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Fitch Rates Hawaii's $1.1B GOs 'AA'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the following State of Hawaii general obligation bonds:

Lava Creeps Toward Road on Hawaii's Big Island
Lava from Hawaii volcano snakes toward rural town; flow is 250 yards from small country road

Lava From Hawaii Volcano Picks up Speed
Lava from Hawaii volcano picks up speed as it snakes toward town; flow is 250 yards from road

HAWAII POLL: Takai, Djou tied in dead heat in latest poll
Our latest Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser poll in the campaign to represent urban Oahu in Congress suggests the vote could go either way. ...

Could a tsunami destroy Hawaii?
Scientists have found evidence of a massive tsunami that devastated Hawaii some five centuries ago, prompting Aloha Stateofficials to greatly expand their tsunami evacuation plans.

Hawaii lava flow speeds up, heads toward small town
Molten flow from a volcanic cone within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is advancing upon the community of Pahoa.

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.

500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered
A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, mollusk shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, new research finds. The quake, likely a magnitude 9.0, sent the mighty waves toward Hawaii sometime between 1425 and 1665, the study found. It's possible ...

Terry Bradshaw lands on the Big Island of Hawaii
Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw has touched down on Hawaii's Big Island, buying an estate in the northern town of Kamuela for $1.85 million.

Hawaii scientists return to ocean for weapon study
University of Hawaii scientists plan to embark on a final expedition to deep waters off Oahu to study how chemical weapons dumped in the ocean decades ago are affecting seawater, marine life and sediment.

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.