Pumpkins are to Halloween as rainbow poopies are to unicorns. Being that it was Halloween, the Animal Heads Super Team had to pay a visit to a legitimate pumpkin patch. The Waimanalo Country Farms Pumpkin Patch would be our patch of choice. Oh how disappointed we all were. Why? Read on animal head lovers!
Pele’s Chair is a popular spot for locals. It’s located just next to Alan Davis, a spot made famous for its jumping pole. Both Alan Davis and Pele’s Chair are typically accessed via a side trail located near the parking lot. Follow the faint trail and you’ll reach Alan Davis. Keep walking and you’ll eventually see the unmistakeable rock structure known affectionately as a Pele’s Chair.
The closest that most people get to the Makapuu Lighthouse is a distant view from the nearby Makapuu Lighthouse Lookout at the end of the paved trail. A few risk takers find ways to bypass the locked gates to get a close-up view of the old lighthouse. Only a handful of people have access to the inside of Makapuu Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper and the maintenance crew are a part of that handful. Exploration: Hawaii was granted an opportunity to visit the lighthouse, go inside of it, and get up-close-and-personal with the bulbs that light it.
Strange things tend to happen during the ghoulish month of October. For example, the birth of Animal Heads Super Team. What happens when you get a squirrel, panda, giraffe, and unicorn together for a mini road trip? You get a magical trek through the back roads of Oahu. Of course, misadventure and hilarity ensued. Please enjoy this utterly strange drive from Makapuu to Waialua. The unicorn would insist that you did.
A few months ago, I stumbled upon Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The six-part documentary takes a close look at how the idea of national parks came to be. The influence of people like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Stephen Mather, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is felt so powerfully through the photos and narration. One of the men featured in the documentary is QT Luong. In 1993, Luong learned how to shoot photographs with a large format camera. By 2002, Luong had the distinction of photographing, in large format, each of the 58 National Parks. Below is a video that Luong put together from a recent visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Last February I bought a bike from my cousin, Joshua. The Brougham by Felt Bicycles is a beautiful chrome fixed gear bike with a flip-flop hub complete with both a freewheel and a fixed cog. The chrome and and white is in line with its simple and clean look. Once the bike switched hands, though, it turned into a single-speed bike. The thought of riding a fixie without brakes horrified me. Especially since I hadn’t rode a bike since, well, probably elementary school. It took some time, seven months to be exact, before White Nightmare (that’s what Josh named his bike) saw the light of day again. There were a few hiccups, but she got the job done.
Our third night at Haleakala would prove to be the most memorable for me. Earlier in the day, we had explored a nearby lava tube. The lava tube is fairly out of the way and there are no markers, just a rough trail leading to it. Basically, if you don’t know where it is then I imagine that it would be quite difficult to locate, despite being less than a mile from Holua Cabin. With these conditions in mind, imagine exploring the lava tube during the dead of night. This was the most memorable night on Haleakala.