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  • Hawaii Beach Guide and Infographics

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    What’s your perfect beach experience? Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for the perfect wave? Celebrating love with a memorable sunset?  Seeking calmer shores to build a masterpiece sand sculpture?  Use our Hawaii beach infographics and guide to help you find your perfect beach experience on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

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  • Winter Hawaii Beach Guide and Infographics

    couple walking on beach, long shot

    Sun. Sand. The Pacific Ocean. Nothing beats a day at the beach, even during winter. And, boy, do the Hawaiian Islands offer up a selection of beaches.  There are hundreds that dot the coastlines from Hilo to Haena. Some change with the seasons. Each has its own story. Find your perfect season and create your very own beach story with the help of our Hawaii beach guide and infographics!

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  • Summer Hawaii Beach Guide and Infographics

    fisherman casting line into wave on kauai

    Islands and beaches. Some things just go better together. Macadamia nuts and pancakes, for example. Tropical sunrises and Kona coffee. In summer, nothing beats a day at the beach. And, boy, do the Hawaiian Islands offer up a selection of beaches. Practically no two beaches are alike; the best beaches vary by season and reason. Use our Hawaii beach guide and infographics to find your perfect beach experience on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

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  • Our Precious Reefs

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAA

    Pioneering undersea explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle says that every breath of air we take comes from the sea. The ocean is important, because without it, we would not exist. “There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.” And at 97% of the Earth’s water, the ocean is the life-support system for all creatures on our planet. That’s a pretty clear reason why we should care about and for our seas.

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  • Hawaii Island's Best Beach for Snorkeling

    snorkelers at kahaluu bay on big islandWhen I arrived at Hawaii Island’s number one snorkeling beach last week, the tide was low, revealing bright green seaweed growing on rocks. Exactly 77 beach-goers were out--reclining on beach towels, wading in the water, swimming and snorkeling. A dozen more sat at the picnic tables under the pavilion. Sean, a one-time public defender from California, manned the lifeguard tower, and two retired school teachers, Ken and Regan, set up shop for ReefTeach. Read More
  • Earth Day 2011

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAAToday is Earth Day. This weekend, as usual, thousands of people will head to the beaches around the Hawaiian Islands. Mahaulepu on Kauai. Haleiwa Beach Park on Oahu. Kaanapali on Maui. Kahaluu Beach Park on Big Island. Most will walk the shoreline or wade into the water. Many will slip snorkel masks over their faces to explore life under the lip of the ocean’s surface. Some will kayak, canoe, surf or sail. A few will participate in the many beach clean up days scheduled to coincide with Earth Day. Read More
  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.
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  • Things You Should Know about Hawaii Five-0 2.0

    The reincarnation of Hawaii Five-0 premiers Monday, September 20, 2010 on CBS.  For dedicated fans of the long-time running cop show,  there are a few things you should know. Read More
  • Warning Box Jellyfish Invasion

    Once a month, Hawaii receives a visit from alien invaders.  Instead of the air, they come from the sea.  They are box jellyfish, and they particularly like the beaches along Waikiki.  I've always heard they arrive a week or so after the full moon.  I've seen warning signs placed on beaches.  I've read about their "victims" in the newspapers.  This month, when an email crossed my desk announcing the the pending arrival of these critters, I decided I wanted some more information.  So, I went to the experts--the Waikiki Aquarium--and Karen Quinn patiently and thoroughly answered my questions. Read More
  • The Sting of Rental Cars and Box Jellyfish

    It won’t be a Maui weekend, after all.  In an economic counter-move, rental car companies on Maui recently reduced their fleet.  That means, they shipped cars off the island.  I am sure they do this kind of thing on the mainland all the time.  As seasons and travel flavors change, executives move their cars around like grocers use just-in-time inventory practices to stock shelves.  Unfortunately, in the middle of the Pacific, when tourism picks up again, like it always does in February and March, there aren’t enough cars to go around.

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