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.
The following is a guest post written by Oahu based photographer and filmographer, Casey Bassett. A few days ago, I stumbled on this reel of shots put together by Casey on Facebook. I reached out to Casey and asked him to share a few words about his video with the readers of Exploration: Hawaii. He kindly accepted.
I can’t get enough of the outdoors! I love the mountains and the trees, as well as the waterfalls and the smell of plants after a morning rain. I love the way the sun rises and sets beyond the ocean’s edge.
I stumbled across this neat little vintage promotional film about Hawaii a few days. The short, 10-minute film, was produced by Hearst Metrotone News in 1959. It’s interesting to see how the city of Honolulu looked back then. The video offers a glimpse into bustling downtown Honolulu, emphasizing how the streets in the city are “typically American.”
Three years of blogging about hiking in Hawaii has zipped by so very fast. We’ve documented over 215+ different hikes across the State of Hawaii. What’s even more amazing is that we’ve gone beyond just blogging about hiking in Hawaii. Over the last year, we started covering various local and cultural events (thanks Marvin) and the Hawaii food and restaurant scene. As always, we’ve placed a huge emphasis on photography, and providing you with the best narrative and advice possible. We love sharing our experiences with all of you.