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Hawaii's woes continue against UC Irvine
Parker Coss' two-run single capped a five-run sixth inning and UC Irvine made it eight wins in a row over Hawaii in Big West play with a 6-4 victory on Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif.

A look at Hawaii?s truly remote islands, Niihau and Kaho?olawe
Tourism is very limited on the two islands in order to preserve the Hawaiian past and present.

Hawaii frets over vanishing beaches
Climate change-related rising sea levels are expected to intensify erosion; "It's half of our economy"

Hawaii County Fire Department personnel investigation ongoing
Hawaii County Fire Department operations in West Hawaii are not being jeopardized by recent turmoil in the office that resulted in two battalion chiefs being put on paid leave, a top-ranking Fire Department official said this week.

CBS Sued Over 'Hawaii Five-O' Theme by Composer's Family
A lawsuit by Morton Stevens' children alleges that CBS wrongfully filed a renewal registration after he died and that the new show infringes their rights.

Population increases cited in rise in gun permits
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai had the fewest applications for firearms of all state counties in 2014. But the number of applications on the Garden Isle increased for the fourth straight year - although county officials aren't attributing that increase to a gun craze, but rather something that accompanies an ...

Hawaii upsets UC Davis 65-58 in Big West semis
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Roderick Bobbitt scored 14 points and fifth-seeded Hawaii upset top-seeded UC Davis 65-58 on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Big West Tournament.

Shark attacks Kansas man snorkeling in Hawaii
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) ? A tiger shark attacked a Kansas man snorkeling in Hawaii Wednesday, sending him to the hospital with bites to his arm.

Hawaii upsets UC Davis in Big West semifinals
There are perks that come with winning the Big West regular-season championship. You get a shiny trophy and, more often than not, a spot in the NIT.

Hawaii Improves Vital Records Online Ordering System
The Hawaii Department of Health launched an improved vital records ordering and tracking system for birth, and marriage/civil union certificates. This improved service (https

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.