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  • Happy World Water Day

    Destination: Oahu

    Albatross skeletal remains packed with plastic at Midway AtollToday, March 22, 2011, is World Water Day, and I am headed to Waikiki not to go to the beach, not to surf the tail-end of a surprising south swell, not to shop at Ala Moana Shopping Center, not to go to dinner at Duke's. But to attend the 5th International Marine Debris Conference. The pavement was wet when I left the house just before dawn, thanks to some overnight showers.

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  • Welcome to Maui. Welcome to Whale Soup.

    Destination: Maui

    Hawaiian humpback whale breaching off Maui We boarded a Trilogy's Elua catamaran on the sandy shores of Kaanapali, Maui at 4:00 on a hot February afternoon, as a Kona system from the south evaporated Hawaii's cooling trade winds and vog from Hawaii (Big) Island's Kilauea volcano settled on the islands of Lanai and Molokai to our west.  February is known for pretty much one thing in Maui: Whales. Just three days before a whole day was dedicated to the celebration of whales in Kihei, complete with a Parade of Whales, Run for the Whales, Hawaiian music concert, “Made on Maui” market, food--lots and lots of food—and more.

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  • Kohala Coast Getaway, Part 3: Manta Rays

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Manta ray, underwater photograph, Hawaii Big IslandI squeezed into my full-length—and wet—wetsuit, slithered into another called a "shorty" and pulled a neoprene "hoodie" on my head, securing it with a chin strap. The ocean water temperature in Hawaii varies from about 76 in winter to 81 degrees in summer. A mere five degrees difference. On our earlier scuba dive at dusk here off Hawaii (Big) Island, my dive computer put the evening’s water temperature at 77 degrees.

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  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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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  • In Loving Memory of Andy Irons

    Destination: Kauai

    The signs started going up November 3rd, the day after Kauai-born, world-champion surfer Andy Irons was reported dead. Just 32, Andy had recently won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, and was awaiting the birth of his first child—a son, already named Axel.  The news reverberated throughout the island of Kauai in shock waves—from the local coffee shop, gas station and post office to text messages, emails and phone calls. And, of course, at the beach—Pinetrees, in particular, where a group of surfers gathered, slack-jawed and shuffling their feet.

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  • A River of Lava on Big Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    kilauea volcano lava flows into sea on big islandIn doing some research on ghost stories and Pele in Hawaii (they go hand in hand, many say), I ran across this October 28, 2010 video of a river of lava flowing to the sea on Big Island. It could be said the video is better than seeing it live, because you won't get this close to the lava yourself--trained scientists took this video--and not that you'd want to, quite frankly.

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  • A Hui Hou Andy Irons

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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.

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  • Molokai to Oahu in a Canoe

    Destination: Oahu

    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.

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  • Adventure Napali and Beyond to Niihau

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiEarlier this summer, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Hawaii adventures.  Far and away, the number one favorite adventure in Hawaii takes place on the ocean.  At least, for our Facebook fans.  Of all the water related activities mentioned, experiencing Kauai's Napali Coastline ranked right at the top.

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  • Warning Box Jellyfish Invasion

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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.

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