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  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Rodrigues Keeps History Lively

    Destination: Oahu

    pearl harbor survivor al rodriguesAl Rodrigues sat behind a table in the courtyard at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center outside the Pacific Historic Parks bookstore, signing a stack of thin books titled, Diary of a Pearl Harbor Survivor. It was a perfectly sunny day and Al wore a pair of gold-tinted sunglasses. His first words to me were, “Where are you from?” When I said, Kauai, he asked, “Where?” When I told him Anahola, he said, “I used to swim there.” Turns out, Al was born on Kauai.

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  • 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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  • Herb Kane's Canoes and the Dodo Bird of Mauritius

    Destination: Oahu

    Outrigger Mauritius Resort and SpaConsider the canoe. Across indigenous cultures, wherever there was water, be it fresh or salt, there were canoes. A canoe provided the means to feed a village. It provided entertainment in the form of racing. It provided a way to cross a river or an ocean. I cannot think of any culture which did not rely on a canoe in some manner.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Beach?

    green sea turtle hauling out of oceanAs much of the country seems to be getting buried in snow this week, we in Hawaii are experiencing precipitation, as well. Thankfully, lows in the 60s means we won’t see the white stuff—except for maybe the summits of Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island and, possibly, Haleakala on Maui.

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Bitsy Kelley

    Destination: Oahu

    bitsy kelley walking waikiki beachIt was the evening before the full moon when I met Bitsy Kelley along the shoreline fronting Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Most beach umbrellas and chaise lounges had been put away for the night, but a few kids still dragged their colorful inflatables in and out of the water as the sun made its daily descent into the sea.

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