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Ok kids, before we even get started… I know. I know I have been completely lax on updates and blogging and telling actual stories of my travels from over a month ago. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks here down under, but… we got our Internet sorted, our new apartment set up and Christmas is almost here. I’m good to go!

Voggy in Hawaii

Voggy in Hawaii

As you know, one of the major stops on my trip to the USA was Hawaii’s beautiful island of Oahu. I stopped there twice, on the way to the mainland and on the way back, but I gotta admit, the weather wasn’t as bright and shiny as I was hoping.

Granted, it is their winter, and winter there in Waikiki especially means that sun showers strike at any given minute. But that wasn’t what got me. It was the haze that often filled the sky — the haze which I thought was fog or smog. Heck I even thought it was the locals saying “fog” with a funny accent before I realized I was learning a new word altogether.

Vog.

It was voggy in Oahu!

Isn’t that crazy?

Instead of the sun shining and blinding me every day, many of my days were filled with overcast skies to which the meteorologists on TV and radio attributed to vog.

Well if you are as clueless as I was, then let’s break it down: volcanic smog = vog.

Brilliant!

Or not

voggy day in Oahu

Voggy day in Oahu

The reason behind the vog on Oahu is the Kilauea volcano that has been erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii since the 80s. Uhm… shows how much I know about our 50th state, right? Had no idea about that one.

And this vog then blows over and affects other areas of the state, such as Oahu. Unfortunately, it can be a bit troublesome for individuals with respiratory issues and asthma — so be warned!

Having said that, however, when the sun did shine – it WAS bright and cheery and hot. Hawaii is a beautiful place, my friends, and summertime there is probably blissful, vog or no vog.

So did any of you know about this “vog”, or did I actually contribute to your learning in this post today?

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6 Responses to I learned a NEW word in Hawaii

  1. Jen December 25, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I hate the vog. my body goes absolutely dreadful during the vog time. I sorry to hear that our Vog made your experience a little….off, but I’m sure you had fun nonetheless.

    • Brooke December 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Still had a great time, Jen!

  2. Alexandra December 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    We also make a drink out of Vodka and POG that we call Vog 😉 But oh yes those nasty Kona Winds (Also a new term for you) are brutal when they blow the vog over the rest of the islands! Sorry to hear you had a hazzy time in my homeland.

    • Brooke December 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Should have tried this Vog drink you speak of. Yeah it’s a little unfortunate, but don’t worry, I still think Hawaii is beautiful 🙂

  3. Vee January 23, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    Yeah, Oahu can be very polluted, especially by the Waikiki area…when I first moved to Hawaii, I learned that word too and I was giddy every time I used it: V.O.G!

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