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Coral Bleaching Threatens Hawaii’s Coastline

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The health of coral reefs is more important than most people realize. Not only are coral reefs essential to healthy coastlines but also to healthy coastal economies, literally supporting thousands of businesses. Coral reefs protect coastlines from erosion by absorbing wave energy. Climate change, pollution and fishing have made coral an endangered species.

Think of coral reefs as marine rainforests that house and nurture at least 25 percent of the planet’s marine species. Over the past three decades as much as one-quarter of the world’s live coral has been lost. When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. This is called coral bleaching. Mass bleaching of coral has been driven by ocean warming. When a coral bleaches, it is not dead. Corals can survive bleaching, but they are under more stress and at risk of mortality.

Many of us have heard about mass bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Bleaching has killed more than 30 percent of the Great Barrier Reef’s shallow water corals. Likewise for coral reefs in the Seychelles located in the Indian Ocean. Researchers also are warning that warming ocean waters in the Pacific could spell disaster for coral reefs along the southwest coastline of Hawaii's Big Island. There are growing concerns a marine heat wave could be even worse than the catastrophic event in 2015 that killed nearly half of the coral along the Big Island’s coastline. Hawaii is still recovering from that event and thus is more susceptible to thermal stress. Record ocean temperatures around Hawaii in 2019 were increasing that stress.

What can tourists do and not do to prevent more coral damage in Hawaii? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is advising both tourists and locals to:

  • avoid killing parrotfish, surgeonfish and other herbivores because they clean coral as they nibble algae all day;

  • use reef-safe sunscreen;

  • keep anchors away from reefs;

  • dispose of chemicals like fertilizers and oils properly;

  • do not stand on any reef.

As for sunscreens, be aware that some sunscreens include chemicals that destroy coral. Sunsceen’s chemicals induce coral bleaching. Research studies show that sunscreen washing off swimmers annually in oceans worldwide is destroying as much as 10 percent of coral reefs. Chemicals in sunscreen can also be toxic to fish. Protect fragile reef ecosystems by avoiding sunscreens that contain four ingredients that have been linked to coral bleaching: oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor. In addition, apply sunscreen about 15 minutes before you head into the ocean so the sunscreen has a chance to soak in.

Enjoy what the sea-world of Hawaii offers and, at the same time, do your best to protect that marvelous sea-world, too.




Hawaiian 'Info Bites'

On January 18th 2020, the Lanaʿi Culture & Heritage Center, in Lana’i City, celebrated its 13th anniversary. Visitors to Lanai should visit this museum to share and experience its stories about Lana’i’s heritage and natural history and also Hawaiian traditions, cultures, ranching and plantation era histories.

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Questions about sharks and shark attacks are some of the most frequently asked questions people ask regarding their upcoming trips to Hawaii. Although the minds image of such horrific attacks are prominent in ones imagination the reality is that these happen very infrequently and in fact they actually happen less frequently over the course of a year worldwide than do deaths associated with taking 'Selfies'.

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According to statistics compiled by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Hawaii’s hotels finished 2019 with the nation’s top hotel rate and revenue per available room (RevPar).

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Have you ever seen a beach with green sand? Well you have a chance to do so if you are going to bevisiting the Big Island. Actually you are going to have to really want to see it because it is located off the main road and down a very bumpy dirt road which leads to 'South Point' which is the very furthest point south on the Big Island as well as being the very furthest point south in Hawaii and for that matter the very furthest point south in the United States.

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Just as reliable as Old Faithful at Yellowstone Park, the mysterious Box Jellyfish of Hawaii will arrive on its shores between 8 and 12 days after each full moon.

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Goats, just like pigs, were not endemic to Hawaii, and were brought in by humans presumably to provide a source of food. Each in tern rapidly turned wild when allowed or encouraged to roam and the consequence today is that the land of Hawaii is rapidly being ravaged and destroyed by both animals.

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Anyone who wants to enjoy Big Island Activities and Big Island Tours certainly prefers to be blessed with a day of perfect Hawaiian weather. On most days in Hawaii, the weather cooperates beautifully, but sometimes can be unpredictable.

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When you come to Hawaii you almost certainly will attend the famous Hawaiian feast called a luau. This is a celebratory feast of epic proportions in which hundreds of people gather together to essentially eat, drink and be merry.

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Maui County (which includes the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai) has a unique geography that allows the activity industry to offer a unique set of Maui activities and Maui tours.

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Generally speaking, you could not be on a better island to enjoy great weather than Kauai.  Consequently, enjoying Kauai activities and Kauai tours is as good as it gets as well.

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Everybody knows that biking down the slopes of Haleakala is a big industry on Maui, but do you know how it began. I do, and it has been a curiosity to see how it has adjusted, morphed and grown over the course of years.

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Visitors to the Big Island are always concerned about how the volcanic activity will effect their Big Island Activities and Big Island Tours. Although it is impossible to predict nature, we are providing you here with a chronicle of past volcanic events in hopes that this will give you an over view of one of the most continuous dramatic geologic events in recent years.

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One of the reasons you are undoubtedly coming to Maui is because of the great weather here.  Another reason you are probably coming to Maui is to enjoy some of the great Maui activities and Maui tours we have here.

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One of the biggest concerns visitors to Oahu have is how the weather might effect the Oahu activities and Oahu tours they reserve.  Some people think they should wait until the day before an event (or even the day of the event) to make reservations to assure themselves of having the best weather possible.

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Hawaii has weathered major landfalls from only two tropical storms and two hurricanes since 1959. Even though hurricanes don’t often directly hit land, however, they can and do cause damage.

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Coral reefs in Hawaii comprise over 80% of U.S. coral reefs. Hawaiian reefs possess some of the most abundant levels of marine species in the world. These reefs shelter over 700 species of fish, 400 species of algae and over 2000 species of invertebrates.

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We all know that Hawaii is a very unique place. In addition to its volcanic origin and diversity of beauty and attractions, the islands attract visitors because of their geographic isolation.

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This is an extremely personal call since each type of boat is very different. Keep in mind that you will be going to see the very same areas but the issue being discussed is simply regarding the type of vessel you will be taking.

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Like Dorothy would say in the Wizard of Oz,'we're not in Kansas anymore'. That is the way that all visitors should view their relationship with the beautiful oceans that surround Hawaii.

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he Pacific Ocean waters just offshore from Kona on the Big Island are the habitat of an amazing variety of big game fish. In Kona’s waters you can catch everything from mahimahi to wahoo to skipjack and yellowfin tuna.

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Some folks on the mainland may suddenly discover that they may have a lace bug problem in their flower garden. At first, it’s not easy to figure out because these garden pests are only about 1/8 of an inch long.

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Billionaire Larry Ellison, the tech industry titan, already owns 98% of the former Pineapple Isle. Now he wants to buy Lanai’s power plant and grid from Hawaiian Electric.

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Few visitors think about visiting wineries when planning vacations in Hawaii. They don’t know what they’re missing. One of the most special destinations in the islands happens to be MauiWine on Maui’s Ulupalakua Ranch.

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Each of Hawaii's 400-plus species of fish has its own unique role in the nearshore environment and seeks out a different habitat. Some fish are at home in sandy bottom areas, others in boulder-strewn waters off rocky shorelines.

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Over the next year Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) will try to root out illegal vacation rentals (VRs). Everyone knows, of course including the city, that over the years illegal VRs have proliferated on Oahu, in spite of a three-decades-old ban.

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Almost every day there’s another announcement from community leaders in Hawaii about initiatives to protect the state’s environment. Just recently, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu announced its elimination of the sale of all single-use plastics on its campus.

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Previous video articles by Tom Barefoot’s Tours have discussed the importance of residents and visitors using reef-safe sunscreens to protect coral reefs around Hawaii.

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No one should be surprised that Paradise has a housing shortage, especially on Oahu which has about 40% of future housing needs. According to recent projections, Hawaii will need an additional 65,000 housing units statewide by 2025.

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On Hawaii's Big Island protests by Native Hawaiians have flared for years against the construction of an 18-story telescope atop the volcano Mauna Kea.

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If you are concerned about sharks in Hawaii, you have good precedent to be concerned. Over the past couple of centuries of history regarding shark attacks there has been plenty of evidence confirming attacks have taken place and people have lost their lives.

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Most people will overlook the value of taking a helicopter flight of Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island when they first arrive on the island.

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Sandalwood has always been one of the most enjoyable fragrances to be used in spa treatments the world over. Its likability is almost universal.

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Hawaiians believe that a person’s spiritual essence (mana) resides within their bones (iwi). Following death, iwi were considered sacred because within the bones resided a person's mana.

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We all know that Hawaii is a very unique place. In addition to its volcanic origin and diversity of beauty and attractions, the islands attract visitors because of their geographic isolation.

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Parasailing wasn't introduced as an activity in Hawaii until the early 1980's. It was popular from the start but it was operated in a completely different manner in those days.

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An important part of the job of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is to overcome preconceived notions about Hawaii that discourage tourism. Tourism is too important (21% of the state’s economy) for Hawaii’s image as a vacation destination to be mainly a place where mom and dad or grandma go, although their importance for Hawaii's tourism cannot be overstated.

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An important part of the job of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is to overcome preconceived notions about Hawaii that discourage tourism. Tourism is too important (21% of the state’s economy) for Hawaii’s image as a vacation destination to be mainly a place where mom and dad or grandma go, although their importance for Hawaii's tourism cannot be overstated.

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As is true of most life forms who find themselves introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, wild or feral pigs like it here, they thrive here and they are multiplying in great numbers here.

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Introduced into the Hawaiian Islands by Polynesians,leis were constructed of flowers,leaves,shells,seeds,nuts,feathers and even the teeth of animals. According to the history of the Hawaiian lei, ancient Hawaiians wore leis for adornment and, in some instances, beautification.

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Perhaps the ultimate symbol of Hawaiian culture known throughout the world is the Hawaiian flower lei. For decades Hawaiian visitors have been greeted at the airport with the gift of a flower lei placed ceremoniously around their neck and shoulders accompanied by a kiss.

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Ukuleles suddenly appearing or arriving in Hawaii is a small but really interesting part of the history of the state.A British clipper ship named the SS Ravenscrag arrived in Honolulu on Aug 23, 1879, from the island of Madeira, Portugal.

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Of all the aspects of Hawaiian culture that are known in mainland America and other countries perhaps the one most notable icon is the Hula Skirt. Everyone has seen the cheesy or 'camp' car dashboard attachment of a hula girl with skirt that moves side by side as the car moves and turns with the traffic.

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The next Hawaiian island is being formed right now and is expected to make its debut on the world stage in (perhaps) tens of thousands of years. The island already even has a name, Lo'ihi.

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First of all, let’s define a zipline. A zipline consists of a suspended cable with a sliding pulley. Ziplines usually are made of a stainless-steel cable mounted between two points on an incline.

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Could there be any doubt that dolphins love to have a good time. Being animals at the top tier of intelligence in the animal kingdom the dolphin often spends its spare time simply frolicking and having fun.

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The very largest of the Marlins are the Blue Marlins and of all the possible trophy fish found anywhere in the world, this is the prize! Yes, they are found in large numbers throughout the islands of Hawaii but they, and related species, are found throughout the tropical and subtropical oceans of the world.

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Possibly the most colorful bark found on any tree in the world can be found in Hawaii and it is referred to as the Rainbow Eucalyptus. Originally coming from the Philippines this beautiful tree can now be seen in various places in Hawaii and is most famously found on the Hana Highway where a beautiful stand of trees can be seen just off the roadside.

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Thanks to the Hawaii State Division of Forestry, the Napali Forest Reserve area is managed as a wilderness. A rich variety of native plant species thrive in the Reserve and along its trails.

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The islands of Hawaii are one of the largest resort destinations in the United States and this is not because of their spectacular beauty alone but also of course because of the fabulous weather found here.

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Many life forms have in various ways found their way over vast distances to the Hawaiian Islands and then have evolved and adapted to the conditions they found here.

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The Big Island is located south of the Tropic of Cancer. The sun's rays, this close to the equator are much more intense than many Hawaii visitors are used to.

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Water temperature is a constant concern for people coming to visit Hawaii. This is one of the most asked questions we receive from Hawaii visitors prior to their arrival.

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Retiring at the age of 40 in Hawaii certainly sounds wonderful – that is, for those who qualify. However, according to a recent analysis by Seattle-based Redfin Corp, candidates need to have a household income of about $185,000 per year and managed to save about $80,000 per year for their almost 20 years in the workforce.

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The mongoose was deliberately brought from India to the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai in 1883 to assist with the rat problem that existed in the sugar plantations.

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In most places chickens are in cages but in Hawaii there is a large population of feral chickens who live in the wild. This is true of all islands but to a larger extent on the island of Kauai where it is speculated that large quantities of birds were loosed from their cages during both hurricanes Iwa and Iniki and have been wandering in the wild ever since.

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Since day one the islands of Hawaii have been a magnet for all sorts of life forms that could make the long journey from anywhere else on the planet to the islands.

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The Big Island is coffee drinkers’ paradise. The vast majority of the hundreds of coffee farms in Hawaii are on the Big Island. Other islands also have sizeable coffee operations.

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Tours & activities account for about 10% of global travel spending annually. Increasingly travelers are seeking out activities and tours that exactly fit the experiences that they want, their values, physical capabilities, and other personal needs and preferences.

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Tours & activities account for about 10% of global travel spending annually. Increasingly travelers around the world and in Hawaii are seeking out activities and tours that exactly fit the experiences that they want, their values, physical capabilities, and other personal needs and preferences.

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Most basically a travel agency and its travel agents sell travel products and services on behalf of suppliers such as airlines, steamship companies, railways, bus companies, car rental firms, hotels and sightseeing operators.

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For the professional surfer, the famous Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu is one of the most sought-after surfing competition titles in the world.

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The ancient art of fire dancing that shows up in the history of luaus began hundreds of years ago by the people of Polynesia. Although it’s not possible to pin-point exactly where in the 4,000 square miles of Polynesia fire dancing began, it is believed that the Maori people of New Zealand actually were the first pioneers in the long evolution of the fire dance from its origins with “poi.

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Every Hawaiian island is unique and very different from the others. Partly because of these differences, each island in Hawaii offers special and unusual activities and tours.

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Americans take less vacation time than they did in decades past and want to make the most of their vacation days. They are doing a great deal of online travel research.

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Waimea Canyon, often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is a mile wide, more than 3,600-feet deep and 14 miles long. Quite small by comparison to the Grand Canyon in Arizona (277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep), Waimea Canyon provides panoramic vistas, deep valley gorges and, in combination with Kokee State Park, great hiking options.

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Walking on the soft white sand of a beautiful beach in Hawaii is what we all dream about. Are we aware how truly amazing this exercise is for us however?

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The accolades are endless regarding the beauty of the Na Pali Coastline on the North Shore of Kauai. Why do so many people think this is the most beautiful piece of coast line they have ever seen? It is because this is the most beautiful piece of coastline they have ever seen.

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Travel publications these days all have articles on the topic of wellness travel. Basically wellness travel to any destination is for the purpose of rejuvenation.

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So many of the things we observe about whales and their behavior are a mystery to us. Explanations about many topics regarding whales are simply conjecture or best case likelihoods but in reality are only good guesses.

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Humpback whales are found in every ocean in the world. Their Latin name, Megaptera novaeangliae ("big wing of New England") refers to giant pectoral fins which can grow up to 16 feet long.

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Every Hawaiian island is different and they all have special activities that are unusual and well suited for that particular island.  There are special Maui activities and Maui tours that fit the bill for this island as well.

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In the following list provided by Tom Barefoot's Tours, you will see the most popular categories of Kauai activities and Kauai tours based upon popularity.

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Maui has snorkel spots all around the island. There are plenty of places where you will find both fish and coral formations. What you may not find so easily is good access to your snorkel location, and a safe place to snorkel.

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Yes there are literally hundreds of Oahu activities and Oahu tours that are available on the island.  What many people don't realize is that Oahu has some really unique tours that you simply wouldn't expect.

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As we do on each of the islands, we will give you a ranking here of the 10 most popular Maui activities and Maui tours.  This is important information for you, particularly on Maui, because, the activities that are most popular are also the ones that book up first.

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Kauai Tours and Kauai Activities are very different than those found on the other Hawaiian islands.  The primary reason for this has to do with the geography of the island of Kauai.

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The Big Island delivers primordial experiences, and these experiences translate easily into Big Island tours and Big Island activities as you will shortly see.

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Since the mid nineteen hundreds the highest mountains on the Big Island and Maui have been the homes of some of the most expensive and sophisticated observatories on the planet.

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Horses became important in Hawaii, and in Kauai, as a result of the introduction of cattle to the islands. In 1793, Captain George Vancouver brought the first cattle to the Big Island.

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Hawaii is lucky enough to have three islands where you can take a submarine ride. Atlantis Submarines operates from Waikiki Beach on Oahu, from Kailua-Kona on the Big Island and from Lahaina on Maui! If you haven't taken one of these adventures you are missing out and here is why.

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Where ever you come from you are most certainly familiar with the mosquito. Perhaps unpleasantly familiar. Not only do they cause bites and itchy welts on the skin but they can occasionally be a carrier of various diseases such as Malaria, Dengue Fever or Zika.

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So, most people will determine which month they will visit Hawaii based upon vacations and time off work, time off from school or weather conditions in their local regions.

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First of all, let's define a breach. A breach is often considered to have occurred when a whale launches above the ocean's surface with over 40% of its body completely out of the water.

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Diamond Head Crater is perhaps the most recognized geologic formation in the Hawaiian Islands. With the most recognized beach in Hawaii at its base (Waikiki Beach) it is no wonder that Diamond head is such an iconic feature.

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Each of the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island, will generally have a couple of companies that will offer a 'doors off' flight.

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There is no question that of all the helicopters flown in Hawaii, the A-Star helicopter and its newer cousin, the ECO-Star, are the aircraft of choice used by most helicopter touring companies on Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.

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The chances of swimming with dolphins while you're on Maui are less then they are on the islands of Oahu or Hawaii. The big reason why it is not likely that you will actually be able to get into the water and swim with dolphins on Maui is that in order to do so on a regular basis, you need to be able to predict exactly where they will be.

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There is something exciting about seeing a shipwreck. It's intriguing and somehow mysterious. The huge tanker that is wrecked on the eastern coast of Lanai makes a visit there all that more exciting.

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People are always curious to know about the dangerous creatures we have here in Hawaii like poisonous snakes and poisonous insects. There are of course no poisonous snakes in Hawaii but the fact is that considering the quantities of species that live in Hawaii we actually have relatively few animals or insects that can do you significant harm.

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