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  • Jake's List: Ten Things About Humpbacks You May Not Know

    Destination: Oahu

    whale watching off diamond headDid you know the tongue of an humpback whales weighs 2,000 pounds? That’s the weight of a VW Bug. And 363,000 pennies. And, of course, a ton of bricks. The one-ton tongue of a 45-ton humpback whale works like a giant tofu press to squeeze water out of its mouth in order to eat.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Backside of Diamond Head

    Destination: Oahu

    view of diamond head from backside

    This week in Hawaii, those of us on the windward sides of the islands are drying out after a series of wet weather patterns that sprouted waterfalls and mud puddles here and there around the island chain. There was actually blue sky covering my corner of paradise today, and for that, I am thankful. Last week, I found myself on a boat off Waikiki on another such sunny day. (One of the great things about Waikiki is its location on the leeward side of the island pretty much guarantees sun almost every day of the year. If it does rain in Waikiki, the sun often shines right through the raindrops.)

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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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