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Surfing in Kauai: A Visitors Guide

Surfing on the island of Kauai is one of those places that doesn’t get much hype. The movie companies have known this fact since the golden days.  Movies ranging the genre gamut like South Pacific, Jurassic Park, and Tropic Thunder have been filmed here, albeit always representing another location. Which is nice of Hollywood to not blow …

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The Hike to Hanakapiai: An Intro to Kauai’s Napali Coast

A Perfect Intro to the Na Pali Coast The famed Na Pali coast of Kauai is a region unlike anywhere in the world. Massive peaks protrude out of the sea creating a razor-edged horizon that can sometimes look like another world. There is everything you’d expect in a tropical island getaway (despite the fact that, …

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Kauai: The Garden Island – Get Your Bearings

Exploring Kauai Many people have probably seen images of Kauai but did not realize it. In movies, it has represented the faraway jungles of Vietnam in Tropic Thunder,  the prehistoric playground of Jurassic Park, and countless other movies. Very rarely does it depict itself. Most locals are happy with this fact. If Kauai ever became something like what its …

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4 Beginner Surf Spots on the North Shore

Originally Published on PACSAFE blog The North Shore of Oahu has attained legendary status as one of the most talked about coastlines on the planet.  The seven-mile stretch of coastline from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach, colloquially known as the “Seven Mile Miracle” is home to legendary waves like Pipeline, Waimea Bay, Rocky Point, and so …

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The Kalalau Valley: Welcome Home (Olukai Blog)

October 3, 2014 THE KALALAU VALLEY: WELCOME HOME The initial descent into Kalalau Valley looks as though you are on another planet.  The trail snakes down rolling red rocks, weathered by millions of years of erosion from the various elements present here. Wind, rain, salt water, steepness, and time all play a factor here, not …

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Interview With Kimi Werner: Champion Spearfisher, Artist, Traveller

As far as job descrip­tions go, Hawaii’s Kimi Werner has one that pretty much any­one on the planet would envy.  She trav­els the world explor­ing the deep ocean using no more than her fins and a spear­gun as tools. When she gets back home, she trades the spear­gun for a paint­brush, cre­at­ing daz­zling paint­ings inspired …

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How The World’s Best Prepare for the Billabong Pipe Masters

Call it the “Super­bowl of Surf­ing,” for two weeks in Decem­ber, the entire surf­ing world con­verges on Oahu’s north shore to wit­ness the biggest show in the water: The Bill­abong Pipe Masters. The Bill­abong Pipe Mas­ters is the final stop on the ASP world tour which deter­mines who holds the title of World Cham­pion. Win­ning at …

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The Kalalau Valley: Feel Her Energetic Welcome

Originally printed in Pique Newsmagazine Upon first glance of Kalalau valley, our first instinct was to head straight to the beach. While visible from our vantage point rounding the corner at one of the valley’s bookends, the descent to reach the water’s edge took over 45 minutes. The valley itself is vast, but you can …

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The Kalalau Trail: A journey into Paradise

Originally Published in Pique Newsmagazine It is well known as one of the most gruelling hikes in the entire Hawaiian islands. The almost 18-kilometre journey from Ke’e beach to Kalalau Valley traverses the northwest side of Kauai on a coastline known as the Na Pali Coast. Translated into English, “Na Pali” simply means “the cliffs.” …

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