Haiku Poem – 誰もいないワイキキ

giant planes arrive
30000 empty seats a day
Waikiki ghost town

(Scott Gatdner)
さんまん の じょうきゃく は へり いま は ゼロ

On a normal day there are 30,000 passenger arrivals in Honolulu. Majority of those people head to Waikiki. Waikiki is a bustling city with perfect weather and world famous beaches. There are many hotels and restaurants, stores and street venders, surf shops and activities to enjoy. At any given time there are thousands of people on the street or enjoying Waikiki’s beaches.

However Waikiki has become a ghost town. To stop the spread of the corona virus stores and restaurants shut down. Hotels are shuttering and the Parks and beaches in Waikiki are closed. Recently the Hawaii’s Governor placed a mandatory 14 day quarantine for anyone arriving in Hawaii. On the first day of the quarantine there were only  250 non-resident arrivals to Honolulu and 1,500 arrivals total.  

Seeing Waikiki empty at noon was a surreal experience. Hawaii’s tourism industry and economy is effectively dead.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Scott Gardner
– Japanese by Scott Gardner and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Scott
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
(編集長 美智子)

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ナコスファミリーのバリー ハーモンさんからメールがきました。
(編集長 美智子)

The city is locked down.  Many markets or low of some supplies because people are hoarding food and supplies. I took these pics at Costco. Schools are all closed. Malls are closed. The governor closed all non essential business. It’s like a ghost city.  No ones outside.


Washington DC
– Barry Harmon
バリー ハーモン

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Haiku Poem – 閑散とした道

a deathly quiet
freeways wait for their cars

(Jim Woodhull)
くるま なき ワイキキ の みち かんせんしょう

On Thursday, March 26 2020, anybody visiting Hawaii or any returning Hawaiian resident must undergo a 14 day quarantine. This is to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus which unfortunately is in the islands. The only stricter measure the Governor could take would be to have all incoming and outgoing flights canceled. This sounds like the best way but only the President can decide to do that. Although the new rule does not take into effect until the 26th of March, it is already obviously working as I write this on the 25th. All State parks are already closed as are Bars, night clubs and many restaurants. In the last few days some very big hotels have also closed. The stores that are open have cut back on their hours. This rule is in effect until the end of April. Hopefully after that the worst will be over and we can slowly get back to normal again.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
ジム ウッドハルさんは今日のホノルルをハイクポエムにしました。
(編集長 美智子)

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We met Sam-san near Fujisawa station. We talked while walking.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be postponed because of the novel coronavirus.
Fujisawa, Fujisawa-city

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Haiku Poem – バージニアの天候

rain drops
winter air creeps
cold hardens

(Ben Clark)
あめ ふって しのびこむ ふゆ さむく なる

Winter in Virginia has been mild. Although snow has fallen it has mostly been light. Instead of snowing, it usually rains. Interestingly, when it rains, the temperature seems to get a little warmer. The air temperature has been at or below zero degrees Celsius sometimes at night. However, during the day, it has been as high as 20 degrees and often stays near 10 degrees. The only bad part about Virginia weather so far is when it is cold and wet. That combination feels particularly uncomfortable.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Ben Clark
– Japanese by Ben Clark and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Ben
Alexandria, Virginia アレクサンドリア、バージニア
ベン クラークさんのアパートの窓から見た景色です。
(編集長 美智子)

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We met Sam-san at Fujisawa station and we talked about many things while walking.
Fujisawa and Zengyo, Fujisawa-city

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Haiku Poem – 新型コロナウイルス

everyone stay 2m away
social distancing

(Scott Gardner)
みな とまる かいわ の きょり は 2メートル

Hawaii was one of the last states to be hit by the corona virus. Now that it is officially here the State is moving fast to stop the spread of the virus. Fist the schools canceled events. Then spring break was extended by one week. Shopping malls and stores reduced their hours. Movie theaters and tourist attractions are closed. Now, gym, restaurants, and bars are closing. Yesterday, the Governor ordered all non-essential state employees stay home for 15 days. I was hoping I would be non-essential and get 15 days off with pay. But sadly, I am not. So while some of my friends are at home enjoying Netflixs, I will be at work. Lucky me….


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Scott Gardner
– Japanese by Scott Gardner and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Scott
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
スカイプでハイクポエムを作っています。(編集長 美智子)

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