Decided to take a drive to Makakilo to check out the brushfire that has been going off since last week Friday. Two seven-year-old brothers are believed to have ignited the brushfire after playing with a lighter that they found. While I was there, I did see Honolulu Fire Department helicopters dropping water over hot spots. It is estimated that the state has so far spent over $54,000 to extinguish the fire.
Lucy’s Lab Creamery is a brand new hole-in-the-wall on Kamakee Street, just down the road from McKinley High School and next to Harry’s Cafe. The bright blue, walls offer a visual escape from the Lab’s drab and dated neighbors. It’s almost as if Lucy’s Lab was plucked from either the hipster friendly Kakaako or the rejuvenated Kaimuki and dropped in the middle of nowhere.
CabaRAE is definitely a show-stopper, bringing sexy back to Waikiki with feats of strength, aerial artistry, comedy, song, and dance. The performers, coming from countries such as Austria, Canada, Russia, France, and the United States, kept the audience engaged throughout the show with their “Random Acts of Entertainment.”
SpoCom, the global automotive exhibition, made it to Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Hawaii during its tour. Much like Hot Import Nights, the event features the host locations top imports, various vendors, and models. Along with go-go dancing and a bikini contest, there was a fashion show by Dollz For Days. Also see more pictures taken by Travis Okimoto from the event and the after party.
Courtyard Cinema is a monthly film series presented in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Consolidated Theaters. Tickets are free, but seating (and the free popcorn) are on a first come first served basis. Film buffs tend to queue up early to get first dibs on the comfy, yellow lounge chairs.
Lana’i Lookout on the Southern East coast of Oahu offers an ideal spot for Honolulu residents to practice astrophotography. Nestled behind Koko Crater and not too far from Hanauma Bay, this scenic lookout is packed with tourists and experienced divers during the day and offers a wide view of a mostly dark sky at night where the Milky Way is strongly visible during the summer months. While the darkness here does not rival Kaena Point or Mokuleia, it is a shorter drive for the majority of the residents on the island. The first time I would ever shoot stars would be here and I would return multiple times with new gear and ideas.
Having taken over the space of my once favorite southern food joint on the island, Kiss My Grits, I stepped into the Nook Neighborhood Bistro with a bit of resistance. All was forgiven, though, once I took my first bite into those mochi waffles. Oh those mochi waffles. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
The highest point for the largest mountain on Oahu resides between Nu’uanu and Manoa valleys. Much like the other 2 prominent peaks on the island, Ka’ala and Ohulehule, Konahuanui has multiple approaches varying in difficulty. The shortest route to Konahuanui would be starting in Nu’uanu with the Kalawahine trail and connecting to the Pauoa Flats trail, but parking is a little risky. For our recent hike, we would start with the popular and well maintained Manoa Falls trail and use 15+ switchbacks and multiple steep hills to reach Konahuanui.