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Photography Sights

Cascade of Waterfalls Blanket the Koolau’s + View From Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Over the last few days Hawaii has been experiencing moderate to very heavy rainfall. The weather seemed to be at its worst on Tuesday with heavy rain and flash flooding throughout the state. On Wednesday, Governor Abercrombie declared a state of disaster for the islands of Oahu and Kauai. Some areas on Oahu saw more than 15 inches of rainfall, while Kauai saw 35 inches. Many schools and golf courses closed due to the severe weather. The state even shut down Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve because of the surface runoff from the heavy rain.

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Photography Sights

Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit

Doug Urquhart of Atlanta, Georgia, based The upThink Lab recently put together an excellent collection of timelapse videos taken during a recent wedding anniversary trip to the Big Island and Maui. The video features images from Kilauea and Mauna Kea in Hawaii and Haleakala in Maui.

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Beaches Photography Sights

The Aloha Tower Observation Deck: Four Unique Views of Honolulu

The Aloha Tower located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor was completed in 1926 at the cost of $190,000. At the time, Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii at 10 stories tall and measuring 184 feet (56 meters) in height. For 34 years the Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii but has since been eclipsed by the First Hawaiian Center in Downtown Honolulu [1]. Although no longer the tallest structure, many still consider the Aloha Tower to be one of the most famous landmarks on Oahu. The tower was restored in 1994 and serves as both a welcoming point for incoming ships and as a fully functional traffic control center for the harbor located at Mamala Bay. I was able to pay a visit to the top of the enduring Aloha Tower following my recent tour on the Star of Honolulu Premier Whale Watch Cruise.

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Activities Sights

Star of Honolulu Premier Whale Watch Cruise: An Excellent Whale Watching Experience

If you’re looking to do a whale cruise in Hawaii then look no further than the Star of Honolulu Premier Whale Watching Cruise. I had the opportunity to experience the Star of Honolulu last week and I was thoroughly impressed and had an excellent time. Before I continue I should disclose that this opportunity was a complimentary offer provided to Exploration: Hawaii by Star of Honolulu as part of their media tour.

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Activities Beaches Sights

Welakahao Outrigger Catamaran: An Excellent Sunset Cruise in Waikiki

Watching the sunset on a beach in Hawaii is great. Watching the sunset in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with Israel Kamakawiwaole playing in the background and a drink in hand is even better. The Welakahao Outrigger Catamaran [Update 12/1/2011: the catamaran was recently renamed the Waikiki Rigger]. offers just that and I got to experience this sunset cruise this past Sunday with Michelle.

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‘Iolani Palace: The Official Residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani

Located on the aptly named King Street, ‘Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States that served as the residence of a ruling monarch. The Palace was the home of both King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. On December 29, 1962, ‘Iolani Palace was officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark.