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Hawaii road re-opens amid stalled lava flow
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) ? Hawaii County's civil defense director is asking motorists not to stop on a newly reopened road in a rural town to get a look at lava that has stalled less than 500 feet away.

Hawaii holds off East Carolina 75-73
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- Garrett Nevels scored 19 points and Aaron Valdes 15, and both grabbed nine rebounds, as Hawaii held off East Carolina 75-73 on Wednesday to win the fifth-place game at the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Hawaii road re-opens as lava flow stalls; motorists asked to not stop for lava gawking
Hawaii County's civil defense director is asking motorists not to stop on a newly reopened road in a rural town to get a look at lava that has stalled less than 500 feet away.

Hawaii holds off Marist 62-55
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- Garrett Nevels scored 18 points to lead Hawaii to a 62-55 win over Marist on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

No. 19 Oregon State beats Butler 85-53 in Hawaii
LAIE, Hawaii (AP) -- Ali Gibson scored 20 points and Sydney Wiese 19, with both hitting five 3-pointers, as No. 19 Oregon State rolled over Butler 85-53 on Thursday in the Tom Weston Invitational.

Hawaii beats UNLV on last-second TD throw, 37-35
HONOLULU (AP) -- Marcus Kemp caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ikaika Woolsey with no time remaining to lift Hawaii to a 37-35 win over UNLV Saturday.

Hawaii holds off Pittsburgh 74-70
MAUI, Hawaii (AP) -- Michael Thomas scored 12 points and hit back-to-back baskets - the second one a dunk - late in the game that pushed Hawaii into a slender final lead to beat Pittsburgh 74-70 Friday night.

Lava Sets Home on Fire in Hawaii (Video)
A stream of lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been creeping toward a small town for months, and yesterday (Nov. 10), the molten rock finally ignited its first home. The empty house in the village of Pahoa was set ablaze just before noon local time (5 p.m. EST), according to the U.S. Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has been continuously erupting for more than 30 years. Itburned ...

Tigers beat Swords 74-60 in Maui
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Missouri lost its first two games in Maui, lost a starter early to injury and fought foul trouble.

Hawaii run nets 72-65 win over CS Bakersfield
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii went on a 15-0 run midway through the second half to take control and went on to earn a 72-65 win over Cal State Bakersfield Saturday night.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Prince Kuhio 113 in Poipu

SummitPacific added a new condo to its Kauai vacation rental database of one bedroom condos on Kauai. Prince Kuhio 113 is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the ocean on Kauai’s beautiful south shore near Poipu Beach. Managed by Juliana Cherry of Ala Muku Vacation Rentals, unit 113 is spacious and comfortable and conveniently located on the first floor. It has a king size bed, fully equipped kitchen and a free hi-speed internet connection. There is a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Prince Kuhio, next to Prince Kuhio Park is a hidden gem and a delight. It’s quaint and quiet and close to restaurants, shopping and one of the island’s best snorkeling spots, Prince Kuhio is quite affordable with prices starting at just over $160/night plus taxes and fees.

The resort features a swimming pool, beautiful grounds and an outdoor barbeque area.

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.