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Ana downgraded to tropical storm; Hawaii relaxes
HONOLULU (AP) ? Hawaii residents started to relax Sunday after days of keeping a cautious eye on Hurricane Ana, which was downgraded by late afternoon into a tropical storm.

Hawaii rides out Hurricane Ana, no reports of serious problems
A Pacific tempest packing hurricane force winds brushed Hawaii over the weekend with heavy rain, high surf and strong winds, but the islands road out the storm with no reports of any serious problems.

Hawaii Rides out Storm, No Reports of Serious Woes
Hawaii rides out Hurricane Ana, no reports of serious problems

Hawaii hit by winds, rain as hurricane veers west
HONOLULU (AP) ? Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles while generating strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings and lured surfers with high waves.

Hurricane Ana, brushing past Hawaii, to bring strong rain, surf
(Reuters) - A hurricane churning past Hawaii on Saturday pummeled the Pacific archipelago with heavy rain, strong gusts and dangerous surf but was skirting the islands without making a direct hit, the National Weather Service said. Hurricane Ana was still a hurricane but losing strength as it carved a path across the Pacific Ocean roughly parallel with the Hawaiian Islands, with its eye staying ...

Ana downgraded to tropical storm, turns away from Hawaii - FOX NEWS WEATHER CENTER
HONOLULU ? Hawaii residents started to relax Sunday after days of keeping a cautious eye on Hurricane Ana, which was downgraded by late afternoon into a tropical storm.

Hawaii residents relax as hurricane threat eases
Hurricane Ana has passed the Hawaiian island of Niihau, leaving the state wet but largely unscathed.

Ana turns into hurricane off the coast of Hawaii
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) ? The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands to allow tourists to make the most of Friday's remaining sunny weather.

Hurricane Ana brushes Hawaii with high winds, strong waves
The storm will miss the islands by more than 100 miles, but flash-flood warnings were issued and a tropical storm watch is still in effect

Hurricane Ana stays well south of Hawaii
(Reuters) - Hurricane Ana stayed on a slow course south of Hawaii on Sunday, well off shore but spinning off threats of heavy rains, strong winds and high surf to the Pacific archipelago, the National Weather Service said. ?Based on the latest forecast, there is little chance for hurricane conditions at this time,? the weather service said in statement at about 8 a.m. Hawaii time. The center of ...

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.