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Hipstamatic Inspired Vol. 3: Exploring Historic Haleiwa Town and Waialua

Hipstamic is a strangely satisfying analog-inspired app for the iPhone that I’ve really found a renewed interest in. This series of posts aims to place the focus a bit more on the photos rather than the words. In Volume 3, we feature a collection of Hipstamatic photos taken during a drive through historic Haleiwa town and Waialua.

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Products

Kahtoola MICROspikes and a T-Shirt

Kahtoola, the brand behind the popular MICROspikes, sent me a tee and some stickers. Thanks guys! MICROspikes were designed by Kahtoola as portable ice traction gear. Think lightweight and easy to put-on crampons. Considering these were made for icy terrain, why would I even mention this product on Exploration: Hawaii. Hawaii isn’t really known for snow, sure, but local hikers have adopted the use of MICROspikes when hiking the muddy terrain of the Koolau Mountain Range and other trails throughout Hawaii.

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Activities

Christmas Tree Hunting in Hawaii at Helemano Farms

On the mainland, it’s not uncommon for families to go to a Christmas tree farm to choose a Christmas tree to bring home and then decorate. In Hawaii, not so much. Here, we are usually stuck with whatever local stores have sitting inside Matson shipping containers. These are Christmas trees that are shipped to us from the mainland. SPAM is not the only thing thats coming to us from Minnesotta, our Christmas trees do too. So I was taken by surprise and became very enthused when I learned of a local Christmas tree farm that was just a thirty minute drive away. A tropical island in the middle of the Pacific … with a Christmas tree farm? Yep.

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Beaches Photography

Hipstamatic Inspired Vol. 2: Camping at Malaekahana Beach

Hipstamic is a strangely satisfying analog-inspired app for the iPhone that I’ve really found a renewed interest in. This series of posts aims to place the focus a bit more on the photos rather than the words. In Volume 2, we feature a collection of Hipstamatic photos taken on a recent camping trip to Malaekahana State Recreation Area. This was actually our first time camping as a group, and my first time camping in many years. It was outrageously fun.

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Site News

Happy Thanksgiving: 2012 Edition

Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i or Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Exploration: Hawaii to all of you. It’s your duty today to eat a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie. Calories you say? Don’t worry about the calories, you can always burn them off on an island adventure on Black Friday. And since you’ve got tons to select from (see the archives) choosing one won’t be a problem. Be safe out there and happy trails!

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Activities Beaches

X-Treme Parasail: 700 Feet of Line and A Bird’s Eye View of Diamond Head

The thought of being attached to a rope midair while simultaneously being pulled by a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean never really appealed to me. That is, of course, until I tried it. Enter X-Treme Parasail, Oahu’s “largest watersports company.”

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Activities

Pumpkin Picking at the Aloun Farms Pumpkin Patch

Michelle and I made the drive out from town to Kapolei yesterday eager to visit the pumpkin patch at Aloun Farms. It’s been years since we last visited the patch. The last time that we went pumpkin picking must have been pre-2007. How do I know? Easy. I checked my iPhone camera roll and found zero pumpkin photos. And since my iPhone cameral roll contains the memory of everything that I’ve done/seen/touched/tasted since my very first iPhone in 2007 then our last pumpkin adventure must have predated the original iPhone. This post might be about pumpkins, but boy, am I an Apple fan.

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Wake Up, We’re Here – The Great American Misadventure

A few weeks ago I posted about Kenji Croman’s awesome Kickstarter Project, Chasing Waves. Well, here’s another Kickstarter project for you to drop some cash on. Trust me, it’ll be worth the 20+ bucks. John Hook and the Analog Sunshine Recorders (ASR), a collective of local Hawaii photographers dedicated to the art of analog (non-digital) photography, plans to travel 3000 miles across America over 18 days to create a 64 page book of roadtrip goodness.