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  • Laysan Albatross Adapt for Survival

    Destination: Kauai

    laysan albatross incubating two eggs in nestI wasn’t always a birder. In fact, I don’t consider myself one now. I don’t keep a life list, other than in my head, and you won’t find “birdwatching” or “birding” under my list of hobbies on my Facebook page. But yesterday, I found myself traipsing along the coastline of Kauai’s North Shore looking for Laysan albatross nest sites, as a growing north swell echoed its way for Hawaii and a confused sky alternately produced a menacing scowl and a cheerful smile.

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  • Hawaii Added to UNECSO World Heritage List

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Noting its significant natural and cultural values, this past summer, on July 30, 2010, UNESCO’s World Heritage Organization inscribed Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to its World Heritage List. The Monument, also known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is a 140,000-square-mile-swath of ocean and islands running from Nihoa at the southern end to Kure Atoll at the north. In 2006, it was proclaimed a U.S. National Marine Monument by presidential order and is the largest marine protected area in the United States and nearly the world.

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  • Laysan Albatross Chicks Fledge from Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Under Wraps: Kilauea Point Lighthouse

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Our Oceans Connect the World

    Destination: Kauai, Oahu

    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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