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  • 2013 in Photos and A Resolution for 2014

    hawaiian monk seal pup nuzzles with momAs I think about this year’s resolution, I am also reviewing my favorite images from 2013, above. I’ve chosen them not necessarily because they’re great photographs, but because they have meaning for me. Quite a few represent nature. I’d like to think a few of them made you fall in love with the world just a little bit more. Did they? 

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  • Gathering Round the Palm Tree

    This time of year, there’s much attention given to a particular kind of tree—the Christmas tree. In Hawaii, there’s another tree around which people have gathered much meaning—the coconut palm tree. Year-round, the lazy, swaying palm tree has come to represent romance and the ease of life attributed to life—vacation—in the tropics. But sometimes, in December, the palm tree gets dressed up in red and green and serves another role.

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  • Give Great Gifts that Do Good

    Hokulea in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Kim Steutermann RogersA few years ago, I decided to do away with the stress of gift-buying and started a new tradition. Many of you probably already do this. Instead of giving individuals gifts to everyone on my Christmas list, I consolidated all that money and made a sizeable (sizeable to me) donation to a local charity that was important to me. Then, I sent a note with a photograph depicting the donation to those on my gift list.

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  • November in Photos

    monk seal getting fed at waikiki aquariumThere I was standing on a board on the ocean off Waikiki Beach, concentrating on keeping my core strong but my knees flexible, as Barney from Faith Surf School had suggested. “You’ll be fine,” he said and turned to help a couple others learn to surf. I wasn’t really taking a lesson this time. I’ve paddled a stand up board probably a dozen times, but every time, I feel my limbs stiffen like a newborn colt.

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  • Our Pledge to Malama Honua with Polynesian Voyaging Society

    Destination: Oahu

    doctor chuck kelley speaking at polynesian voyaging society receptionLast week, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts announced its partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, pledging to provide more than $500,000 worth of support to further the mission of the PVS Worldwide Voyage through various fundraising efforts, cross marketing and global hosting at Outrigger hotels and resorts throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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