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Christmas on the Road—Vanquest Trident-20 pack and Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System

The author is still comfortable with the Trident-20 after a long hike.

by Rob Kay (Editor's Note: This is the second of a two part series on items that will make excellent holiday gifts for the discerning traveler. All are priced no more than $170). While at a journalists' event earlier this year (Big 3 East) I had the good fortune to run into Alex Nunes from a company called […]

December 1st, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Work Sharp's Ken Onion Knife & Tool Sharpener--maintaining the sharpest tools in the shed


By Rob Kay The first thing that popped into my mind after meeting Ken Onion is that he’s a man who has truly embraced his ikigai.  By my reckoning, a great deal of Ken’s life has been influenced by all things Japanese so I felt the best way to describe him is through a concept […]

November 28th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Christmas on the Road—ESS Crowbar Glasses, Plano Mil-Spec Case and Sea to Summit Toiletry Bag

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By Rob Kay I’ve been a professional traveler for over 30 years. As the author of three travel books and countless newspaper articles, I’ve had the privilege of exploring rain forests, deserts, mountains and more airport lounges than I care to recall. I still love the adventure of travel but the older I become, the larger […]

November 27th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Special Features,Travel | Read More »

Taj Mahal brings soul stirring authenticity to premier of American Epic at HIFF


By Rob Kay American Epic, the upcoming PBS documentary on roots music which premiered on HIFF’s opening night, couldn’t have had a better advance man than blues legend Taj Mahal. The much beloved, former Hawaii resident and his New Hula Blues band, were the perfect opening act to tee off the first of a three […]

November 26th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,Hawaii News Highlights,News,Opinion,Slice of Life, Hawaiian Style,Special Features | Read More »

COWARDS - Allah akbar

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. I guess the title might give you a clue that this column is for the first time since it began going to mention the opposite of Heroes. It’s something I feel strongly about and think the column will resonate with many readers. Literally "God is great" in Arabic. Nice thought, […]

November 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Special Features | Read More »

ARMED WITH NOTHING BUT COURAGE-Sergeant Ross Franklin Gray, US Marine Corps, WWII, Medal of Honor (1920-1945)

For many years I have been writing about men and women who by any standard were courageous. Sergeant Gray is one of the most courageous I have written about. He exposed himself to intense enemy fire during the landing at Iwo Jima. Despite the heavy barrage coming from the Japanese bunkers he went out unarmed […]

November 15th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Thank You

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Since America became a nation, 22,317,761 of its men and women have served at various times to protect our country. Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Almost half, 977,542, of those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan have been deployed more than once. […]

November 8th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Headhunters Firearms HH762 (7.62x39) upper receiver + Geissele SSA Trigger


  By Rob Kay and RN Price Back in February of this year we had the opportunity to test and evaluate the Headhunters Firearms HH762 (7.62x39) upper receiver. We liked it after our initial review and after nearly ten months, and who knows how many rounds later, our judgement is still the same. That said, […]

November 6th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

From Hero to Saint- SAINT DISMAS, THE GOOD THIEF - Fr Emil Kapaun, U.S. Army & Korean War(1916-51) (1916-1951), WWII

Father Emil Kapaun, Chaplain in U.S. Army, WWII and Korean War, Distinguished Service Cross and other Military Decorations. This is not the first time I have written about Father Kapaun and I doubt it will be the last. I Uwritten about hundreds of heroes and have identified a few that are my personal heroes. Father […]

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

The First Filipino WW II Medal of Honor, Cpt. Jose Cabalfin Calugas, U.S. Army (1907-1998)

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. - Captain Jose Cabalfin Calugas, Sr. was the first Filipino Soldier to have received the Medal of Honor during WW II. Calugas was born on December 29, 1907 in Barangay Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo Philippines. He had three siblings of which he was the oldest. His mother died when he was […]

October 24th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

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