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Bank of Hawaii Corporation Conference Call to Discuss First Quarter 2015 Financial Results
HONOLULU -- Bank of Hawaii Corporation will release first quarter 2015 financial results on Monday, April 20, 2015 before the market open and hold its quarterly conference call at 2:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. ...

Hawaii football to play Oregon, Arizona in future years
HONOLULU (AP) - HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii football team is announcing they will play two Pac-12 teams and two Football Championship Subdivision rivals in upcoming seasons. Hawaii and Oregon will face off in a three-game series beginning in 2020. Starting next year, Hawaii and Arizona will play a ...

Protesters block telescope construction on Hawaii mountain
Protesters blocked a road this week as part of a push to prevent construction of a giant telescope near the top of a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. More than 50 protesters formed a roadblock ...

Fire officials under probe for talking to Hawaii News Now
A Hawaii County fire battalion chief and captain are under investigation for criticizing the leadership of Fire Chief Darren Rosario in a story on Hawaii News Now earlier this month.

Hawaii internment camp to be dedicated as national monument
WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii's largest internment camp where Japanese-Americans and others were held during World War II is being dedicated as a national monument. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Hawaii Gov. David Ige and other officials for a dedication ceremony Tuesday of the Honouliuli National ...

Group 70 International Presents Investor Team to Tahitian Government for Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort and Spa
Hawaii?s largest locally owned design firm Group 70 International, Inc. today submitted its team of world-class investors from the U.S., Tahiti, China, France and Mexico to the French Polynesian government for the new 130-acre Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort and Spa.

Judge: Navy's Hawaii, California training plan inadequate
HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday said the National Marine Fisheries Service violated environmental laws when it approved the Navy's plans for training in waters off Hawaii and Southern California. The agency failed to support its finding that the training would have a "negligible impact" on marine life, ...

Poultry, bird owners warned to be vigilant about avian flu
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is encouraging Hawaii commercial and backyard poultry and bird owners to be vigilant due to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 along the Pacific flyway migratory bird path. Hawaii bird and poultry owners are encouraged to institute and maintain good biosecurity measures, which include good sanitation practices and making sure that their birds ...

FPL parent clears one hurdle to buy Hawaii utility for $4.3 billion
NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, has received federal approval to buy Hawaii's largest utility for $4.3 billion.

Federal judge: Navy's training plans off Hawaii, California inadequate
A federal judge has ruled the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to support its finding that the Navy's plans for training in waters off Hawaii and Southern California would have a "negligible impact" on marine life.

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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