On July 2, 1937, American aviation pioneer and best-selling author Amelia Mary Earhart disappeared over the Central Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world.
At the time, Earhart was already the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a solo flight, which earned her the US Distinguished Flying Cross.
On Thursday, July 10, another female pilot landed on the Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s North Shore, on her way to complete Amelia Earhart’s around-the-world flight.
The pilot’s name? Amelia Rose Earhart.
Amelia Rose Earhart is a news anchor turned philanthropist who founded the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which provides flight scholarship, aviation career services, and education programs to young woman with an interest in flight. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Earhart has no relation to the famous aviatrix, though Amelia Rose Earhart is in fact her given name. Unlike her namesake, she was able to update the world on her adventure through Twitter and Facebook.
Earhart completed her around-the-world trip on Friday June 11, setting the record for the youngest woman to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane when she landed in Oakland International Airport.
She’s not the only globe-trotter making ripples on Hawaii’s third largest and most populous island. A couple of tech entrepreneurs and endurance athletes that met on Match.com are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary by attempting to be the first couple to row from California to Hawaii.
In just a few days, Sami Inken and Meredith Loring will set off on the 2,400-mile journey from Monterey to Oahu. Other rowers including Patrick Quensel, Peter Bird and Roz Savage have made similar trips across the Pacific, but this is the first time a couple will take on the aggressive challenge.
Inken and Loring are no stranger to extreme adventures. Their first date involved kayaking on the Sausalito, the second was a competitive three-hour trail run in the Marin Headlands, and their first overnight trip together took them to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
The trip will test their endurance, navigation skills, and relationship. Both agree that the mental side of the trip will be the most challenging, and voiced concerns that sleep deprivation and soreness could test their patience with each other.
Still, both are excited about the trip, and are using it to raise awareness and donations for the Institute of Responsible Nutrition.
“Oahu is unlike any other destination, bringing together historic points of interest such as Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian cultural experiences and a tropical carefree lifestyle while continuing to deliver world-class amenities,” says Lauren Victoria, Marketing and Advertising Coordinator at E Noa Tours.
The couple hopes to reach the coast of Oahu by August, in time for their four year wedding anniversary. Their trip can be tracked through fatchancerow.org.