5 August 2010
On Tuesday I went with the family to the first round of the 108th Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club. We sat under the trees behind the 9th green and watched dozens of players from around the world pass through. It was fascinating to watch the players go through a course I have played on and caddied through hundreds of times. These were very high level players who frequently made mistakes us mere mortals would make on the greens, reinforcing the perception that the Skokie greens are notoriously difficult. Of course, if they happened to hit a shot off the green into the fringe or the bunker, they popped right out, and had a wonderful shot landing right near the cup.
Following a dinner and drinks Jeffrey and I went out for a bit, then I spent the evening packing in preparation for our trip out to Kaua’i for the wedding of two family friends. I didn’t know a lot about the lovely island, but thankfully we have Wikipedia to provide the following information, all text below is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
But, before you delve into that lovely reading, please take a look at the latest lesson plan I’ve uploaded to Wikiversity as part of the research I’m doing on myself.
below, from Wikipedia
Kauaʻi or Kauai, known as Tauaʻi in the ancient Kauai dialect is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles (1,456.4 km2), it is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago and the 21st largest island in the United States. Known also as the “Garden Isle”, Kauaʻi lies 105 miles (170 km) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. This island is the site of Waimea Canyon State Park.
Etymology and language
There is no known meaning behind the name of Kauaʻi. Native Hawaiian tradition indicates the name’s origin in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa — the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Kauaʻi after a favorite son; therefore a possible translation of Kauaʻi is “place around the neck”, meaning how a father would carry a favorite child. Another possible translation is “food season.”
The island of Kauaʻi has been featured in more than seventy Hollywood movies and television shows, including the musical South Pacific and Disney’s 2002 animated feature film and television series Lilo & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Stitch! The Movie, and Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Scenes from South Pacific were filmed in the vicinity of Hanalei. Waimea Canyon was used in the filming of the 1993 film Jurassic Park.
Kauaʻi is home to thousands of wild chickens, who have few natural predators. Kauaʻi’s chickens originated from the original Polynesian settlers, who brought them as a food source. 1992′s Hurricane Iniki may have caused an indirect change in Kauaʻi’s ecosystem, increasing the chicken population.