Moving to Hawaii was a wonderful way of decompressing and
preparing for the future. Spending time with family, writing and
exploring the culture of the islands kept me busy while legal
machinery was in motion to clear my name.
After the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in
New York, I went to work for Military Intelligence putting together
analysis of events in various countries. Recently, I have been
advising various Republican legislators in Hawaii on political
strategy as they adjust to the happy reality of a newly elected
The official Hawaiian state sport of outrigger canoe paddling
has become a new passion of mine and I am now in my third season of
competition. I have competed in many races and completed the arduous
Molokai to Oahu crossing in a six man canoe. Paddling such a small
craft on the open ocean with no land in sight can certainly put life in
its proper perspective!
Crossing the Molokai Channel by canoe is fraught with danger
and mishaps. Occasionally, a rogue wave will rise up out of nowhere
and flip the canoe and all of its paddlers into the sea. You must
quickly right the canoe, bail it out, and get back into the race. The
effort is exhausting, but, what other choice do you have on the open
ocean...or in life?