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  • Honolulu Goes Hands-Free

    Destination: Oahu

    Today, I drove to Lihu’e. It’s a 30-mile, round-trip journey that takes me past Kealia Beach—boogie boarders popped in and out of view as the waves rolled ashore. Through downtown Kapa’a—diners lined up outside Mermaid’s Café, famous for their ahi nori wraps. My progress slowed a bit as traffic funneled across the Wailua River bridge. That’s when I pulled out my phone and started texting.  Yes, I drive and text. But, possibly, not for much longer.

     

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  • Lets Get Social: OutriggerHawaii Announces Facebook and Twitter Pages

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Let's get social. OutriggerHawaii now has a page on Facebook. With the recent explosion of what those-in-the-know call social networks, it's obvious we human beings like to connect. And if you also like all things Hawai'i, then you will love our new Facebook page. We hope you'll visit, make comments, post photos and/or videos and participate in our discussion boards. Right now, we're discussing our favorite beaches. And while you're there, be sure to "fan" us.  And if one social media network isn't enough, why not two. In addition to Facebook, you can follow us on Twitter, too. So, let the conversations begin. It's going to be a busy summer.

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  • Should You Plan an Itinerary for your Hawaii Vacation?

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    I have a question for you: When you go on vacation, do you make an itinerary?  Let it be known that I am an inveterate list-maker. Thinking about what I need to do tomorrow? I make a list. In my office ready to start my day? I make a list. Going grocery shopping? If I don’t have a list in hand when I leave the house, I sit in the car and make one before I walk in the store.  Why? Because I hate it when I forget something.

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  • Ten Tips for Better Vacation Photos

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Kilauea Point lighthouse lens, close upThe Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the world’s largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers, recently polled its members to come up with the “Top 10” tips to help travelers take better vacation photos. “With digital cameras, it has never been easier or cheaper to take top quality vacation photos,” states SATW president and broadcast travel journalist, Bea Broda. “However, there are still some things that travelers can do to help them come back with stunning images of their vacation,” she said. 

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  • Recycle Your Athletic Shoes at Outrigger Hotels

    Destination: Oahu

    Yesterday, I trekked to a remote beach on Kaua’i’s north shore to check on a 15-day-old Hawaiian monk seal pup.  Along the way, I found the left shoe of a child’s pair of sneakers, a mismatched pair of men’s flip flops, the sole of what was once running, skateboarding or tennis shoe and a pink slipper a la Cinderella. You know how I feel about marine debris.

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  • Packing for Your Hawaii Vacation? Don’t Forget Your Brain.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Last weekend, I sat around a table of fellow volunteers with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation Hui at the Kalaheo Community Center.  It was our annual pupu potluck and while the winds whistled outside the cement block building in which we sat, someone suggested we share a favorite memory from our days spent seal-sitting.

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  • The Garden Island Reports on Rental Car Shortage

    Destination: Kauai

    So, I am not the only one scrapping travel plans due to the rental car shortage. 

     

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  • The Sting of Rental Cars and Box Jellyfish

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    It won’t be a Maui weekend, after all.  In an economic counter-move, rental car companies on Maui recently reduced their fleet.  That means, they shipped cars off the island.  I am sure they do this kind of thing on the mainland all the time.  As seasons and travel flavors change, executives move their cars around like grocers use just-in-time inventory practices to stock shelves.  Unfortunately, in the middle of the Pacific, when tourism picks up again, like it always does in February and March, there aren’t enough cars to go around.

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  • Aloha!

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    “Aloha.” It’s a word we hear and use every day in the islands. It’s a Hawaiian word so common to the English language that it appears in most English dictionaries. My four-inch thick Webster’s Third New International Dictionary—which I have to dust off before every, infrequent use—gives the word’s definition as: LOVE, AFFECTION, KINDNESS—often used to express greeting or farewell.  And, yet, aloha can mean much more than that.

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