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Washington football: Huskies manage 17-16 win over Hawaii
It was assumed that Washington would roll over a Hawaii team that won one game in 2013. The 25th-ranked Washington Huskies eked out a 17-16 victory over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Honolulu, starting the Chris Petersen era with a whimper instead of a bang. Replays showed his left foot may have been out of bounds, but redshirt sophomore quarterback Jeff Lindquist got the snap off quickly ...

Hawaii falls short vs. No. 25 Washington in season opener, 17-16
The Warriors upset bid over the Huskies fell just short, but Norm Chow seems to have UH trending in the right direction Hawaii fell short in their season opener vs. the 25th ranked Washington Huskies Saturday night in Honolulu, but my goodness, did they look good doing it. The Warriors opened up with a 10 play, 58 yard drive in just over three minutes, capped off by Senior Joey Iosefa going over ...

Hawaii vs. Washington 2014: TV schedule, streaming andmore
We all know Hawaii is the late game on Saturday night, but what channel is the game on, and what time?Hawaii hosts No. 25 ranked Washington in the late night game on the opening Saturday of the college football season. The Warriors are hoping to be able to pull off an upset against a familiar coach in former Boise State head man Chris Petersen who made the move to the Pac-12.

Ross helps No. 25 Washington edge Hawaii 17-16
A win was about all Chris Petersen got in his coaching debut with No. 25 Washington. Questions about the Huskies' offense will continue into next week after Saturday night's 17-16 victory at Hawaii. Jeff Lindquist completed just 10 passes while filling in for a suspended Cyler Miles, earning most of his yards on one long play. Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington split carries in a mediocre ...

Hawaii tourism study finds more vacation rentals
Hawaii has about four times as many vacation rentals for travelers than the state's tourism agency previously believed. A new study indicates there are about 26,500 houses and condominiums being rented ...

Recap: Instant Reactions to Washington Huskies holding off Hawaii thanks to 2 TDs from John Ross
Jeff Lindquist struggles but two explosive plays from John Ross led the way for the Huskies as they barely scrape by Hawaii. The Chris Petersen era got off to a really rocky start, with a 17-16 victory over Hawaii in a game that really shouldn't have been that close, or even close to that close. Beginning the the game, Petersen's Huskies gave up a 40-yard kick return, foreshadowing a 10-play, 58 ...

Hawaii governor blames political loss on gay marriage
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

Hawaii Energy Offers State's First-Ever Energy Efficiency Auction
Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, is launching the "Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction" to find out just how ...

FEMA denies Hawaii's post-storm disaster request
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island's isolated and rural Puna ...

No. 25 Washington at Hawaii Capsule
No. 25 WASHINGTON at HAWAII, 10:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hawaii's Climate is just about Perfect

Hawaii’s Climate is just about Perfect.

I grew up in the high desert regions of the west in Idaho, Utah, and Arizona with a four season’s lifestyle that included mild summers, beautiful fall colors, and very cold winters with lots of snow. (Because the word “cold” is subjective; let me just say that in Idaho, I remember mornings when it was 30 to 40 degrees below zero…Fahrenheit) As I grew up, it seemed that spring came later and later every year. March and April often were just sort of mud months. Things would start to warm up and bam - another snow storm would hit and send us back into winter. Luckily I did a lot of skiing and thought I could never give up my winters. I was pretty sure that I needed four seasons.

Then I got into bike and triathlon racing. In order to have a great racing season, it was necessary to have a long summer with lots of time on the bike. I started to spend my winters in Arizona so that I could train outdoors all winter. I soon realized it was pretty easy to go without snow. I didn’t miss it at all. Spending December in shorts and t-shirts was pretty nice. But let me tell you, summers in Arizona are brutal and worse than winters in Idaho. When people try to tell you that 120 degrees in the shade is okay because it’s a "dry heat" don’t listen to them. 120 degrees with or without humidity isn’t fun.

During the last 30 years or so, I’ve spend weeks and months at a time in Hawaii. Hawaii has an ideal climate year round. From the moment you step off the plane, the first thing that you notice it the moisture in the air; that and the fact that much of the airport in Honolulu is open air. Why have walls when the temperature outside is perfect?

The humidity is only a problem until you learn to dress down and relax. Ditch your shoes and socks and put on some sandals. Put on some shorts and a short sleeve Aloha shirt – after all you’re on vacation. Everybody in Hawaii is on vacation. Even if they don't know it, they're on vacation. Once you acclimatize, you’ll start to notice that your body actually likes moisture in the air. Your skin will feel better, your hair will look and feel better, and your sinuses will improve. Why wouldn't they, you’re breathing clean moist air that has just blown 3000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. When I fly home to the high desert plains of Utah, the first thing I notice is that my nose dries out and my sinuses starts to bleed, my hands and fingers develop painful cracks, and my hair gets all full of static and becomes brittle. My skin dries out and I get itchy. I long for moisture again.

Hawaii’s temperature stays nice all year round. The average temperature in Maui ranges from highs of about 80 to 88 Fahrenheit through the year and lows down to about 65 in January. Water temperatures range from about 75 in the winter to 73 in the summer. Kauai weather is a little cooler with temperatures averaging about 2 or 3 degrees below what you can expect on Maui.

Think of that the next time you’re out shoveling your driveway. I do.

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