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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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  • Gathering Round the Palm Tree

    This time of year, there’s much attention given to a particular kind of tree—the Christmas tree. In Hawaii, there’s another tree around which people have gathered much meaning—the coconut palm tree. Year-round, the lazy, swaying palm tree has come to represent romance and the ease of life attributed to life—vacation—in the tropics. But sometimes, in December, the palm tree gets dressed up in red and green and serves another role.

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  • A Testament of a Love That's Sure

    Destination: Oahu

    At the place where the underground Kawehaweha Spring meets the ocean on Waikiki Beach, a group of nine couples gathered in a semi-circle one recent Friday to renew their wedding vows. The silhouette of Diamond Head shimmered in the distance.

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