A Wet and Wild Kayaking Journey To Mokulua Islands

Lanikai Beach has always been one of favorite beaches on the island of Oahu. Its crystal clear blue water, soft powdery sand, and scenic backdrop is the exact reason why Hawaii is a travel destination. As you sit on the shores of Lanikai, you’ll notice two small islands directly in front of you. These two islands, aptly named Na Mokulua, which in Hawaiian means The Two Islands, has always intrigued me. On any given day, schools of kayakers make the trip from either Lanikai Beach or the neighboring Kailua Beach Park, to “Mokes,” the name that the two islands is affectionately referenced to by locals. I’d finally get my chance to visit Mokes, and despite the trip being a wet one, it was definitely memorable, filled with both tragedy and love.


Waahila Ridge to Kolowalu: An Easy Stroll At The Top of Saint Louis Heights

I’ve been a little obsessed with the Honolulu Mauka Trail System as of late. This trail system consists of 18 different trails, many of which can be connected to create longer hikes. Some of the variations that we have done and have featured on this site include:

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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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!

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.”