Tucked away in the ahupuaa of Kailua lies Kawainui Marsh. Over 4000 years ago, this marsh was an inland sea, which later became a sandbar. Eventually, that sandbar turned into the town of Kailua that we know of today. Ancient Hawaiians once utilized Kawainui as a freshwater fishpond. Today, state and federal personnel are working together to restore the surrounding habitat. Kawainui is home to four endangered species of marsh birds, including the aeo, or Hawaiian stilt. The gravel trail isn’t much of hike, but it is an experience. Keep your eye out for the endangered birds, gawk at Mount Olomana, and bask in the quiet setting.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine is a relatively new concept that was coined in 1991 by twelve fledgling island chefs, including notables such as Sam Choy, Philippe Padovani, Roy Yamaguchi, George Mavrothalassitis, Peter Merriman, and of course, Alan Wong. The idea was to develop a style of cooking that borrowed from the various local culinary influences and ethnic flavors found in Hawaii.
I put my GoPro HERO3 Black Edition to good use during our recent kayak and hiking trip to Chinaman’s Hat (Mokolii Island). Of course, I’m always a bit weary whenever I take my GoPro into the water with me, especially after this incident en route to the Mokulua Islands (see third paragraph). In fact, this trip almost ended in another GoPro tragedy. As we were carrying the kayak to the shore of Kualoa Beach, I noticed that my GoPro, attached to my GoPole, was nowhere in sight. I had left it on the trunk of my buddy’s car, in plain view. Had I not remembered until later, it probably would be in someone else’s hands. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. And we have these photos to show for it.
If you enjoy the outdoors, then Hawaii is an exceptional place to live. Many say that Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches and best waves in the world. However, if you look mauka, or towards the mountains, you’ll also notice her beautiful valleys and ridges. Comprised of volcanic rock, Hawaii’s hiking options are unique and in a class of its own. Below are seven reasons why hiking in Hawaii is indeed awesome. However, be warned. A spur of the moment hike might lead to the start of a new hobby, and then a lifelong obsession.
It’s called Queen’s Surf Beach because it used to be the site of Queen Liliuokalani’s personal beach house. Indeed, this Waikiki beach has a very rich history. On a lazy Wednesday, I plopped down on the beach with my good buddy Ryan, who was visiting from Boston. We set up shop at around 11am. We did take two breaks from the cool beach water for a quick lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, and then a few hours later for Mai Tai’s and Blue Hawaii’s from Tiki’s Bar & Grill. We didn’t leave Waikiki till close to 8pm. I haven’t bummed out at the beach this long for a long time. I won’t lie, it felt good. Soaking up Hawaii is definitely good for the soul. Just remember to apply sunscreen first.
Chinaman’s Hat is a common sight for those visiting the Windward side of Oahu. This little islet is located in Kaneohe Bay and is about 1/3 of a mile offshore of Kualoa Regional Park. The small hat-like island is easily accessible via kayak, however, some people choose walk to the island. Yes, at low tide it is typically shallow enough for you to walk to. We chose to kayak.