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Happy 2nd Birthday, To Us!

Before we say goodbye to the month of August, I’d like to thank all of our wonderful and dedicated readers. Exploration: Hawaii has made it to see its second year anniversary of existence on the Interwebs. Since our inception in August 2011, we have documented over 160+ different hikes. That’s a lot of hiking. That’s also a lot of sweat, mud, laughs, bumps, and bruises. Most of these hikes are based on Oahu, but, we’ve also began exploring the outer islands, like Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Our 2nd year culminated with a 4-day backpacking trip through Haleakala Crater. We’re stoked, and we’re excited to continue exploring this wonderful state.

I had made a few goals when we celebrated our 1st birthday, such as a new logo (check), filling the gaps on our hikes page (ongoing), more outer-island content (check), and guest posts from other Hawaii adventurers (working on this). For year three, I’d like to set a couple more goals. I really would like to complete all of the accessible hikes listed under the Oahu section of our hikes page. I’d like to get a regular guest writer, preferably from the outer-island. Finally, I’d like to start a weekly newsletter with exclusive content and photos.

Again, thank you to all of our dedicated readers and supporters. If you haven’t already done so, we would appreciate it if you like us on Facebook, tweet about us, and link back to Exploration: Hawaii. Tell your friends about us and we’ll love you forever.

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The Luxurious Grand Wailea At Night

For my 32nd birthday, my wife Michelle swept me away to Maui’s luxurious Grand Wailea. The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is known for its winding paths, world-renown collection of art, and open-air architecture.

We arrived in Maui late in the evening, and by the time we reached the the Grand Wailea, it was already dark. The first thing that catches your eye is a large sweeping waterfall to the right of the main lobby. To the left, is a large statue of King Kamehameha by local legend, Herb Kane. Both Michelle and I were eager to jump out of our Dodge Charger to check out what the resort had to offer. I was especially excited to see what our room looked like.