Are You Putting Facebook Over Face Time?

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<p>(<a   href=NewsUSA) – Today’s technology allows us to stay in touch with extended networks of people -; but it comes with a downside. The more time we spend surfing the Web, tweeting or updating Facebook, the less time we spend with those closest to us.

Among the thousands of people I’ve taught, I often hear people complain they have a hard time connecting with their spouses and kids. Yet, I’ll bet many of them are well connected in Internet chat groups.

It is important to recognize whether technology is keeping you away from your family and friends. If you really have a problem regulating your use of technology, it helps to understand why you might turn to technology for fulfillment.

Do you feel like you are automatically turning on whatever electronic medium soothes you? This may be a sign that you have succumbed to what is known as the “iago trance” – a naturally occurring state of mind that lulls you into unconsciousness.

Huna, the ancient Hawaiian system of consciousness that I teach and practice, gives us tools to stay connected with the moment and the world around us. If technology is interfering with your real-world relationships, cut out screen time and do activities that keep you out of the trance. Here are some tips:

* Ask yourself whether technology is stopping you from meeting goals. At the end of the day, do you say, “I wish I had more time to work out, meditate, play with my kids or connect with my spouse”?

* Make a list of things that prevent you from being connected to your friends, family and loved ones, and pick one that you’re going to cut out.

* If a particular technology has you hooked, try cutting it out for a week to see what difference it makes in your life. Ask yourself whether you’re using it the way you originally intended, or is it keeping you in iago trance?

* Lay down boundaries for yourself and your family. For instance, try keeping your Facebook page very private and not just “friending” anyone.

* Find other “unplugged” ways to reduce stress, such as spending a few minutes outdoors in the fresh air or quietly in meditation or prayer.

I’d rather tell my wife good morning than tell the people on Facebook I just woke up. How about you?

Matthew B. James, Ph.D., is president of Kona University. His new book, “The Foundation of Huna: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times” details forgiveness and meditation techniques used in Hawaii for hundreds of years. To reach Dr. James, please e-mail him at

Why Hula When You Can Bula?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When Americans think about tropical paradise, their minds turn to Hawaii. But those in search of sun and island escapes — not crowds and high-end department stores — might want to think about visiting other areas of the South Pacific. For a more affordable, more authentic experience, just say “Bula” — the official greeting of Fiji.

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is a nation in the South Pacific known for its rich natural resources, scenery and friendly people. Those looking for white-sand beaches and bright blue waters will not be disappointed. The islands are surrounded by soft coral reefs, which provide a breathtaking underwater spectacle. Visitors can enjoy many one-of-a-kind adventures in a nation less expensive than many in the South Pacific.

Visitors to Hawaii are often surprised by the amount of development that has taken place on the islands. In Fiji, however, it is still possible to get back to nature. For example, Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa, an all-inclusive getaway on the island of Vanua Levu, situates its guests within 150 acres of tropical paradise. Surrounded by a coconut plantation, lavish rainforests and a private lagoon, the resort offers its guests a more authentic native experience than can be found at any staged luau.

Guests of Koro Sun Resort can enjoy an array of unique adventures. For example, on the resort’s Salt River Kayak trip, vacationers can explore the island’s largest salt lake while guides tell stories about area legends. Because the tour follows the tides, guests never have to paddle against the current. Those who want to spend time in, not on, the water, can swim with the dolphins in Natewa Bay. The South Pacific’s largest bay is home to several spinner dolphin pods and over 150 dolphins, making for one-of-a-kind snorkeling.

Guests interested in relaxation and rejuvenation can enjoy full spa amenities at the Rainforest Spa using all-natural ingredients.

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Why Hula When You Can Bula?

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Why Hula When You Can Bula?

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Children Benefit From Seeing Sealife

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When it comes to entertaining a child, it’s hard to beat what nature has to offer. Most kids love taking nature walks and trips to aquariums and zoos, and parents can rest easy knowing that these sorts of trips have an educational impact.

Why should parents make sure that their kids see the natural world? Consider the following:

– Studies show that children with access to nature suffer from less depression and stress, and are less likely to develop obesity. Exposure to nature may also boost kids’ attention spans, making them better learners.

– Seeing nature makes children more interested in the outside world. According to one report, most eight-year-old kids can identify more cartoon characters than wild animals.

– When children experience wildlife firsthand, they can better understand why conservation is important and how even the actions of land-locked states can help or harm the environment.

Regardless of where you live or vacation, there are many opportunities for children to see wildlife up close. Take sea turtles for example: according to Oceana, an international organization that focuses on ocean conservation, the United States is home to six species of sea turtles, all of which are in danger of extinction.

Unlike many ocean creatures, which require a boat or scuba gear for viewing, sea turtles are easily accessible. Children in landlocked states can see them in aquariums, while children with access to coastlines may be able to see sea turtles in the wild.

Some state and national parks lead moonlit nature walks, where children can see female sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Female sea turtles go into trances when they lay their eggs, so under a ranger’s supervision, children can come within a few feet of a wild sea turtle. Children can also often see wild sea turtles swimming in locations like Florida, Texas and Hawaii. People of all ages are more likely to want to help save sea turtles once they’ve seen one up close.

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Need to Cut Costs? Consider Dialing Up

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If you still have dial-up or are considering it, guess what? You are not alone. In fact, about 25 percent of Americans find dial-up to be a cost-effective and dependable consumer connection to the Internet.

A 2007 study by Pew Internet Research indicated that dial-up remains a strong player in the market. Among the prominent dial-up Internet service providers is LocalNet, who have been in business since 1994. It joins other recognizable ISP’s such as Earthlink, NetZero and AOL.

“Consumers who stay with dial-up or who are new Internet users enjoy having an attractive option, such as LocalNet, which is affordable, reliable and gets users the information that they want,” said Marc P. Silvestri, founder and president of LocalNet, the largest privately held Internet service provider in the U.S.

The Pew data show that 90 percent of dial-up users connect for e-mail, 80 percent to research hobbies and interests, and 60 percent for news.

Silvestri explained that dial-up subscribers appreciate the abundant benefits they receive at a cost that is usually substantially lower than DSL or cable.

“LocalNet succeeds because we provide all of the advantages of dial-up such as multiple e-mail accounts, easy access, and reliable service while keeping our monthly fee low,” he said.

LocalNet has had a monthly fee of $9.95 for 10 years, longer than any other dial-up provider. Their subscribers represent a cross section of consumers looking for a cost-effective way to get online. The service is also popular among those residing in vacation homes for a portion of the year, people living in rural areas, people who are new to the Internet, retirees and travelers.

To connect with dial-up, subscribers need a computer with a modem and a phone line. They dial a local phone number and connect to the network of their provider.

“LocalNet has 10,000 dial-in numbers throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii to ensure their subscribers get online quickly,” Silvestri said.

He indicated that LocalNet’s record of growth is just one sign that dial-up remains relevant. LocalNet ( has realized a 150 percent increase in subscribers since 2003, to a base that is now more than 260,000.