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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Attractive Timeless Country Victorian Home Plans

Attractive Timeless Country Victorian Home Plans

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Attractive Timeless Country Victorian Home Plans

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus statue Rodos is Helios, which is located on the island of Rodos, Greece, made by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. This statue is considered a 7 ancient wonders of the world. Before kehancurannya, this statue stands over 30 meters, some of the highest statue in the world kuna. Colossus of Rodos have almost the same level with the Liberty Statue.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

{ Autumn is upon us }

According to your thermometer it may not feel like Fall but the back to school supplies are out and soon to follow is your Fall Decor. Fall is the best! Think how long you can leave everything out, practically until Christmas, so it makes it easier to justify a little splurge!
They are here! We know you've been waiting.
Our fall insert for the interchangeable square wreath.
"Fall Greeting with Pumpkin"
$32.00 for 10x10 Insert and Square Wreath or
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Large Sunflower Welcome hanger $28.50
I love the nails in the center of the flower and Fall berries

Autumn Greetings Hanger with pumkin, moss and berries $24.50
Great for the front door or even propped on a shelf.

Autumn Pumpkin with Heart and Star

These items are crafted by hand so the beauty is no two will look exactly alike.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Sharks, Rays, Whales on the most Watched youtube Travel Video

More Hawaii ocean life, you ask, what is that for? Just wait a minute and I will explain.

Actually, the sharks, rays, whales and fish you are about to see are ocean creates also live in Hawaii's ocean waters but these sharks, rays and whales do live in the 2nd biggest aquarium (biggest one is in Georgia, Atlanta) in the world, in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan

I can't believe this coincidence. One minute, I am writing my blog post about the wonderful book 'Sharks and Rays of Hawaii' and shortly after, when cruising my favorite Hawaii ocean blog 'The Right Blue', I come across this most awesome and amazing youtube video shot by video producer Jon Rowlinson! This is one of those miracle stories which twitter + tweets, youtube and the world wide web can make happen.

I just read on @jonrowlinson the following tweet:

Kuroshio sea is the top rated travel video on youtube...of all time. http://bit.ly/AZhJ9 Wait, it got a higher rating than Matt dancin??

Long story short. Here is Jon Rowlinson's famous youtube video displayed on Best Hawaii Vacation blog for your convenience and of course, for getting you all excited to watch all the fantastic ocean life in real nature on your next Hawaii vacation. Don't know how close you want to be to the sharks though. Watching sharks through the glass walls of an aquarium feels definitely safer.

Kuroshio Sea by Jon Rowlinson - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world

Here is what Jon says about the aquarium:

"The main tank called the 'Kuroshio Sea' holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world’s second largest acrylic glass panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank." Let's not forget to mention that music is "Please don't go" by the group 'Barcelona'.

So, what do you think about the video, sharks, rays, aquarium, music and all? Mahalo for your comments. Aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations

Nordic Architecture: Norwegian Contemporary Villa Design

Norway architect Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture have been on a quest to come up with a futuristic, fashion-forward and functional villa in Hjellestad, Norway. A great example of Nordic architecture, the villa comes with a sculptural facade and lots of windows to flood the interior with sunlight. Built over three symmetric main modules, the inside of the villa adds to the whole contemporary feeling with custom furniture, large open spaces and mild colors that contrast in the most stunning way. It comes with an open-concept family room, three children’s bedrooms and a play room, a kitchen, the den, the master bedroom and this stunning staircase.

Norway architect Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture have been on a quest to come up with a futuristic, fashion-forward and functional villa in Hjellestad, Norway. A great example of Nordic architecture, the villa comes with a sculptural facade and lots of windows to flood the interior with sunlight. Built over three symmetric main modules, the inside of the villa adds to the whole contemporary feeling with custom furniture, large open spaces and mild colors that contrast in the most stunning way. It comes with an open-concept family room, three children’s bedrooms and a play room, a kitchen, the den, the master bedroom and this stunning staircase.

London House Blends Contemporary and Classic in a Very Charismatic Way

If you’re like me you think that the style of the house has to be either contemporary or either classic, but can you imagine that such a mix could be as charming as this London house? With sky blue wallpaper and white interior furniture, there’s no way for you to deny the calming ambiance you’re being transferred to. The mind-blowing atmosphere is being supplemented with a large Kitchen dining room area, a great dual aspect living room with wicked (I think that’s the good word) furniture and interesting details, a large chimney breast, a gorgeous bedroom and open plan bathroom with a free standing bath and a glass shower area. Makes you crave for one, eh? – via

Sunday, July 26, 2009

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Ocean Life in Hawaii

Aloha Hawaii Lovers,
After we talked about the big fish in Hawaii's ocean like Ono, Ahi, Mahimahi, Marlin and the big game fishing season, which has arrived in Hawaii, specifically in Kona Hawaii with the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, we decided to stay in the water, the water of the Pacific Ocean around the Hawaiian Islands. Let's talk more about ocean life in Hawaii.

Eagle Ray photo by Jennifer Crites
Those of you who have been following our Best Hawaii Vacation blog since we started this blog in July 2006 - Oh my, it's another blog anniversary, the 3rd! - have seen lots of great Hawaii photos taken by our friend Jennifer Crites, renowned Oahu Hawaii photographer and travel magazine writer. However, when Jennifer needed to have foot surgery after a hiking accident on Oahu, she was not able to continue to follow up with more Hawaii photos or guests posts like '5 Best Photo Tips for Your Hawaii Vacation' for our blog. We had to fill in the blanks with Kawika's beautiful and sexy Wahine girls of Hawaii - I am sure the guys did not mind - and our own amateur photos of Hawaii.

Today's blog post is about catching up with our dear friend, Jennifer Crites. Good news is that she is back to her busy schedule taking photos of our beautiful Hawaiian Islands, writing interesting articles for travel magazines, and now listen, she is also in the midst of writing a mystery book, which picks up the strong spirituality of native Hawaiians for 'weaving' the story. When the book is on the shelves of the bookstores, we will let you know.

Speaking with Jennifer about her latest book project, reminded us that this is not Jennifer's first book. Her first fiction book, yes.

Book Cover 'Sharks and Rays of Hawaii'Jennifer actually wrote together with her partner in life, Gerald Crow, longtime manager at the Waikiki Aquarium, a fascinating book about 'Sharks and Rays of Hawaii', which was published in 2002. If you can get your hands on this book, you won't be disappointed. Amazing, there are 40 species of sharks and 9 species of rays living in the ocean around the Hawaiian Islands, yet, little do we know about them. There is so much in the book that is fascinating. Here are the reasons why we, Keoki and myself, love this book.

5 Reasons why 'Sharks and Rays of Hawaii' belongs on the best seller list of Hawaii books

There are about 400 photos in the book. There are NO all-text pages. About 60 % of the photos were taken by Jennifer Crites. Other photos were contributed by underwater photographers and scientists from all over the world.
There are exciting stories from people who've had unusual encounters with sharks and rays.
There's also a chapter on the early Hawaiians, their shark gods, how they used shark teeth for weapons and shark skin on their drums, how they co-existed with sharks and rays, and some of their legends.
There's information about staying safe from sharks while swimming in the ocean, and how to recognize the different types of sharks, which ones might hurt you and which ones you don't have to worry about.
There are a lot of "Wow, I didn't know that about sharks!" facts in the book. Kids like to read that sharks, when they have a tummy ache, can push their stomachs out through their mouths, wash them in sea water, and pull them back in again. It's called "gastric eversion."

Shark researcher Jerry Crow handles a potentially dangerous situation: getting this five-foot-long and incredibly strong blacktip shark back into the water after a checkup.
Now, you can understand that 'Sharks and Rays of Hawaii' does not only attract the adult audience but kids alike. It's educational and entertaining at the same time. This is definitely a book which will keep your and your kids' attention on your next flight to Hawaii.It makes a great gift too.

Well, you may want to own your own copy of 'Sharks and Rays of Hawaii' and peruse through it with your kids leisurely. Amazon makes it possible with used books as low as $4.49 a book. We'd love to hear from our readers who have read the book and tell us how they liked it. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations
Last but not least, here is a short bio about Gerald Crow who co-authored the book "Sharks and Rays of Hawaii" with Jennifer Crites. Jerry is a well-known science researcher who has been interviewed for many TV programs and has appeared nationally on the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" and on Animal Planet. He's also featured in the Discovery Channel's book, "Sharks." He's currently doing research on jellyfish.

Another shark researcher Steve faces off--teeth to teeth--with a crocodile shark.