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  • 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 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
  • Molokai to Oahu in a Canoe

    women paddling outrigger canoeEvery third Sunday in September, I look at the ocean and wonder what the conditions are like on the Ka’iwi Channel, the stretch of open ocean between Oahu and Molokai. Are there whitecaps? Is there a swell rippling across the ocean? What’s the wind doing? Is there a current?  Certain experiences in life create a bond among people. Things people do together that take grit, that are a challenge, that require teamwork. Running a marathon qualifies. So does Na Wahine O Ke Kai. 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
  • How To Surf Without Getting Wet

    Honolulu Surfing Museum collage of photosStop by Nico’s at Pier 38, because a surfer has to fill up the tank for a good workout. If you’re up for the dawn patrol, order the fish and eggs. If you’re more of a late riser, go for the Furikake Pan-Seared Ahi with Ginger-Garlic-Cilantro dip. And you don’t have to stop at the ATM before you head out. Prices are shockingly reasonable, especially for the portions and quality. Read More
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  • Our Oceans Connect the World

    woman standing on beach looking at waves

    According to a press release from The Ocean Project, the goal of World Oceans Day is “to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and the important ways people can help to protect our shared world ocean.”  In the United States, Hawaii became the first state to recognize and celebrate World Oceans Day. On Tuesday, volunteers around the state participated in beach clean ups and reef surveys. Seminars and movie screenings educated the public on the prevalence of plastic in our Pacific Ocean.

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  • Sailing into the Sunset off Waikiki

    I climbed aboard in front of the Outrigger Reef on the Beach at 3:00 p.m. While the captain turned the boat around, “Rabbit” gave us our briefing. Yes, his name was Rabbit. At least, that’s what he said. “In case of a water landing,” Rabbit said, “Put on your life jacket like this, grab two beers and jump overboard.” 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
  • In Memory of Heroes in Hawaii

    When you live in Hawai'i, you don't forget December 7, the anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor 68 years ago. It's a day of remembrance. Today is another such day. The 25th anniversary of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. It only runs when the surf reaches heights of 20 feet at Waimea on O'ahu during the annual one-month holding period. In its 25-year history, the event has only run seven times. Today makes eight. Read More
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