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Midwinter Escape to Hawaii's Big Island:
Hiking, Kayaking, Yoga, & Humpback Whales
February 7-14, 1999
Rating: H-L/Easy-Moderate
Cost: $1395
Deposit: $300
What better way to break away from the mainland winter than a trip to Hawaii! Our accommodations are in A-frame cabins on Hapuna Bay on the Big Island's warm Kona Coast. Temperatures will most likely be in the 70s and 80s, and Hapuna Beach with its fine golden sand, clear water, and gorgeous scenery, is the ultimate tropical beach.

Our hikes take us to a magical turquoise - blue lagoon with basking green sea turtles, to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; to rain forests and waterfalls. And at this time of year, you'll be treated to the grand spectacle of humpback whales in the waters of the Kohala area around Hapuna Beach - it's likely that you can observe whales daily from right in front of our beach-front cabins. Exercise Physiologist Tacy Weeks Hahn teaches daily yoga and meditation. Carole Latimer has been guiding trips in the islands since 1980, is well-acquainted with the cuisine of Hawaii, and will be turning out fabulous feasts for your dining pleasure. Hawaii Swim

We'll also do a kayaking overnight on the south Kona coast with veteran Hawaiian kayaker Betsy Morrigan. Beginners will have no problem with this easy paddle, and if you want more kayaking you can go further down the coast with Betsy to explore and see marine wildlife. "Dolphins," says Betsy, "seem to enjoy accompanying kayakers and will leap and frolic next to us as we paddle." Beach potato or avid hiker and kayaker - you'll love this great escape from the mid-winter blahs!

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