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Dr. Donald B. MacGowan

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Dr. Donald B. MacGowan

Popular television personality and independent filmmaker Dr. Donald B. MacGowan originally pursued a career in academics, earning two B.Sc. degrees, a dual M.Sc., and a PhD.; co-authoring over 5.2 million dollars in grants, and publishing more than 200 refereed journal articles, abstracts, etc. Seeking refuge in sanity from that unbalanced process, he quit the academic rat race and began to live. Donnie is an accomplished, prolific alpinist, having climbed on 5 of the seven continents, putting up more than 150 first ascents on rock, ice and snow, and a dozen first ski descents. He has written, directed and produced short and feature length films on health, travel, mountaineering and life in a touring rock band. Donnie records and tours relentlessly with his Celtic Punk fusion band &quot;Fatal Loins&quot;--although nobody much seems to care for their music. A Hawaii resident since 2000, he quietly and humbly inhabits Kailua Kona, doing environmental good works, surfing the be-jeezis out of the local waves and frenetically producing somewhat bizarre and mildly disturbing programs for local television which have recently been lauded as: &quot;Ignorant&quot;, &quot;Arrogant&quot; and &quot;Totally Insane&quot;. You may say what you wish about him, Donnie does not care. For somewhere underneath those swaying palm trees, in those warm aloha breezes, he is far too busy praying for good surf to hear you...<br />

Stories by Dr. Donald B. MacGowan

Although it is the most active volcano on earth, many visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park standing on the very summit of Kilauea Volcano...
Hawaii's exotic landscape tells an intriguing story to those curious enough to look. The visitor who goes the extra distance, who has the...
The chemical composition of the Hawaiian magmas plays a central role in determining the physical form of the Hawaiian Islands. All crustal rocks...
The Hawaiian Islands, part of a much longer chain of oceanic islands and seamounts called the Hawaiian-Emperor Chain, is comprised of eight principal...
The Hawaiian Archipelago, part of the Hawaiian Island-Emperor Seamount chain, is the most isolated island group earth, and is comprised entirely of...
Beautiful but wet, metropolitan but decrepit, bustling but laid back, Hilo is a lovely, maddening, heartbreaking, addictive study in contrasts....
With minor local exceptions, the rocks of the Big Island of Hawaii are made up almost entirely of eruptive volcanic effluent—lava and ash, and...
When the Aloha of Hawaii first called me, I felt my spirit ache, seeking adventure and the unknown; my soul reaching toward an inner connectedness...
The Sugar Industry in Hawaii Scattered across the Hawaii Island landscape are remnants of old sugar mills, fields and even some feral cane can still...
Want to find a beautiful, secluded beach not even many Hawai’an locals know about? Don’t mind walking about fifteen minutes over a lava...
Lost in the dreaming mists of time are the origins and meanings of Hawaiian petroglyphs, the carved rock art of the ancient Hawaiians. Are they...
I read with amusement about outrage expressed over approximately $165 million AIG paid as bonuses to executives responsible for destroying their own...
Hawaiian place names have meanings that are as poetic as their pronunciations are lyrical. “Makalawena” for instance, the name of a...
Waipi’o Valley is arguably the most magical place on the Big Island. Hawai’ian myths hold that Waipi’o Valley is guarded by...
Polynesians encountered the snow goddess, Poliahu, for the first time when they reached the Big Island of Hawaii sometime in the Fourth Century CE...

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