Monthly Archives: August 2009

Site Seeing on Vacation

For many tourists who visit Hawaii on a beach vacation, site seeing is the most important part of their trip.  Luckily, Hawaii has plenty of attractions to satisfy even the pickiest traveler’s needs.  Because tourism is the largest economic driver in the state, there are several companies devoted to touring visitors around and pointing out some of Hawaii’s most unique, but often hidden, places to see.  Roberts Hawaii is one of the state’s oldest and largest tour companies.  Focused on streamlining the site seeing experience, Roberts Hawaii offers a number of fun activities and attractions that make site seeing a fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

On Oahu, the show Magic of Polynesia features John Hirokawa as master illusionist and takes guests on an epic ride through Hawaiian culture and magic.  Roberts Hawaii’s Stars and Strips Tour explores several local patriotic places, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Historic Honolulu, and the Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.  The Alii Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise is especially popular with its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Waikiki, beautiful sunset view, and scrumptious local food.  On the island of Hawaii, Roberts offers an evening volcano special tour that winds its way through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in order to catch a glimpse of the red glow of fresh lava flowing into the ocean.

Evolution

In biology, evolution is defined as the change in the genetic makeup of animals from one generation to the next. Although these changes are minute and often unnoticeable between a single generation, the effects evolution may have on a species over many generations, often over a span of thousands of years, are quite drastic and sometimes even result in the emergence of a new species. The term evolution often goes hand in hand with the famous phrase, “Survival of the fittest” because evolution is the process in which animals are able to adapt to the constantly changing environment and ecosystems in order to better suit them for their survival.

Evolution is based on the fact that genes are passed from one generation to the next. Although very little of the genetic makeup changes between a single generation, the process of genetic variation, mutations, and genetic recombinations over long periods of time is what results in the evolution of a species. Evolution is also greatly influenced by mechanisms known as genetic drift and natural selection, which result in animals with evolutionary traits that increase their chance of survival becoming more dominant than animals with evolutionary traits that do not increase the animal’s chance of survival. One of the most famous scientists to study evolution and even propose the theory of evolution is Charles Darwin, who published his findings in On the Origin of Species.

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