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Hawaii?s Visitor Industry Sets New Records in Spending and Arrivals for Third Consecutive Year
Hawaii?s tourism economy, one of the state?s largest economic drivers, continued its momentum in 2014, surpassing 2013 records in visitor expenditures and arrivals for the third consecutive year, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority .

Bank of Hawaii Corporation 2014 Financial Results
Bank of Hawaii Corporation today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.94 for the fourth quarter of 2014, down from $0.95 per share in the previous quarter, and up from $0.88 per share in the same quarter last year.

Hawaii cruises past Cal State Northridge 84-73
LOS ANGELES (AP) Stefan Jankovic scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and hauled in seven rebounds to help Hawaii to an 84-73 win over Cal State Northridge on Thursday night.

Most of Hawaii's Coral Recover From Mass Bleaching
Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching, but emerge weaker, more vulnerable

Hawaii School Choice Week Starts Today with 56 Events Across the State
School Choice Week starts today in Hawaii and across America. Throughout the Week, which runs until January 31, there will be 56 school choice events across the Aloha State.

Pro Bowlers: Arizona missing vibes of Hawaii
Most of the NFL players who'd been to a Pro Bowl in Hawaii missed much about it last week as the game was played in Arizona for the first time.

In Hawaii, it's peak time for humpback whale-watching
If you're lucky enough to be traveling in Hawaii right now, you've likely seen humpback whales breaching and slapping the water. At this time of year, they're pretty hard to miss.

Transfer station readies for reopening amid stalled lava
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) ? The public has a few days left to get a glimpse of Hawaii lava from a viewing area set up by the county.

Defending Hawaii ports from cyberattacks
What would happen if Hawaii's ports were attacked, not by bombs or missiles but by hackers who launched their weapons in cyberspace? Click here to watch Paul Drewes' report. Wednesday hackers took their best shot at the islands' maritime industry in a simulated cyberattack. Hawaii's shipping industry is not only big business, it is essential for residents' way of life. As ships and shore ...

What Asteroid 2004 BL86 and Hawaii Have in Common
At first glance, you wouldn?t think Hawaii has any connection at all with asteroid 2004 BL86, the one that missed Earth by 750,000 miles (1.2 million km) just 3 days ago. One?s a tropical paradise with nightly pig roasts, beaches and shave ice; the other an uninhabitable ball of bare rock untouched by floral print swimsuits. But Planetary [?]

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.