CooLHeadS, Lassoing the Sun, Outrigger Resorts' Waikiki Music Lovers

It's easy to get excited when thinking about travel. The thought of new experiences and exotic places can really crank up the heat. But it's important to keep a cool head at all times. And well, we're having a little fun here, but the first segment of our travel news column will show you just exactly how to keep a cool head while traveling or anytime!

The CooLHeaD is a piece of headgear made from ultra-soft and absorbent terry cloth that offers 100% sun protection that is perfect for any outdoor activity. Shaped like a hood, the CooLHeaD has an inner band system that allows the headwear to fit snuggly but comfortably, and since it drapes down to just below the shoulder line, it also keeps the back of your neck from getting too much exposure from the sun. So as not to absorb heat, CooLHeadS are white but they're trimmed with a variety of colors for those who wish to be fashionable while they stay cool: Yellow, black, blue, red, pink, green and orange trim are available. CooLHeadS are discounted for the summer and can be purchased for $14.99 - $19.99. Learn more here

"Lassoing the Sun"
The National Park System turns 100-years-old this year and of all the celebrations and special events tied-in to the occasion, few are as special as the new book by Mark Woods, "Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks." In anticipation of the centennial, the author set out with the goal of visiting at least one national park a month over the course of a year (he made it to 15), intending to investigate what each visited park would need to endure for the enjoyment of future generations. The book turned out to be about a lot more than sustainability though; Woods was going to have his mom accompany him on a part of the journey, in honor of childhood family tradition, but she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away at her home in Tucson about half-way through Woods' park tour, right after he'd completed a visit to Yellowstone. But the whole book was written after his mom's death, so the narrative is colored, not with sadness, but with deeper appreciation. Each chapter also has a significance brought to it by (at least one) individual personality, like Gordon Hampton, an "acoustic ecologist" that Woods spent time with in Olympic National Park, exploring, you might say, the sounds of silence, and Lili Pew, who flavors the chapter about Acadia National Park as much as the park itself does. And that's the deal here; the book is really about people, Woods of course among them, and the setting for the stories and revelations just happens to be some of the most beloved places in America. Published by Thomas Dunne Books, "Lassoing the Sun" can be purchased here

Outrigger Resorts' Waikiki Music Lovers Packages
The iconic Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii have two special packages available now for those who'd like to hear some authentic Hawaiian music during their stay. The first package, exclusive to the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, is called the Rhythm & Blue Note Package and it starts at $259 per night (double occupancy) and includes two vouchers for an evening's entertainment (jazz, blues, Hawaiian music) at the resort's own world-famous Blue Note Hawaii club. Two standard drinks also come with the package. The other package, exclusive to the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, is called the Hawaiian Music Package and it starts at $275 per night, double occupancy. This package includes priority seating at the Kani Ka Pila Grille where some of Hawaii's most-legendary musicians and island artists of international renown perform on a nightly basis. The package also includes a pupu (appetizer) platter, a mai tai or other specialty drink and an autographed CD from the Kani Ka Pila Grille's featured music artist. For more information on fun to be had at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and for details on the special packages go here

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