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A Whale of a Tail

It's whale season in the rainbow state. Due to high winds all whale watches on the Kohala Coast have been suspended, but, these majestic marine mammals can be seen from shore. Thanks to Mike Neal for this beautiful photo.

Is this Hawaii?

Travel the world in a day in Hawaii. Is this the Gobi Desert? No. It's Haleakala. This is why I love Hawaii. In a couple of hours you can travel from oceans to jungles to deserts to great plains to alpine peaks to volcanoes to historic plantation camps and pulsing metropolis. And, there is a place for everyone in every place. I can help you find yours if you like. photo rob de camp

To surf or to swim??

WHOA!! Check out this awesome shot from Hawaii News Now of a stand up paddler taking a wipe out on the big surf we have been enjoying in Hawaii. Not what first comes to mind when I think of stand up paddling.. For something a little more tame for the less experienced may I recommend Mauna Kea beach, Spencer beach or Kawaihae harboron a calmer day.

Design for the Tropics

This looks very nice, doesn't it? As a designer I have one word NOOOOO! Not in the tropics. For a good designer the mantra is 'form follows function'. Look closer. All those gaps between those rocks in that nice moist environment are condos for scorpions, centipedes, wasps, roaches and spiders and mice. Make sure you shake off that robe very well before you wrap it over your soft, clean skin... just sayin'

Tide Pools on the North Tip

North Kohala Tide Pools. These cliffs and lava flats stretch for quite a way with beautiful views of Maui beyond. Access is through rolling green agricultural pasture and forest, with clean air sweet with the scent of mollases grass. Winter waters pound these cliffs and whales breach and birth here. Just a tiny example of what 'is' Kohala.

2012 - record year for home affordability

Housing Affordability Index Set Record in 2012 & 2013 Projected Close. 2013 a Great Time to Buy if You Can Get a Loan.

Waimea in winter. Winter?

Winter Waimea just an hour ago. It's cold up there! I like being down at the coast but you cannot argue that 'up-country' Waimea isn't equally as beautiful and on weekends when the keikie are playing sports in the park and the farmer's markets are open it's a great place to be. Plus, there are so many great places to eat. Solimenes for starters, and go from there...

Red Hot Surfing

Photographer said: This is the first ever photo taken surf photography style with the lava down the wave. I entered the 110 + degree water filled with volcanic glass and lava bombs to take the first ever lava shot taken from in the breaking waves. It was a shoot of a lifetime after 3 days in the water with the lava, the lava broke out and covered the entire beach. Big Island, Hawaii. via eclectic