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  • Food Photography? Are You a Nuisance?

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    hawaiian vanilla pupuIn my three-year-old blog post, I acquiesced to the food photography trend by taking my own and allowing that the act of photographing food was akin to photographing a beautiful Hawaiian sunset or Hawaiian monk seal snoozing on the beach. It captured a moment in time. It served as a keepsake. It recorded a special moment. But hot dogs?

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  • Glenn Poulain's "Honu Ascent"

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Glenn Poulain is giving away a stunning 20x30" underwater image called, "Honu Ascent." Join us tomorrow, January 22, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. HST on our OutriggerHawaii Facebook page, and one day soon this canvas print framed in Koa veneer might be hanging in your home.

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  • Talk Story with Glenn Poulain

    Destination: Oahu

    crown of thorns image by glenn poulain

    Glenn Poulain is an underwater photographer who moonlights as a chiropractor. At least, that’s the goal. Glenn’s underwater images of Hawaii’s fish and marine life decorate the walls of two Outrigger properties on Oahu--Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and Outrigger Reef on the Beach. We caught up with Glenn minutes after a big dive trip to Hawaii (Big) Island to talk about his passion of underwater photography—a hobby turned business that’s starting to take a chunk out his day job.


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  • Species Spotlight: Hawaiian Moorhen

    Destination: Kauai, Oahu

    hanalei valley, kauai, north shoreThe road into the town of Hanalei on Kauai’s north shore bends to the right after crossing the historic, one-lane Hanalei Bridge, and an anecdotal 99 percent who cross the bridge in polite groups of six or eight vehicles at a time head this way. But for taro farmers, hikers, select homeowners and a few early morning photographers, the slip of a road that drops to the left dips into the valley of Hanalei. And here, in the Hanalei Valley National Wildlife Refuge, at the base of waterfall-laced mountains and among ponds of leafy taro, are birds that possess the secret of fire.

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  • Generosity in Abundance

    Destination: Kauai

    kilauea stone damLast night, trying to wedge a chore between my Outrigger day job and an evening dinner appointment, I fired up the riding lawn mower. Well, truthfully, the husband fired up the mower, and I hopped on to swing around the yard, listening to one of my favorite podcasts--Writers on Writing—as I did so. I soon recognized a problem.

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  • Free Desktop Wallpaper

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    mokolii at dawn

    This lovely image by my co-worker Nancy Daniels was taken on Oahu. Can you identify the location? What I like about this image is the absolute stillness it evokes--of the tempestuous Pacific Ocean, no less. For the third year now, Outrigger is making available images like these to keep Hawaii close to your heart--and hand and eyes. These images are available to download and use as your computer's wallpaper.

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  • Resolve to Fall in Love with the World

    swirling clouds over kalalea mountainThis is the time of year when some of us make resolutions. Take the dogs for more walks on the beach. Stop noshing on malasadas for lunch. Start meditating. Read the classics. What we're talking about here is some kind of behavior change.

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  • December in Photos

    I'm like a photographer (beast) unleashed with my pocket camera (that's also called a phone) these days. Hoarding photography apps likes crazy. Not that the DSLR is getting any rest. It goes everywhere with me, as well. Including that darn cumbersome tripod. But when you live in Hawaii, it's a crime not to tote every possible piece of photography equipment around. Because the scenery just doesn't stop. And you never know when you're going to run into an amazing flower. Or giant surf.

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  • 2012 in the Rearview Mirror

    reflection of hula dancers in waterOne of my favorite photographs from the year resulted from a sunset photo shoot at the beach, and no, the image is not of a setting sun over the ocean. (Although there is one of those, too.) No, I’m thinking of the picture that I took when I turned my back on the sun. What I discovered was the beautiful evening light embracing three hula practitioners who were dancing along the waterline, their reflections shimmering in the retreating surf.


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  • Wicked Brings Broadway to Honolulu

    Destination: Oahu

    wicked playbillI must be the only woman in America who has yet to see Wicked. That was my conclusion after asking about a dozen girlfriends if they wanted to go see the play running in Honolulu through January 12, 2013, and they all said something on the order of, “I’ve already seen it in New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, _________.” To be fair, Hawaii is a bit of a distance from the epicenter of theater in the United States, and I hadn’t ventured to Broadway since moving to Hawaii right before that other end-of-the-world scare—Y2K.

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