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  • Zipline Thrills: Screaming Like a Rock Star in Hawaii

    Zipline tour on MauiFor some people I know, hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai makes them break into a sweat.  Others I know won't even think about driving the famous road to Hana.  For those people, I do not recommend ziplining. But, if you have a general respect for high places, like I do, and you like speed, like I do, then, you'll love ziplining. It's still a relatively new adventure in Hawaii. In fact, you won't even find ziplining adventures on all the islands. Read More
  • Koloa Sugar Produces Sweet Memories

    Some of my favorite childhood memories include sitting at my grandpa’s feet with my brothers and cousins while the storyteller of our family shared tales of his own childhood. My grandfather’s stories of growing up in the country on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, always fascinated me. Sitting outside the Koloa Mill last week while Earl Smith and Stella Burgess talked about life on the sugar plantation, I felt like time had reeled back forty years, and I was sitting at my grandfather’s knee. Read More
  • Laysan Albatross Chicks Fledge from Hawaii

    This is Laysan Albatross K884. When I helped band it a couple months ago, it was much fluffier than here. Apart from a few tufts of grey, like sideburns, on its cheeks and a darker-colored bill. This Laysan albatross chick looks much like an adult. It weighs, however, much less than its breeding parents. Read More
  • Under Wraps: Kilauea Point Lighthouse

    Kilauea Point lighthouse lens, close upFor the next two years, Kilauea Point Lighthouse will undergo renovation. The first order of business will be to "wrap" the lens. A layer of foam will go in first, then, Tyvek and, finally, plywood. It's expected the lens will be covered for the duration of the rennovation--upwards of two years--and will be complete well in advance of the the Kilauea Lighthouse's 100th anniversary on May 1, 2013. We'll bring you details of the restoration, as well as, stories and facts about the lighthouse throughout the process. Read More
  • Dancing Red Tailed Tropicbirds

    At Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, we (or, at least I), call these seabirds, “Valentine’s Birds.” For two reasons: 1) They arrive at the refuge in early February, around Valentine’s Day, every year; and 2) Their tail feathers and bill are painted a striking red. Read More
  • 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
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal: Week 2

    At two weeks of age, the Hawaiian Monk Seal pup known as "KP4" takes pleasure in using his newly-discovered foreflippers. He flaps them. He slaps his face with them. He even swims with them. In his second week of life, he and mom go for short swims in the shallows. Read More
  • Now in Video: Kilauea Point

    And now, a video that visually says what I tried to put into words in my last post: There is alway something happening at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Read More
  • Floating Flowers on Kauai

    I took a picture of a friend's flower floating in her fish pond. Any guesses as to what kind of flower it is?

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  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

    Visit Kaua‘i’s National Wildlife Refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 11 - 17, and celebrate America’s wildlife heritage! Our National Wildlife Refuge System is made up of more than 550 refuges throughout the United States. From Alaska to Puerto Rico, from Maine to Guam, Refuges protect more than 95 million acres set aside to conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Read More
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