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  • How to Become a Fish: Surveying with REEF

    Destination: Kauai

    cornet fish hovering over honu turtleUnder blue skies and calm seas, a couple days after the New Year, I stood knee deep in water at Hanaka`ape Bay, also known as Koloa Landing, on Kauai's South Shore. This was once the third largest harbor in all of Hawaii, first for whaling purposes and, later, no doubt, due to the abundant sugar cane that once covered the plains for miles around. Hawaii's very first sugar plantation, known then as the Old Sugar Mill of Koloa, was established in 1835 a stone's throw as the crow flies from this spot. These days, the comings and goings here come in the form of water sports enthusiasts--snorkelers, scuba divers, and paddlers.

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  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement.

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  • 2013 in Photos and A Resolution for 2014

    hawaiian monk seal pup nuzzles with momAs I think about this year’s resolution, I am also reviewing my favorite images from 2013, above. I’ve chosen them not necessarily because they’re great photographs, but because they have meaning for me. Quite a few represent nature. I’d like to think a few of them made you fall in love with the world just a little bit more. Did they? 

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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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  • 40 Years of Saving Endangered Species

    breaching whale off lahaina, mauiIt was the majestic Laysan albatross that brought me to a North Shore Kauai beach last week. But the big splash seaward that caught my eye reminded me another regular Hawaii visitor had returned. Both the oversized seabirds and large marine mammals migrate to the Hawaiian Islands this time every year to breed. A few minutes later, as I rounded a rocky point, my eyes next landed on a sleeping Hawaiian monk seal, her trail from sea to shore clearly outlined by the trail she left in her wake.

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