaii.

Jim Demarest, who played Mr. Checkers on the long-beloved children’s show “Checkers and Pogo” died on Tuesday in Chicago after a long illness – he was 80 years old.

Demarest was the third actor to play Mr. Checkers, filling the role from 1968 to 1979. Mr. Checkers was the father-like figure to the childlike Pogo Poge, played by Morgan White. Mr. Checkers was known for his checkered clothing and black top hat with checkered band – even while out of character, Demarest was known to wear at least one checkered article of clothing.

If you were a child growing up in Hawaii during that time, it was impossible to miss the highly popular children’s afternoon show.

Demarest’s ashes will be returned to Hawaii, where they will be scattered into the ocean.

Goodbye, Mr. Checkers…….and thank you for all the wonderful memories.

Humpback Whales in Hawaii

Humpback Whales are beautiful creatures and can be seen in the waters of Hawaii between the months of November and May. They travel thousands of miles south and west to the warmer waters of Hawaii, where they breed, give birth, and nurse their newborns. Newborns, or calves are about 10-15 feet in length and can weigh up to 3000 pounds.

The Humpbacks got their names due to their arching backs as they go partially airborne, just before taking on a deep dive into the ocean. Here’s a photo of a whale breaching the water just before diving:

Humpback Whale In Waters Off Maui

If you are in Hawaii during their migratory period, chances are you will encounter more than one. The Humpback whale is currently an endangered species – from a population high of between 750,000 to 2 million, only 30- to 40,000 are now believed to exist.

Humpback whales produce a song that can last between fifteen to thrity minutes in length. No one really knows exactly why they sing this song, but that it is a sign of their social community and might be part of their navigation mechanism.

Whale watching boat tours are available on the islands of Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii. The whales are visible from shore, but if you want a sigificantly closer experience, choose a boating tour. In either case, see them if you can while you are visiting Hawaii. You’ll be amazed with their sheer magnificence and grace!

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle or Honu

If you spend time at some of the rural beaches in Hawaii, there is a good chance that you will be able to see the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, called “Honu” in Hawaiian.

The Hawaiian Sea Turtle is a majestic creature, hunted nearly to extinction in modern Hawaii, until it was placed on the Threatened Species list in 1978.

Here is a shot of the turtle, in Hawaiian waters:

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Honu

90% of the the nesting activity for the turtles takes place in the French Frigate Shoals, which is under the National Wildlife and Refuge System, which offers some protection for the species.

We’ve seen the turtles off the Blowhole near Sandy Beach on Oahu, Mokuleia Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, and at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, also on Oahu. They can also be seen off the Kohala Coast in North Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

If you do see them, please do not touch or harass them, as it is illegal…….allow them to enjoy their natural habitat, and you can enjoy them too!

Kona Hawaii Maui Honolulu


You’ve dreamed of travelling to a Pacific Paradise, whether it be Kona, Hawaii, Maui, or Honolulu (Oahu).  Well, we’re going to give you a little taste of the islands…..

Stay tuned for some observations about the state of Hawaii and its many islands.  Find a cool hotel to stay at, things to do, places to see, the rich ethnic diversity to experience, and on, and on, and on!!!

We’ll be travelling to Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.  Hope you join us for the ride!