Posts Tagged ‘beach’

808 State: Presenting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the “Pink Palace” What Used to be the Tallest Hotel in Waikiki

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

I don’t know what it costs to stay here, maybe $500 per night? But no matter, you can always just pass through the lobby to check it out the next time you visit the 808 State.

See? It looks different, huh? 

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So, it’s less pink than before, but still pretty pink. Here’s your view from the tower you can see on the right.

Oh, and then continue your tour by getting some umbrella drinks at the Halekulani Hotel‘s House Without a Key.

Then you’ll truly be kicking it old-school, Hawaiian-style.

808 State: Hawaii’s Kaena Point is Where the North Shore Ends – Circumnavigating Oahu is Only Possible on Foot

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Well here you go, you’ve already passed through the famous parts of the North Shore of Oahu, but you keep heading west until the semi-paved road turns to this, in Kaena Point State Park:

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Here’s the birds-eye view, with the North Shore on the left side of the photo.

Alls that’s left to do is to hop out of your rental and then walk a few miles to go ’round the point by foot, why not?

After all, “Kaʻena Point is the “jumping-off” point for souls leaving this world.”

Put this one on your bucket list:

Kaʻena or Kaena Point is the westernmost tip of land on the island of Oʻahu. The point can be reached by foot from both the West (Waiʻanae Coast) and the East (Mokulēʻia) coastlines; walking in from the north side is recommended. An unimproved track extends some 3 miles (4.8 km) along the coast from the end of the paved road on the north side, where a gate prevents entry of all except authorized vehicles.

On the south side, at Kaʻena State Park, a paved road passes a beach before terminating into an unpaved road. It continues for a few miles, after which the road is washed out, and further travel must be on foot. It is not possible to travel around the point in a vehicle as the route is better described as a “path” in most places, and is lined on one side with a cliff and on the other with basalt rocks which are quite capable of damaging vehicles. The path is completely washed out in one place on the South side of the point and a rope helps hikers traverse the gap.

Aloha!

Fishermans Wharf Parking Lot St. Francis Loves You Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis Much!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Parking lot, Fishermans Wharf, Beach and Taylor:

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Is this the statue that Angela Alioto wants to move to North Beach to be a part of a City-sanctioned Catholic shrine on Vallejo?

I think so.

Catholicism, catch it!

Via Coastodian.Org, Images of the Killer Whale that Washed Up on a Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Coastodian, run by Richard James* up in Marin County, has some shots of the killer whale that recently washed up at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Click on over to see all the photos.

Orca at Point Reyes Beach – ©Richard James Photography 

*Who has a campaign against plastic bottles.

Photographer Alex Mizuno Goes the Extra Mile at Marshall Beach – Getting All Wet Near the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Well first it was all like this, but then it was all like this.

That’s a photographer with all his equipment down there in the briny waters of four-star-Yelp-rated Marshall Beach:

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Let’s be careful out there…

Former District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin Owns Current District 3 Supervisor David Chiu at SFPD Presser

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

(So, you still can’t upload ten-minute-plus videos to YouTube? News to me.)

Anyway, last night’s SFPD Community Meeting on Broadway featured Supervisor David Chiu second-guessing the split-second actions of the SFPD and laundry-listing his obliquely-related legislation, pretty much. Oh, and also Aaron Peskin, who sounded like he knows what he’s talking about.

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IMO, David Chiu looked like the Man from Mars, plopped down into North Beach.

Give me a chance to get (or find) something online so I can tell you about this.

TECH N9NE vs. TEC-9: Check Out This Billboard in North Beach, Where Machine Pistols Roam

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This is the machine pistol the SFPD just took away from a drug dealer on Broadway near Columbus Saturday morning:

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And this is a small billboard for rapper TECH N9NE a couple blocks away near Stockton:

(And last night’s SFPD press conference was one block further up Broadway…)

I can’t imagine it makes sense to carry a TEC-9 around the Streets of San Francisco, so I’m forced to conclude that people get them because the name sounds bad-ass.

The name sounds bad-ass owing to the 101 California shootings of 1993 - that’s when this gun took off, fame-wise.

(Here’s your TEC-9 hard at work.)

Anyway, I think we probably have too many of these items on the streets, just saying…

For Some Reason, the SFPD Feels the Need for a Community Meeting in North Beach Monday Night Re: Recent Shooting

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I don’t know, is this a bad thing when the SFPD bags a wild-eyed pistol* waver, who aint afraid to die without anyone getting killed?

No matter, they’re having a meeting about Saturday morning’s shooting on Monday night, September 19th, 2011. (Is there a “community” what’s upset or something? Not sure.)

Hey, maybe BART can do one of these meetings a few days after they kill their next passenger? There’s an idea…

All the deets:

“SFPD Involved in Officer Involved Shooting
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On September 17, 2011 at 2:16 AM, San Francisco Police Officers were involved in a shooting on the 400 block of Broadway.

Officers were working a uniformed foot-beat assignment near Broadway and Kearny when they detained a person they believed matched the description of a wanted suspect and whom they believed was engaged in a narcotics transaction.

After a brief contact with the officers, the suspect fled on foot. While being pursued by officer’s the suspect reached into his waist area, pulled out a “machine pistol” type of firearm fully loaded with one round in the chamber and twenty-one rounds in the magazine and pointed it at one of the officers. The officer discharged his firearm once at the suspect. The suspect dropped his firearm and was taken into custody.

The suspect was not hit by the officer’s bullet. However, an adult male and an adult female bystander were struck. The male bystander suffered a gunshot wound to the lower left leg and the female bystander sustained a wound to the upper right thigh. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital where they were treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

The Broadway Corridor is a popular nightlife and entertainment district heavily populated on weekend nights. While it is still unclear why the suspect was armed, the presence of such a weapon, and his willingness to point it at uniformed police officers, made him a significant threat to the public as well as the officers.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Paredes Rodriguez, age 20, of San Pablo, California. He is currently being held in San Francisco County Jail for assault charges and weapons violations.

This incident is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Homicide Detail, which investigates all officer involved shootings, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the Internal Affairs Division (Officer Involved Shooting Team) and the Office of Citizen’s Complaints.

A community meeting will be held at the Jean Parker Elementary School, located at 840 Broadway on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:30PM.”

Se you there, maybe.

* “Machine pistol,” really? Make? Model? I gots to know. I hope it was a Micro Uzi – that’d make an impressive show-and-tell prop at a press conference. Here’s one used for fishing, to show you what it’s like.

Know Better Your Marin County: Nuclear-Capable Hill 88 Plus the West, Middle, and East Peaks of Mount Tamalpais

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

How many hills do you know of what come with their own Yelp entry?

You ought to get on up there sometime to check it out:

Hill 88 is a wild ghost town in the sky, hidden way up high in the Marin Headlands. It’s on Wolf Ridge, between Fort Cronkhite/Rodeo Beach and Tennessee Valley. You can barely see it from below, and it’s nothing like most of the old little rusty lifeless bunker sites. This is a crazy Cold War mega-complex teeming with tons of crows dancing in the whipping wind above huge expanses of the bay and SF. It’s part of the old Nike Missile program, officially SF-88C. Was apparently the radar and control center (aka the IFC, or Integrated Fire Control area) of the Nike Missile launch site that’s further down the hill to the east.”

So, those are some of the remnants of Project Nike on top of now-flattened Hill 88 in the foreground along with the three peaks of Mount Tam (with the West Peak also flattened by the Air Force) in the background.

As seen from San Francisco:

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Now, you Know Better Your Marin County.

West Bay Update: The New Beachside Restaurant (Formerly the C&M Bar) Hasn’t Opened Yet, But It’s Fitting In Already

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This new old-looking sign is now up, so one can only conclude that the closed C&M Bar is about to reopen as Beachside at 4300 Judah, way out there on 48th Avenue:

Via Mike Billings 

See? Looks as if it’s been there forever.

GrubStreet has all the the deets that are to be had at this point.

Here’s the reverse angle next to the N Judah turnaround:

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Bon courage, Beachside!