The Hawaiian people built a rock enclosure in a shallow depression in a volcanic ridge in the mountains above Kapolei, in an area now known as Pālehua.
At the Lowest Place on Earth, on the South-East shores of the Dead Sea, nestled in the Ghor es-Safi and a short turn off the Dead Sea highway, you’ll find a little museum with a big mission and big stories to tell.
When I was asked to write this piece I was at first enthusiastic, and then overwhelmed. It’s been a long time coming. I feature some of the fun facts about the history of Petaluma, California, our place in film and popular culture, and issues around a recent revival. Some Petalumans fear that a boom in tourism is threatening the city’s authenticity. So far, we have maintained a reputation of friendliness and managed to grow in ways that honor our past.