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  • February in Photos

    For a month with only 28 days, I managed to pack in quite a bit. Even with five days of vacation in there. So, here it is, my February in photos. Enjoy.

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  • My Love Affair with Lahaina

    Destination: Maui

    lahaina waterfront at sunsetThis is one of the things I love about Lahaina: the depth of the place. You cannot walk down Front Street without running into it. The town has history. It oozes from the break wall running in front of the wooden storefronts. It seeps from the rock and coral Masters’ Reading Room, built in 1834.

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  • January in Photos

    boogie boarder at shipwrecks beachJanuary bestowed Hawaii with the gift of rain for much of the month. And, then, once the air had been scrubbed clean, the interior mountains stood tall for whole days on end without a single cloud circling their peaks. When this happens, the folds of distant ridges and valleys sizzle with clarity and nature's artistry is so perfect that we could be living inside a Hollywood set. It's worth the weeks of intermittent rain and cloudy skies. It must be what Punxsutawney Phil will feel like tomorrow, Groundhog Day, when he emerges from his burrow.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Cazimero Christmas

    Destination: Oahu

    When I was on Oahu for the Honolulu Marathon last week, I decided to balance my physicality with some art and culture. That is, I went to see Wicked playing at the Neal Blaisdell Center. I also went to see A Cazimero Christmas starring The Brothers Cazimero at the historic Hawaii Theatre in their three-show, one-weekend-only annual production.

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  • November in Photos

    sunset over molokai oceanI’ve had some juicy assignments this year. I’m the first to admit it. In a couple weeks, when I recap the year, one of the highlights will surely be the time I spent participating on Molokai at the Creative Photography for the Soul workshop. Like experiences that stick, this one came at a good time--at exactly the right time when my soul needed some creative inspiration. And believe me, I got it, as I hope these photographs convey.

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