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Killer Whales Join Burgeoning Humpback Population in Hawaii

Killer Whales Join Burgeoning Humpback Population in Hawaii

The Humpback whales are just finishing their summer season in Alaska and will soon be returning to their beloved Hawaii. Start looking for them in November. If you’re on Kauai this summer you may spot Orcas, “killer whales,” for the first time in nine years. The highly social carnivores are hunters and were seen Sunday trying [...]

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Hanalei Farmers Market

Hanalei Farmers Market

If you find yourself on the North Shore of Kauai on a Saturday morning, the Hanalei Farmer’s Market is a great stop for eat it now or eat it later fare and more. It’s a fascinating “people study” type of Hawaii activity for both locals and visitors. Since there are no new Hawaii travel deals to [...]

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Pacific Voyagers Arrive Kauai

Pacific Voyagers Arrive Kauai

Do you remember the days before airport screenings when you just waked to your gate? While those days are over, a group of Polynesian voyagers found a new way to arrive in Hawaii using help from their ancestors. Their journey from New Zealand was by canoe. We were at Hanalei Wednesday to see their seven [...]

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1,000 Bird Strikes Threaten Kauai Airport

1,000 Bird Strikes Threaten Kauai Airport

An explosion in the Hawaii state bird population has caused alarm over their being ingested by transiting jet aircraft engines. There have been over 5,000 Nene sightings since 2008 and over 1,000 bird strikes reported in past years at Lihue. As you know, birds in the engines were what forced the dramatic 2009 US Airways [...]

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Kauai Glass Beach Revisited

Kauai Glass Beach Revisited

Back in 2009, I saw a post on Jaunted that depicted Kauai’s Glass Beach in a way it hadn’t appeared in years – completely covered with beautiful multi-colored smooth glass. That used to be the case until about ten years ago. I remember in days gone by people regularly came with five gallon buckets to [...]

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Kauai Museum Lei Day 2011 Interlude

Kauai Museum Lei Day 2011 Interlude

While we’re waiting for the next great Hawaii travel deal to come our way, here are some beautiful lei from last weekend’s annual celebration at Kauai Museum.  Also, please note that the recent deal: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Newark and DC to All Islands $205+ Each Way still has some limited availability as of this [...]

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Hawaii Coffee At Risk

Hawaii Coffee At Risk

The Big island’s esteemed $30 million Kona coffee industry is in jeopardy. The problem is a coffee borer beetle that’s quickly infesting Hawaii farms and has destroyed a majority of the coffee at some locations. Beauveria bassiana to the rescue State Ag has given approval to test this fungus-based insecticide to control the infestation. Already [...]

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Experience Life On Kauai With Beat of Hawaii

Update: Our next availability is February 17-28, 2013 and after March 27, 2013. If you’re planning a trip to Kauai here’s an exclusive, private offer to Beat of Hawaii readers. We invite you to stay with Beat of Hawaii on Kauai’s South Shore. Beat of Hawaii is located 15 minutes from Poipu Beach in the [...]

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Kauai Coffee Co. Sold – Partners Again With Hills Bros.

Kauai Coffee Co. Sold – Partners Again With Hills Bros.

Kauai Coffee will no longer be under local ownership. If you’ve been on the plantation before, do you think it’s a good move or a bad one? Alexander & Baldwin (“A&B”) recently announced that our neighbor, Kauai Coffee Company Inc.,  has sold its coffee operations to global coffee giant Massimo Zanetti (“MZ”). In the deal, [...]

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Bats in Hawaii

Bats in Hawaii

If it comes as a surprise to you that there are bats in Hawaii, you aren’t alone. I’ve lived here for a long time and had never seen one until recently. Then one evening while walking along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, I noticed what I thought were birds flying at sunset over the shoreline. Upon closer [...]

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