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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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  • Dancing Red Tailed Tropicbirds

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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.

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  • What's Your Favorite Hawaii Adventure?

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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.

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  • Oahu TV Tour Day

    Destination: Oahu

    This past Saturday, on Oahu, I decided to devote the day to Hollywood, in particular the TV shows Lost and the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," hosted by Guy Fieri. I further decided to go mobile with my day--tweeting about it real-time. I used my iPhone to take pictures as I went, and I ran those images through one of two iPhone applications: Polarize and Pano.

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal: Week 2

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Get Off the Beaten Track on Oahu

    Destination: Oahu

    This past weekend, Kualoa Ranch hosted the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, an off-road, half-marathon--Outrigger Hotels & Resorts was the official hotel sponsor. For those not up for 12 miles, a 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) option was offered. More than 1,000 people participated. Check out the video.

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  • Now in Video: Kilauea Point

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Floating Flowers on Kauai

    Destination: 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

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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