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  • Big Bertha the Manta Ray Gives Birth

    big bertha the manta rayBoy, that girl was hardly showing when I saw her last February. I couldn't even tell she was pregnant, and by then, she was a good 8 months along. The mother of all manta rays, Big Bertha, gave birth this summer to possibly two baby manta rays. Read More
  • Maui Man Paddles SUP Board from Big Island to Kauai

    On Tuesday, June 21, just before 9:00 p.m., Bart de Zwart stepped off land at Keokea Bay on Big Island. Five days later, just before sunset on Sunday evening, he took his first steps on ground again at Kalapaki Beach on Kauai. He took 215,000 paddlestrokes to navigate his 14-foot stand-up board on what he called the “ultimate crossing,” a 300-mile journey.

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  • Kohala Coast Getaway, Part 3: Manta Rays

    Manta ray, underwater photograph, Hawaii Big IslandI squeezed into my full-length—and wet—wetsuit, slithered into another called a "shorty" and pulled a neoprene "hoodie" on my head, securing it with a chin strap. The ocean water temperature in Hawaii varies from about 76 in winter to 81 degrees in summer. A mere five degrees difference. On our earlier scuba dive at dusk here off Hawaii (Big) Island, my dive computer put the evening’s water temperature at 77 degrees. 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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  • A River of Lava on Big Island

    kilauea volcano lava flows into sea on big islandIn doing some research on ghost stories and Pele in Hawaii (they go hand in hand, many say), I ran across this October 28, 2010 video of a river of lava flowing to the sea on Big Island. It could be said the video is better than seeing it live, because you won't get this close to the lava yourself--trained scientists took this video--and not that you'd want to, quite frankly. Read More
  • A Hui Hou Andy Irons

    Winter waves crashing on reef at Larsen's Beach on KauaiAndy Irons died earlier today, November 2, 2010, at the young age of 32. He had just won a major surf competition in Tahiti just a month before. After taking last year off the professional surf circuit, he was making his comeback, and in a big way. Earlier this summer, he spoke about why he surfed. 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
  • From the Photo Files

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  • What's Your Favorite Hawaii Adventure?

    ATV rider at Kualoa Ranch on OahuA few weeks ago, we conducted an informal poll on Facebook. We asked, “What’s your favorite Hawaii adventure?” 168 of our fans responded. Many of you could not make up your mind and reeled off a laundry list of your favorite adventures. We ran all those responses through our not-so-very-scientific analysis—called hand tabulating—to give you this report. Read More
  • Red Sky in the Morning on Big Island

    The best way to view lava up close and personal would be to see where it entered the sea.  Yet I'd always heard the ride by boat was too long from the Kona side, so no enterprising sailors ever offered an official tour. Then, I heard about Lava Ocean Adventures.  With them, this past Friday, I experienced lava in a way I had always desired.
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