Daily Radar: 08.02.10

    • Australia’s Jenolan Caves National Park, located in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, is now accommodating a whole new group of travelers – Trekkies. The park has announced it is offering a self-guided audio tour of Nettle Cave in the Klingon language, created for Star Trek in 1979. The Klingon tours will become available August 22, after being recorded by two American Klingon scholars during July. The caves do have a connection to the famed TV series – two Star Trek writers visited the area and ended up naming a transport vessel featured in a 1992 episode the USS Jenolan. Jenolan Caves’ Director of Cultural Initiatives David Hays said they also considered adding dwarfish and elvish, but settled on Klingon as the second-most spoken fictional language in the world. [CNN]
  • The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach has opened an exhibition of 65 rare photographs of Amelia Earhart. The vanished aviator stayed at the historic hotel during several trips to Hawaii in the 1930s, and the black-and-white photographs show her relaxing at the hotel and on the beach. The Matson Navigation Company, which built the five-star Royal Hawaiian in 1927, found the photographs in their archives last year, including shots from Earhart’s December 1934 stay with husband George Putnam preceding her 18-hour solo flight back to California in January 1935 – the first time anyone completed that 2,400-mile flightpath alone. The collection also features photos from Earhart’s last trip to Hawaii in March 1937, less than four months before she disappeared over the South Pacific as she tried to become the first woman to fly around the world. The exhibition is open to the public and will be running through the end of 2010. [CBS]

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