Daily Archives: 19 December 2005

War Declared on Winter Solstice?

In a way, they are right.

There is a war on the winter solstice
.

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Cutting Stone

On a lighter note, a high tech ground penetrating radar
was used to scan the foundation of the Hawaii Supreme Court
building where I work. The radar was used to find a hollowed
out

time capsule cornerstone

that was set by King Kamehameha V,
a
Freemason
, in 1872. Although accounts of the day noted the laying of
the capsule, and its contents, it was unclear exactly where
it was placed. But using the radar, a geologist found it in
about 10 minutes, surprising everyone as to how quickly it
was found. Plans are to lay a commemorative plaque to mark
the location of the capsule (which will be left sealed).

As an aside, King Kamehameha V died 10 months after laying
the stone capsule. He passed on his birthday at the age of
42. It is not clear as to what he died of but it may have
been heart or kidney disease. He was the last direct
descendant of King Kamehameha I, the first king to rule over
and unite all the Hawaiian Islands.

Getting Wood

Hmmm, the sweet smell of ceder fills the air as strong
hands shape the wood. Sand paper meets timber as it slowly
reveals the form within. Then, after two weeks of hard work,
the wood is sealed in six to eight coats of epoxy to keep the
water from ruining the board. The hollow core wooden surf
board, that is.

Although Hawaiians, who invented surfing, originally used
solid core wood surfboards, almost no one now uses wooden
boards.
Except
for these guys.

A company in far off Maine called
Grain
Surfboards

is making wooden surfboards and charging people $1,500 USD
to buy one. Although cost is a disadvantage to using a wooden
surfboard, the surfers buying these board say the “wooden
boards handle like a dream, absorbing the jolts and bumps of
the waves to create a ride as smooth as silk.” YMMV. Use at
your own risk. Watch out for splinters.


Aloha!