Oahu's "Situation" wrt Circulations

Atmospheric and Oceanic

Both of above from here (look at the NASA activity for names of currents), other images are here

Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii here

Oceanic

North Pacific currents maps here and here or buried versions winter here and summer here? .

OSCURS Model here

Some Current Issues

Atmospheric circulation and Hawaii's rainfall. If the height of the inversion layer changes we intercept less water. If the trades were to break down altogether...

"Garbage Patch" "Capt Charlie Moore" (UH speaker, Sp 2012) North Pacific Gyre

3/11/2011 Tsunami Debris
here

Big Events. Debris rafts for increased survival? Motorcycle to British Columbia's Haida Gwaii islands 4/18/2012 20 m Dock to Newport Oregon by 6/6/2012

Some Other (fun) stuff to read:

Curtis C. Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano. 2009. Flotsametrics: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science.

"Beachcombersalert.org"