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Total Number of Entries - 33
  • Ten Sounds That Will Bring You Back to Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Whalewatching Waikoloa catamaran, Big IslandIt’s only when the 45-ton humpback whale exhales not more than 50 feet from your boat that you realize you’ve been holding your breath. And that you’re sitting on nothing but air in an inflatable boat that’s about half the length of the marine mammal breathing next to you. Humpback whales breach, breed and breathe in Hawaii during the winter months. Some even surface next to your boat, perhaps as curious to see you, as you are to see them.

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  • Whales, Waves and Real People: Our Top 10 Blog Posts

    kayaking napali coastAs the lead blogger for View from Here, I write, on average, two blog posts a week. I also write a feature story or two per month for OutriggerHawaii.com. That’s approximately 128 stories I’ve written in 2013 alone. I have my favorites. Those I don’t need to review the year’s blog entries to remember. But when I scanned the entirety of blog posts for 2013, I discovered a few more goodies that I’d clean forgotten about. Then, I took a look at some website analytics to review my readers’ favorite blog posts and re-discovered a couple more.

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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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  • Guest Blogger Sheila Beal's Five Reasons to Stay in Poipu

    Destination: Kauai

    sheila beal go visit hawaii bloggerToday's guest blogger Sheila Beal started her Hawaii travel blog--Go Visit Hawaii--back in 2006, the early days of travel blogging. That foresight has provided Sheila with an extensive following and many awards. Recently, Sheila partnered with Outrigger Hotels and Resorts to give away a five-night stay at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation Resort in "Sunny Poipu" on Kauai. The resort is laid out over 35 acres and is built on the grounds of Hawaii's first sugar plantation with the historic home of the plantation's manager now serving as the resort's front office and a well-known restaurant--Plantation Gardens--

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