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Hawaii Wins Two Major Awards for Hawaii.gov
The State of Hawaii was among the selected winners of two unique competitions for its innovative Web development work on the official website of the Aloha State, Hawaii.gov.

Paul Goydos wins Hawaii Championship with late birdie streak
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Paul Goydos won the Hawaii Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, breaking out of a tight pack with four consecutve birdies.

Hawaii Football: Three things we learned from the Warriors 21-12 loss to Colorado
Hawaii drops their first road game in ugly fashion, scoring no offensive touchdowns in Saturday's loss. The Warriors struck first with an early interception and field goal, but it would be all Colorado from there as the Buffs go on to beat Hawaii, 21-12. NeQuan Phillips intercepted the first Sefo Liufau pass of the day and took it 28-yards into Colorado territory, setting up Ikaika Woolsey and ...

Paul Goydos wins Hawaii Championship
Paul Goydos won the Hawaii Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, breaking out of a tight pack with four straight birdies. Making his fifth start of the 50-and-over tour since turning 50 in June, Goydos closed with a 4-under 68 at Kapolei Golf Club for a tournament-record 19-under 197 total. Handled adversity well.'' Funk finished with a 69 to tie for second with Scott Dunlap.

Hawaii Football: Q&A with Ralphie Report
Hawaii wraps up the Pac-12 portion of their schedule this Saturday, when the Warriors travel out to the mainland for their first road test of the year against the Colorado Buffaloes. CT: The Colorado offense has put up some impressive numbers to start the year, ranking 33rd in the country in total offense behind the play of Sefo Liufau. The Hawaii pass defense has been spotty at best to start ...

Hawaii takes on another Pac-12 foe in Colorado
With so many Pac-12 teams on the schedule, Hawaii coach Norm Chow must feel like he's back in the conference. The Rainbow Warriors (1-2) hosted Washington, then Oregon State and now travel to Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday to tackle the Buffaloes (1-2). Almost like old times for Chow, who had stints in the league as offensive coordinator for USC, UCLA and Utah. This will be the Rainbow Warriors ...

Funk, Goydos share Hawaii Championship lead
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Fred Funk shot a 10-under 62 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Paul Goydos in the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship.

Census: Hawaii's poverty rate lower than nation
Hawaii's poverty rate is lower than most other states in the nation, according to new Census data. But advocates for the poor say that when the state's high cost of living is considered, the picture looks ...

Closely watched Hawaii lava flow stalls
HONOLULU (AP) ? Lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii's Big Island has essentially stalled for now, officials said Monday, but that isn't putting anyone at ease.

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Keys to the Game
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are an aggressively mediocre team, and I don't mean that as a slight. In order to come away with a comfortable win and continue progressing, CU would do well to gain the upper hand in these three areas. One of the relative strengths of the 2013 team was its ability to force turnovers at crucial moments.

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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