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  • Kaanapali Beach Walk

    Destination: Maui

    jumping off black rock on mauiThe beginnings of the resort community of Kaanapali go back as far as 1957, with the first resort hotels built in the early 1960s. Kaanapali Beach fronts the entire resort complex, beginning at Hanakaoo Beach Park on the south end and ending three miles up the coast at Honokowai Beach Park. The beach is split almost in half by Black Rock.

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  • Foto Friday: Fisherman on a Rock

    Destination: Kauai

    fisherman casting line into wave on kauaiThe other evening, an hour before sunset, I went for a walk on an east side Kauai beach. Ostensibly, I was looking for a Hawaiian monk seal with a possible infection to his face, after a fishing hook had been removed (by a permitted team from NOAA) from his jaw a week or so ago. I didn't find the monk seal, but I did find great frigatebirds flying overhead. And nene. And red-footed boobies. Off-shore, several whales breached and tail-slapped as an outrigger canoe passed in the foreground. A couple of surfers had figured that the north/northwest swell was wrapping around the island in such a way that an unusual surfbreak would be just about the right size for them. And a fisherman cast his poll into breaking waves. There really are few better ways to end the day.

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  • When Vacation Desire Strikes

    anini beach on kauaiPicture this: A dog sitting patiently on a white, sandy beach, eyes focused on his owner commanding a kite and sailing across the calm surface of an ocean lagoon. A honeymoon couple sitting in beach chairs, their faces tilted toward the sun, the ocean lapping at their ankles. In the distance, a stream empties into the sea and a line of palm trees throws the sanctuary of shade, where several people, bent, sift through sand in search of shells. Children masked with snorkel gear giggle and squeal their delight in spotting, perhaps for their first time ever, up-close-and-personal, a sea turtle or, maybe, Hawaii’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa.

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  • Kauai Adventure Day: South Shore

    Destination: Kauai

    mahaulepu kauai coastlineIt was dark until 6:41 a.m. at 22 degrees northern latitude--Kauai--when the sun finally shook off the night and rounded our side of the earth. Rain fell. Trade winds stood at attention. One dog didn’t want to get her feet wet, and so I had to drag her, back legs stiff as 2x4s, outside for the morning walk. Then, the emails started. “Anyone have a weather forecast?” “It’s lookin’ pretty stormy down this way.” “It’s definitely Kona weather, no wind here.” “Should we cancel or just go?” “Let’s forget bikes and just go. Looks like it’s clearing.”

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  • Hawaii Island's Best Beach for Snorkeling

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    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.

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