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  • It's Back: Free Desktop Wallpaper

    mokolii at dawnHawaii is always as close as your desktop--no matter where you are in the world. Enjoy our complimentary wallpaper for your computer here. And if you have your own favorite image of Hawaii and would like to share it, send it to outriggerhawaii@gmail.com. We're always looking for a few good shots.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Diamond Head at Dawn

    Destination: Oahu

    sunrise over diamond head from outrigger reef on the beachThis week in Hawaii, we're playing tag with the weather. The trade winds have gone into hiding, and we're experiencing a "kona system" out of the south. Night rains give way to sunny days, which sometimes witness bouts of determined rain followed by intense sunshine. It's good to pack an umbrella or light jacket. Or just surf. It is, after all, a water sport.

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  • Show Up. Work hard. Repeat.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    breaching whale off lahaina, mauiIn the photo, a humpback whale is rocketing its estimated 40-ton body out of the water. The fast shutter speed of the camera catches what must be thousands of water droplets spiraling around the whale’s enormous body—off its sun-glinting, scallop-edged pectoral fins and haloing its head. The action in this image was caught after the whale’s propulsion reached its apex, and the whale’s heavy body is falling back into the ocean with what you can only imagine will be a mighty splash.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Laysan Albatross

    Destination: Kauai

    adult laysan albatross in profileThis week in Hawaii, we’re enjoying cooling winds out of the north. By cool, I mean the low for tonight where I live is expected to be 64 degrees. That means I might be able to convince my husband to turn the ceiling fan down from high to medium. I know temperatures around the U.S. Mainland are frightfully cold, as in freezing, right now, and I’m sorry for those people who are truly cold.

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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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