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  • How To Surf Without Getting Wet

    Destination: Oahu

    Honolulu Surfing Museum collage of photosStop by Nico’s at Pier 38, because a surfer has to fill up the tank for a good workout. If you’re up for the dawn patrol, order the fish and eggs. If you’re more of a late riser, go for the Furikake Pan-Seared Ahi with Ginger-Garlic-Cilantro dip. And you don’t have to stop at the ATM before you head out. Prices are shockingly reasonable, especially for the portions and quality.

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  • A Weekend On Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Saturday night found us at the Kapaa Jodo Mission for their annual bon dance festival. We ate “pronto pups” (you may know them as corn dogs) and “flying saucers” (a.k.a sloppy joe’s) and chili rice, the staple foods of these events happening most every weekend throughout the summer across the Hawaiians Islands.

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  • Laysan Albatross Chicks Fledge from Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    This is Laysan Albatross K884. When I helped band it a couple months ago, it was much fluffier than here. Apart from a few tufts of grey, like sideburns, on its cheeks and a darker-colored bill. This Laysan albatross chick looks much like an adult. It weighs, however, much less than its breeding parents.

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  • Under Wraps: Kilauea Point Lighthouse

    Destination: Kauai

    Kilauea Point lighthouse lens, close upFor the next two years, Kilauea Point Lighthouse will undergo renovation. The first order of business will be to "wrap" the lens. A layer of foam will go in first, then, Tyvek and, finally, plywood. It's expected the lens will be covered for the duration of the rennovation--upwards of two years--and will be complete well in advance of the the Kilauea Lighthouse's 100th anniversary on May 1, 2013. We'll bring you details of the restoration, as well as, stories and facts about the lighthouse throughout the process.

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  • Plans and Travel Don't Always Merge. Even in Hawaii

    Destination: Maui

    It was a simple plan, albeit a tad tight on time if any delays would occur at the airport. But Hawaiian Airlines is the number one airline for on-time arrivals—not in the top three, not number one of major international carriers—so I felt comfortable with my schedule. You know where this is headed, don’t you? You know what they say about making plans, right?

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  • Signs of Spring

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

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  • Ode to Hawaiian Monk Seal Mom

    Destination: Kauai

    Meet "KP4." Here, he squawks at his mother. At six days of age, he's a cutie. But he hasn't quite figured out exactly where on mom's body that yummy-liquid-stuff dispenses. I spent three hours with the pair yesterday, and he poked mom in the belly, neck, back and tail the entire time. A few nudges he got right and milky liquid streamed down his throat--and elsewhere.

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  • Red Sky in the Morning on Big Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    The best way to view lava up close and personal would be to see where it entered the sea.  Yet I'd always heard the ride by boat was too long from the Kona side, so no enterprising sailors ever offered an official tour. Then, I heard about Lava Ocean Adventures.  With them, this past Friday, I experienced lava in a way I had always desired.

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  • Now in Video: Kilauea Point

    Destination: Kauai

    And now, a video that visually says what I tried to put into words in my last post: There is alway something happening at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • 39th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Ripe Kona coffee cherries in a basketThe 39th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival officially kicked off last night with a lantern parade on Ali'i Drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. For the next 9 days, the event will celebrate all things coffee with samplings, farm tours, dinners, a cupping competition, a coffee picking contest, art exhibit, fun run, parades and more.  In anticipation, last week, I toured a couple Kona coffee farms on Big Island.

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