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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2003

The beach: It's more than just fun and sun

Advertiser Staff and News Services

In Hawai'i, we have always known that the beach is a healing place, a life-changing place, a source of wisdom and peace, enjoyment and sustenance. Two new mini-books take off on this idea in different ways:
  • "Beach Wisdom, Life Lessons from the Ocean" by Elizabeth Baskin and Keith Bennett (Andrews McMeel, $9.95), is a series of one-liners, with photographs to match, that apply beach ideas to life in general. ("Go in the water, even if it's cold." "The shells you find are the ones meant for you.")
  • "A Week at the Beach, 100 Life-Changing Things You Can Do By the Seashore" by Jim and Joanne Hubal (Marlowe & Co., $13.95) is a series of activities designed to "harness the power of the beach experience to rejuvenate, inspire, relax, challenge and delight" — good to take along if you're vacationing with easily bored children or grandchildren.

Poets go to battle tonight at Borders

It's a poetry jam, poetry slam, poetry spam tonight when 20 local writers gather to read and compete in Planny Planny Poets 2, 7:30 p.m. at Borders, Ward Centre. The free event features Da Legion of Super Poets: Protectors of Poetic Expression teaming up with Super Heroes of da Spoken Word battling against the forces of C.L.I.C.H.E. (the Cartel of Lexicon Infused w/ Commonplace Hackneyed Evil). And, yes, Lee Tonouchi, Da Pidgin Guerrilla, and his Hybolics magazine is behind all this.

Participants also include Jesse Lipman, Katana, Kealoha, Dorothy Mane, Susan Schultz, Juliana Spahr, Jhoanna Calma Salazar, Tracee Lee, Brenda Kwon, Nam Ngyuen, Travis Quezon, Carrie Y. Takahata, Malie T. Chong, Ann Iwashita, Jon Cannella, Demetrius Guerrero, Tia Berger, Normie Salvador and Tony Quagliano. Questions? Call Tonouchi at 366-1272 or write to hybolics@lava.net.

'Joshua,' 'Kayla' still most popular names

For the second year running, "Joshua" and "Kayla" are the most popular baby names in Hawai'i.

"Elijah" and "Madison" have dropped from our state's top five, but "Justin" and "Ashley" are in.

Nationally, "Jacob" and "Emily" have become entrenched atop the list, according to the Social Security Administration, which just released the 2002 ranking. "Emily" has been the most popular name for girls in the United States since 1996. Before that, it was "Jessica," which topped the list from 1989 to 1995. Meanwhile, "Jacob" has been the top boys' name since 1999. Before that, it was "Michael," the most popular name from 1964 to 1998.