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Hawaii_airfare_one_way_Alaska_flightsAlaska Airlines today announced a limited time airfare sale on one-way flights between four Hawaiian Islands and multiple U.S. Mainland west coast and Alaska cities the carrier serves, for as low as $159.

The discounted deals include direct flights to Honolulu on Oahu, Kahului on Maui, Lihue on Kauai and Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. You’ll have to act fast, though.

Tickets must be purchased by Wed., March 9, 2011.

As you might expect, seats and travel dates are limited.

Among the one-way fare deals Alaska Airlines is posting on its website:

• Bellingham, Wash. – Honolulu, Oahu     $159

• Oakland, Calif. – Lihue, Kauai    $169

• San Jose, Calif. – Lihue, Kauai    $169

• San Jose, Calif. – Kailua-Kona, Big Island         $189

• San Diego, Calif. – Kahului, Maui    $199

• San Jose, Calif. – Kahului, Maui    $189

• San Diego, Calif. – Kahului, Maui        $199

• Anchorage, Alaska – Honolulu, Oahu    $259

• Fairbanks, Alaska – Honolulu, Oahu    $279

For reservations, ticket purchase, terms, conditions and blackout dates, visit Alaska Airlines’ “Hawaii on Sale” airfare web page, or call (800) 252-7522.
 
Photo of Waimea Canyon, Kauai: Wikipedia Commons
 

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“Air raid Pearl Harbor. This is no drill.”

Those were the first words broadcast from the Ford Island Field Control Tower at Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, as hundreds of Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes attacked the Oahu naval base.

For nearly seven decades, the historic landmark has stood guard over Pearl Harbor and Ford Island, 441 acres of land situated in the harbor’s East Loch. And over the years, the control tower, which is located near the hangers that now house the Pacific Aviation Museum, has been slowly deteriorating.

The tower’s steel stairs, landings, ladders, beams and other areas are experiencing severe corrosion and, in some areas, need complete removal and replacing. Visitors are not allowed in the tower or its former operations building, which once housed an aerological center and observation deck.

The first step in reversing the tower’s decades-long decay was taken this morning with the official launch of a stabilization and restoration project aimed at keeping the tower standing tall on the Pearl Harbor skyline for years to come.

Kickstarting the project is a recent $3.8 million allocation from the Department of Defense. The Pacific Aviation Museum is seeking donations from supporters to help fund the remainder of the tower’s estimated $7.5 million restoration.

Construction of the 158-foot control tower began in early 1941. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the tower structure had been completed without a portion of the platform on the top. Of the more than 70 aircraft on the ground at Ford Island on the morning of the attack, 33 were destroyed. Despite this, the Ford Island air base remained operational throughout the attack. The base was officially deactivated in 1962.

For more information about the tower or to support its restoration, visit the Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island, www.pacificaviationmuseum.org
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Photo: Pacific Aviation Museum
 

guide_Eat_the_Street_food_truck_rallyOn a warm winter evening last month, more than 1,000 hungry Honoluluans converged in a small parking lot near Ala Moana Center to sample some of the city’s best food truck cuisine.

The event, dubbed Eat The Street, wound up a wildly successful first-time-for-Honolulu venture, thanks, in part, to social media sites like Twitter and the cadre of food trucks that embraced the idea.

People, many of them just off work, braved long lines and virtually zero parking to check out the city’s brand new food truck and street food rally and, of course, indulge in everything from Mexican and Korean tacos to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Hawaiian plate lunches, cupcakes and soul food.

Demand for a second rally was so fervent that event organizer Poni Askew decided to take the event monthly. And if you’re on Oahu this Friday evening, with no dinner plans, you’re in luck.

The second Eat the Street food truck and street food rally is happening from 5 to 9 p.m., Feb. 25, at the 555 South Street parking lot, near Restaurant Row in Kakaako.

“You can again taste all the food trucks in one place, at one time, in the evening and in a relaxed environment,” says Askew. “What could be better than that?”

guide_Eat_the_Street_food_truck_rallyThis month’s Eat the Street will boast double the amount of food trucks on quadruple the amount of space—a four-acre parking lot will hopefully offer attendees more room to move. You can also expect a few of the mobile vendors—such as uber-popular Melt Honolulu, which serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches—to unveil new menu items specifically for the event.

A tip about the bigger spread for Eat the Street part deux, tho, from a veteran of last month’s event: As with any event drawing a 1,000-plus crowd, a larger venue doesn’t necessarily translate into shorter lines at the food trucks.

My advice? Get there early and plan your food truck attack ahead of time.

Check out the list of Eat the Street vendors at the end of this post, and check out their websites. Peruse their food offerings and prioritize. Follow their Twitter feeds for updates. The more popular trucks — Gogi Korean Tacos, Melt Honolulu, T.A.S.T.E., Soul Patrol— will likely have longer lines, so hit those first.

Most importantly, however, don’t wait too long in lines at trucks whose food you want to sample. At last month’s Eat the Street, a few trucks sold out before the event was over. Move around, or better yet, bring a group of friends and divide your attack on the food trucks so everyone gets a piece of a the food action.

Trust us. You won’t be disappointed.
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Eat the Street, part deux, participating food trucks (with Twitter handles) :

• 4 Caterers
• Aloha Ice Cream Tricycles
• The Cafe Truck (@CafeTruck)
• Camille’s on Wheels (@camillesonwheel)
• Dixie Grill (@DixieGrill)
• Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods (@ElenasFilipino)
• Fairy Cakes Hawaii
• Gogi Korean Tacos (@EatGogi)
• Hawaii Hot Dogs
• Jawaiian Irie Jerk
• Kakaako Kool (@KakaakoKool)
• Le Crepe Cafe
• Let Them Eat Cupcakes (@LTEatCupcakes)
• Lickety Split
• Malia’s Pasteles and Poke
• Melt Honolulu (@meltHNL)
• Ono to Go
• Soul Patrol (@pacificsoul)
• Stacy’s LauLau and Grindz
• T.A.S.T.E.
• Tacos Vicente
• Whys Catering
• Xtreme Tacos (@xtremetacos)
• Yelp (@yelphawaii) — (non-food)
• Zsoli’s Chimney Cake Hawaii (@ChimneyCakes)

For more information on Eat the Street, visit the website of event organizer www.streetgrindz.com
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Photos: Catherine E. Toth
 
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and_the_winner_Oahu_Honolulu_Festival_vacation_isCongratulations to Lisa Pruszewski of Chicago, Illinois. And get ready for some warm weather!

Lisa was the big winner of our 2011 Honolulu Festival Oahu Vacation Getaway contest. Her prize?

• Two round-trip tickets on Hawaiian Airlines to Oahu.

• A four-night stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

• Two tickets to the 2011 Honolulu Festival’s Friendship Gala on March 12.

• Two VIP seats at the Honolulu Festival’s Waikiki Grand Parade on March 13.

Thousands entered the contest through our Facebook and Twitter pages, and via subscriptions to HAWAII Magazine over five weeks last month and this month. But when all was said and done, it was Lisa’s name that was drawn randomly from all contest entries to win the prize. (In case you're wondering, she entered via our Facebook page.)

Lisa admitted being beyond surprised when she opened her Facebook account last Friday evening and found a message from HAWAII Magazine indicating that she had won the big prize. She almost didn’t believe the message was legit. Almost.

“I was at home in my office, staring at your message and thinking, ‘Is this for real?’” recalled Lisa, reached by phone yesterday. “Then my husband walked by and I’m, like, ‘Come look at this. You need to read this!’ I was just shocked that I had won such a great prize. It took a few minutes to sink in. It was definitely a happy surprise.”

The temperature in Chicago was holding at 25F after an evening of snow flurries when we spoke. But Lisa was happy she was headed our way for more than just warm weather. Lisa and her husband Daniel (both pictured, above) will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary on the day they depart for Honolulu, March 10.

“The timing for this couldn’t have been better,” said Lisa. “And both of us have never been to Hawaii, but have always wanted to go since we’ve been married. We’ve just never had a chance. So this is our chance.”

“I can’t wait for warm weather!”

and_the_winner_Oahu_Honolulu_Festival_vacation_isOnce on Oahu, Lisa and Daniel will attend the 2011 Honolulu Festival, happening March 11, 12 and 13. The festival is a celebration of music, art and culture aimed at perpetuating the strong cultural and ethnic ties between Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. Themed “Pacific Harmony,” this year’s festival will feature arts and cultural displays and live performances from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Tahiti, Alaska and Hawaii.

The festival will conclude with a grand parade along Kalakaua Avenue and, for the first time, a huge Nagaoka Fireworks Show over the beaches in Waikiki.

Mahalo to everyone in our HAWAII Magazine reader ohana who entered our 2011 Honolulu Festival Oahu Vacation Getaway contest. And a grateful mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Honolulu Festival for the wonderful prize package for our contest winner!

Congratulations, once again, Lisa and Daniel! Stay warm until you leave Chicago. Have a great time on Oahu!

Photo courtesy: Lisa and Daniel Pruszewski
 

Hungry in Waimea? Here's the all-locally-sourced Big Island burger you have to try.



Big_Island_burger_Waimea_HawaiiSay you’re at the top of your profession as a Hawaii hotel chef. You’ve cooked at Waikiki’s famed Halekulani and done a stint in San Francisco during the food revolution of the ’80s.

At the Lodge at Koele on Lanai, you’ve won the “triple crown” from Zagat. That is, the guide rates your restaurant tops in Hawaii for ambiance, for service and for food.

Throw in a few more accolades at Lanai’s Manele Bay, then a stint as executive chef overseeing five restaurants at the Big Island’s posh Mauna Lani Bay Resort.

What do you do next?

If you’re chef Edwin Goto, you open a hamburger stand. An almost microscopic eatery at the Parker Ranch Shopping Center on the Big Island.

“What do you think?” says Goto, who’s in an apron behind the counter when I arrive. “Sort of humble, isn’t it?”

Goto has spent his entire career staying humble. He can cook as well as anyone in the country. From Koele, I still remember his peppered loin of fresh venison and his three-color potato salad with salmon he smoked over pineapple bran. I still drool over the memory of his clear consommé with truffles and crab ravioli at Manele.

I once asked him why he didn’t become a celebrity chef. He claimed he couldn’t, that he was “a social idiot, a real backyard kind of guy.” He’d moved to the Big Island so he could spend his social time talking to ranchers and farmers. “They’re the most honest people in the world.”

Those talks resulted, apparently, in burgers. Goto (pictured, below) noticed that people could drive through Big Island ranching country, see cattle grazing, yet not be able to find Big Island beef, except perhaps as an occasional entrée on a high-end resort menu.

Goto’s Village Burgers serves up patties of pasture-raised Big Island beef, antibiotic  and hormone free, select cuts of which Goto personally grinds and hand-shapes daily. You can even get burgers made of Wagyu beef raised by Kahua Ranch, just 20 minutes up the mountain, and of difficult-to-find Hawaiian Red Veal.

Big_Island_burger_Waimea_HawaiiIn addition, there’s an Asian-style ahi burger, Goto’s answer to the Filet-o-Fish sandwich. For vegetarians, there’s a patty made with Hamakua mushrooms, raised about a 40-minute drive away along the Big Island’s northern coast.

Most of the stuff you can get atop the burger—lettuce, tomato marmalade, avocado, goat cheese and Goto’s slow-cooked onions—is raised within a couple of miles of the restaurant. The buns are from Holy’s Bakery, founded in the nearby small town of Kapaau by a Japanese family called Hori. Nobody could pronounce their name, so they renamed the bakery Holy’s.

There’s nothing fancy about Goto’s burgers, served on wax paper.  There are only a few seats inside and outside the restaurant. Nothing fancy until you bite into a burger, and taste its rich, bright beef flavors, juicy, not greasy. Suddenly, all the talk about eating natural, locally sourced foods begins to make sense.

There’s not much else on the menu, though you wouldn’t want to skip the fries covered with what Goto calls, in an outburst of honesty, Parmesan Goop.

Just when I thought I was finished, Goto came over with cups in his hand. “Try these,” he said. Milkshakes with ice cream from Tropical Dreams, a creamery located all of a mile away. Big, thick, rich shakes. “People ask how I can charge $6 for a milkshake,” says Goto. “I’m not going to sell anyone a milkshake that doesn’t have a lot of real ice cream in it.”

He darts back behind the counter, where he hangs out 10 or 11 hours a day. “What’s it like running a tiny burger joint after supervising five major hotel kitchens?” I ask.

“You know, there’s one big difference,” he says. “At the end of day, I feel like I’ve really done something. I’ve made a lot of burgers, sold a lot of Big Island product and made some people happy.”

Village Burger, Parker Ranch Shopping Center, 67-1185 Māmalahoa Highway, 
Kamuela, Big Island, (808) 885-7319, www.villageburgerwaimea.com.



(A version of this feature was originally published in the December 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine.)

Photos: Olivier Koning
 
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Whale_Day_Maui_weekendHawaii visitors and residents look forward to the first sighting of humpback whales in our Island waters each November.

Humpback whales — called koholā in Hawaiian — settle in Hawaii’s warm and shallow waters each November through early May to breed, birth and raise their calves. They travel more than 3,000 miles of ocean—from southeastern coastal waters in Alaska—to get here, a journey that takes about two months.

The Maui Whale Festival, in its 31st year, celebrates Hawaii’s annual winter visitors each December through May. Its signature event, however, is Whale Day, happening this Saturday, Feb. 19, at Oceanside Kalama Park in Kihei, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The all-day event includes a Parade of Whales (pictured, middle) through the south shore resort area of Kihei, live entertainment, multiple food booths, a Made-on-Maui market, children’s activities, a silent auction and educational displays. Proceeds from Whale Day will support marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren.
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It’s a terrific family event that attracts thousands annually. If you're on Maui this weekend, you should go.

One of Whale Day’s featured attractions is the Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta (pictured, bottom), Maui’s own version of a rubber duck race. Little rubber whales race on a watercourse, with the sponsor of the winning whale receiving free roundtrip airfare for two between the U.S. Mainland and Maui.

Hawaii musicians performing all day at Whale Day's live music stage include Anuhea (who’s from Maui), Cecilio & Kapono, John Cruz, Marty Dread, The Throwdowns and Maui slack-key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr.

The humpback whale is still on the endangered species list, but efforts to protect them have increased their overall population in recent years. Hawaii’s humpback whale population is estimated to have doubled over the last decade to about 10,000 to 12,000 annually.
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For more than 30 years, Maui Whale Festival and Whale Day organizers the Pacific Whale Foundation has educated more than 3 million Maui residents and visitors about the ocean, as well as established educational whale-watching tours and ocean eco-tourism programs in Hawaii. The foundation works with the international community to promote whale research and protection.

For more information on the Maui Whale Festival—which continues through May 15—and a schedule of upcoming events, click here. For more information on whale-watching activities hosted by the Pacific Whale Foundation, click here.

And be sure to check out HAWAII Magazine's Landlubber's Guide To Whale Watching in the Islands.

Photos: Maui Whale Festival
 

Hawaii_reality_TV_show_Roseanne_BarrNutty? Unshelled?

Many words come to mind to describe a just-announced Lifetime network reality TV show, which will follow comedienne/self-proclaimed domestic goddess Roseanne Barr as she runs a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Honokaa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“I’m coming back down to earth, and keeping it real. They’ve said ‘Roseanne’s nuts’ for years, and now I’m going to make that a reality — I’m all about nuts now, macadamia nuts!” said the Emmy award-winning actress in a press release, issued this week by Lifetime, which will air the half-hour docu-series later this year.

The Big Island-angle isn’t a set up for TV. The ever-colorful Barr has been living on and managing a 46-acre macadamia and livestock farm with her longtime boyfriend Johnny Argent and son Jake for about three years. She has written about her appreciation of Hilo for Entertainment Weekly and occasionally posts photos of her Big Island spread on her website, Roseanne World.

And so far, the Big Island has mostly embraced Barr right back. Hundreds of fans formed a line outside downtown Hilo’s Hairy Monkey Books last Saturday to meet Barr and have her sign copies of her latest book, Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm. Wearing orchid and pikake lei from fans, Barr read a few passages from her book and, by all accounts, seemed very happy to be meeting with her Hilo faithful.

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Honokaa's main drag, Mamane St.-Waipio Road (actually Highway 240), Big Island.

Lifetime has ordered 16 half-hour episodes of Barr’s as-yet-untitled, unscripted reality show, whose press release promised a TV experience “funny, outrageous and unfiltered.”

Barr became a household name with her Emmy Award-winning sitcom, Roseanne, which enjoyed a nine-season run on ABC between 1988 and 1997. In recent years, she has returned to her stand-up comedy roots and launched a writing career. Roseannearchy is her third book.

Honokaa (population: 2,233 in 2000) is the largest of several former sugar plantation towns on the Big Island of Hawaii’s rugged, picturesque Hamakua Coast. If you’ve been to Waipio Valley, you’ve likely passed through Honokaa’s bustling main street to get there. It’s a great small town to explore, and well worth a stop on your next visit.

Who knows? You might even see Barr and family at T. Kaneshiro Store, Honokaa Stop N Shop or grabbing a dozen malasadas at Tex Drive-In.

Honokaa photo: Wikipedia Commons
 

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Lava lake at bottom of eruptive vent on Halemaumau crater floor, Feb. 14. Photo: USGS

Months of fairly quiet eruptive activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have ended in recent days with a series of explosive rock collapses, earthquakes and a rising lava lake at Kilauea Volcano summit’s Halemaumau crater.

Halemaumau crater has been producing a steam and ash plume from an ever-expanding vent in its floor since March 2008. Six months later, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists discovered a lava lake roiling within the vent, deep below the surface of the Halemaumau crater floor.

On Monday, at 8:42 a.m., a large section of rock overhanging the vent collapsed into the lava lake sending an explosive ash plume skyward. A second rock overhang collapsed into the vent a few hours later, producing a similar explosive ash event. These were the largest of five total collapses occurring since Monday.

Click on the two frames below for USGS video of the second and fourth collapses:

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Second of five collapses, Feb. 14. Video: USGS



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Fourth of five collapses, Feb. 14. Video: USGS

Meanwhile, HVO geologists report that the lava lake inside the vent rose to 230 ft. below the floor of Halemaumau crater last night at around 8 p.m. The lake has regularly risen and fallen within the vent since being discovered, but has never overflowed into Halemaumau.

 

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Spam musubi with furikake. Photo by Dawn Sakamoto.

Trust us. You haven’t truly sampled everything Hawaii residents love to eat until you’ve had a Spam musubi.

It’s the perfectly portable Hawaii snack—a slice of fried Spam over a compacted block of sticky white rice, and all of it wrapped with a ribbon of dried nori (seaweed).

There are dozens of versions of this iconic local treat—from musubi topped with deep-fried Spam to teriyaki-marinated Spam and the breakfast combination of Spam and scrambled eggs. In Hawaii, you can find Spam musubi everywhere, from sushi shops and okazu-ya (lunch shops) to convenience stores and beverage carts at golf courses.

How in the world did Spam become part of the Islands’ culinary landscape?

It turns out that Hawaii residents were first introduced to the pink canned meat product during World War II when fresh meat was scarce in our isolated islands. In the years that followed, residents would come up with countless homestyle recipes utilizing Spam, but Spam musubi is the most enduring.

Since 1937, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods has sold 7 billion cans of Spam worldwide. Currently, 100 million cans are sold in the U.S. every year. Where does Hawaii figure in? Try an average of about six cans per person annually, the equivalent of 5 million pounds a year.

While you can grab a Spam musubi at practically any convenience store in the state, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite places that are well worth the extra effort to find.

Hungry for Spam yet? We are.

OAHU

• Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering is a bit out of the way if you reside in, or are visiting, Honolulu. You’ll have to head about 16 miles west of Waikiki to the Oahu town of Waipahu to find it. But, oh, is Tanioka’s Spam musubi good. A well-seasoned cut of Spam on a generous stack of white rice, barely contained by nori. You can make a meal out of it. Bonus? While you’re there, sample Tanioka’s more than two dozen kinds of poke.

Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering, 94-903 Farrington Highway, Waipahu, (808) 671-3779, www.taniokas.com


Hidden in the Kaimuki area of Honolulu—a couple of miles from Waikiki near Kapiolani Community College—is a little mini-mart that serves up some of the best poke and chicken long rice around. But don’t miss grabbing a couple of Fort Ruger Market’s tasty Spam musubi while there. If you’re not in the mood for Spam, you’ll also find musubi with Portuguese sausage, bacon and egg, mochiko chicken, teriyaki beef or sliced hot dogs. You can even choose your rice: plain white, seasoned with furikake (a Japanese rice condiment), or fried.

Fort Ruger Market, 3585 Alohea Ave., Honolulu, (808) 737-4531


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Upcountry Maui residents know that the island’s best food isn’t always served at trendy restaurants, or even restaurants, period. You’ll also find great eats at places like Pukalani Superette, a neighborhood mom-and-pop—nicknamed “Puk Sup” by regulars. Pukalani Superette offers a great selection of prepared foods—lumpia (filled spring rolls), fried tako (octopus) and chili chicken drumettes, among them—that lures patrons from all over Maui. Its fried Spam musubi is a favorite among residents and visitors to nearby Kula and Haleakala.

Pukalani Superette, 15 Makawao Ave., Pukalani, (808) 572-7616, www.pukalanisuperette.com


BIG ISLAND

You’ll find vendors at the Hilo Farmers Market (locted at the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo) that sell every kind of musubi, from salmon to hot dog to, of course, Spam. But we recommend heading to Kawamoto Store. The store is a hole-in-the-wall okazu-ya that serves everything from cone sushi to shrimp tempura and Korean chicken. But Kawamoto Store also sells one of the best tasting Spam musubis on the Big Island. So good, in fact, that Kawamoto Store often sells out all its Spam musubi before noon. Go early. Go hungry.

Kawamoto Store, 784 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, (808) 935-8209


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Believe it or not, one of the best Spam musubis on the Garden Island is found in a large grocery store—Hawaii-based Foodland Super Market’s Kapaa store. The nori on this one is wrapped entirely around the Spam musubi—not just a ribbon of seaweed across the middle. It’s big. It’s tasty. And it’s less than $2 each.

Foodland Super Market Kapaa, Waipouli Town Center, Kapaa, (808) 822-7271

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A research diver with a cooking pot from the wreck of the 19th century whaling ship Two Brothers, in waters off French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, August 2010. Photo: NOAA/Greg McFall

Most have heard of—if not actually read, without the added push of a American Literature assignment—the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The 1851 literary classic spins the tale of revenge-minded Captain Ahab and his search for the savage white sperm whale that destroyed his boat and bit off his leg.

This novel was inspired by the real-life events of Nantucket whaler George Pollard Jr., whose boat, the Essex, was battered and sunk by an angry sperm whale in 1820. Pollard survived and went on to captain another whaling vessel, the Two Brothers, but his run of bad fortune on water, unfortunately, didn't end with the Essex. On Feb. 11, 1823, the Two Brothers ran into a reef while sailing the northwestern Hawaiian Islands and sank, ending Pollard’s days as a whaler captain for good.

In the two centuries since it went down, the wreck of the Two Brothers was never found … until recently.

Researchers today announced that marine archaeologists last year finally found the wreck site of the Two Brothers in the remote atoll French Frigate Shoals, 600 miles northwest of Honolulu. The atoll is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a conservation area that covers nearly 140,000 square miles of ocean northwest of Hawaii.

The Two Brothers went down in waters 10 to 15 feet deep, in reefs that were a graveyard for many whaling ships of the era. Three other 19th century whaling ships were wrecked at French Frigate Shoals, and dozens more at Papahanaumokuakea’s many other atolls during Hawaii’s whaling heydays.

Hawaii’s warm ocean waters had disintegrated most of the wooden whaling ship. But researchers found harpoon tips, whaling lances, cast iron cooking pots, large cauldrons in which whalers used to turn whale blubber into oil, and three intact anchors.

Artifacts from the Two Brothers will go on display at the marine monument’s Discovery Center in Hilo and, possibly, Pollard’s homeport in Nantucket.

To read more about the discovery of the wreck of the Two Brothers and the history of the vessel, visit the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument website.
 
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