Happy New Year to all! 2010 was certainly a fabulous year filled with many glorious adventures and it looks like 2011 will be a continuation of the same. On January 4th, I will be heading to Maui where we hope to spend time watching the humpback whales. One of the largest parts of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary is just steps from our home in Maui, viewable from Ka’anapali Beach. This time of year marks the beginning of the peak of the whale sighting season and you can often see them tail and fin slapping or breaching right from the beach. It’s not unusual to see them just at the drop off point, hanging just at the surface, their humps conspicuously sticking out from the ocean’s surface. If you have a good pair of binoculars, (I recommend the Canon Image Stabilizer Binoculars), then you can see a good distance. I’ve spent the better part of many days on the beach, under an umbrella, watching these gentle giants. It’s also great to view them on a kayak tour, from a stand-up paddle board, or in the comfort of one of the many whale watching boats. Aloha!