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United States & CanadaKauai, Hawaii - Films & Family Adventure

HCWT 07.04.2013 19:56 0 0


     The next day after a Katie makes friends with a sea cucumber at Hideaway Beach.light breakfast at the hotel, we walked just past the St. Regis Princeville Resort entrance to a public pathway down to Hideaway Beach, a secluded public beach. Walking down the path can be tricky at times, especially after a rain but the slippery slope offers hand tied ropes as a railing to hold on to. The beach is spectacular.

      We snorkeled at this beach every morning and viewed the coral playground filled with purple sea cucumbers and the Hawaiian Trigger fish, Humuhumunukunuku apua'a.

      A short drive toward the coast is Kauai’s northern-most point and the historic Kilauea Lighthouse. Celebrating its 100th year, the scenic lighthouse was recently refurbished. This area is also a preserve for hundreds of sea birds. You can often spot whales, seals, dolphins and sea turtles at the point.

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United States & CanadaAulani-Hawaii's Disney Family Beach Adventure

HCWT 07.04.2013 17:33 0 0

Aulani-Hawaii's Disney Family Beach Adventure

    The Aulani Disney Resort is a fantasy playground both for kids and adults. Guests float and snorkel on the surface of the resort’s 165,000-gallon saltwater playground. As the fish swim about in schools below, you and the kids can observe underwater statues and animals from above. It’s great for people who’ve never snorkeled before.
    Our daughter enjoyed a day of gentle snorkeling without waves, strong currents or sharks. You’ll find the It's family fun at Aulani Disney Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.calm environment perfect for children of all ages who are able to float and swim. The fish are tame and friendly with the swimmers. Guests who don’t want to enter the water can watch the fish from two viewing windows, with fish feeding scheduled two times a day.
     A fun family activity we enjoyed was the interactive hand-held electronic touch-screen device. It’s like a mini iPad with “Auntie” as the tour guide. Auntie guides families around the resort in search of the legendary menehune, the Hawaiian "little people." With a push of a button, guests learn about local folklore.
    We especially liked walking around the JW Marriott to a beach where we viewed sea turtles and Monk seals playing in the warm waters.

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United States & CanadaHumpback Whales return to Hawaii!

HCWT 12.22.2011 15:52 0 0

Hawaii celebrates the Humpbacks' return.

It's a celebration for all of us here in Hawaii, residents and visitors alike, to see the Humpback whales return to the warm, shallow and protected waters of the Hawaiian islands to give birth and reproduce. This annual migration of 3500 miles starts from their feeding grounds in the gulf of Alaska Humpback whale breaching off Hawaii. Credit: HIHWNMS NOAA Fisheriesand after 4-8 weeks of travel they arrive in Hawaii as early as September, remaining as late as May before their return. The juveniles, adult males and females are first to arrive followed by the pregnant females often accompanied by male escorts.

The calves are born in the warm, shallow waters close to shore and spend several months feeding on their mothers fat rich milk adding 100 pounds a day before taking off on their long swim back to Alaska. The Hawaiian waters lack the bait-fish essential for the whales to eat, so the adult whales will not eat until they return to the food-rich waters of Alaska. They will live off their blubber, or stored fat reserves, losing, especially for the mothers a third of their body weight. But this does not seem to discourage them from enjoying their vacation in Hawaii.  

There are many locations close to shore to catch the Humpback whales performing their blows, breaches, pectoral and fluke slaps, spyhops and other amazing acrobatics. You can also charter a boat for a whale watching tour. Here on the Big Island, I regularly participate in the annual Humpback Whale Sanctuary Ocean Count – it's a fun 4 hours from 8-12 in the morning, usually on the last Saturday of January, February, and March. For 2012 it is on January 28, February 25, and March 31. The volunteers meet on the coast to record whale sightings. We are well rewarded with plenty of whale antics and the gratification of helping in the population study of the endangered Humpback whale. The Ocean Count takes place on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. Visitors are encouraged to participate. To volunteer for the whale count call: 1-888-55-WHALE, ext 253 or visit

Photo credit: Humpback whale breaching off Hawaii. HIHWNMS NOAA 

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United States & CanadaVolcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis -- Oh My!

HCWT 03.20.2011 14:57 0 0


Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis -- Oh My!

Mother Nature has never been more active than on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Earthquakes are frequent on the Big Island of Hawaii, but more so recently and with higher magnitudes. Swarms of earthquakes accompanied the March 5, 2011 collapse of the Puu 'O 'o crater and the eruption of lava from the March 6, 2011 fissure, spattering molten lava up to 80 feet high along Kilauea's east rift zone.

At the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, you can find out more about the earthquakes at and Kilauea's recent activity at Check out the volcano webcams at

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Kilauea Volcano Eruption

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

On March 10, 2011 a devastating 9.0 earthquake hit Japan setting off a tsunami racing across the Pacific. Waves up to 6 feet high surged onto the coastal areas of Hawaii causing widespread damage. Find more information about the March 11, 2011 Honshu Tsunami at NOAA Center for Tsunami Research .

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Tsunami and Hawaii

Tsunami and Hawaii

Tsunami and Hawaii


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