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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: 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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  • 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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  • How to Become a Fish: Surveying with REEF

    Destination: Kauai

    cornet fish hovering over honu turtleUnder blue skies and calm seas, a couple days after the New Year, I stood knee deep in water at Hanaka`ape Bay, also known as Koloa Landing, on Kauai's South Shore. This was once the third largest harbor in all of Hawaii, first for whaling purposes and, later, no doubt, due to the abundant sugar cane that once covered the plains for miles around. Hawaii's very first sugar plantation, known then as the Old Sugar Mill of Koloa, was established in 1835 a stone's throw as the crow flies from this spot. These days, the comings and goings here come in the form of water sports enthusiasts--snorkelers, scuba divers, and paddlers.

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