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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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  • Pixel Postcard: My What Big Waves

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    curling ocean waveThis week in Hawaii, we are expecting monster surf the likes of which we haven’t seen for over a decade. Everyone’s throwing around the number 50. As in fifty-foot high waves. And people, no doubt, will be riding them. But not competitors in "The Eddie.”

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  • On Service and the Unusual Bird in Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    view of waikiki beach from groinYesterday, I spent the morning on Waikiki Beach, walking and pausing to eat hot, malasadas from Leonard's Bakery with a man who represents two of my greatest loves: the ocean and books. We walked the length of Waikiki from San Souci Beach to Outrigger Waikiki and back, and as we sat on a bench overlooking the water, a trio of white birds fluttered along the ocean's edge.

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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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