Decided to take a drive to Makakilo to check out the brushfire that has been going off since last week Friday. Two seven-year-old brothers are believed to have ignited the brushfire after playing with a lighter that they found. While I was there, I did see Honolulu Fire Department helicopters dropping water over hot spots. It is estimated that the state has so far spent over $54,000 to extinguish the fire.
Lucy’s Lab Creamery is a brand new hole-in-the-wall on Kamakee Street, just down the road from McKinley High School and next to Harry’s Cafe. The bright blue, walls offer a visual escape from the Lab’s drab and dated neighbors. It’s almost as if Lucy’s Lab was plucked from either the hipster friendly Kakaako or the rejuvenated Kaimuki and dropped in the middle of nowhere.
CabaRAE is definitely a show-stopper, bringing sexy back to Waikiki with feats of strength, aerial artistry, comedy, song, and dance. The performers, coming from countries such as Austria, Canada, Russia, France, and the United States, kept the audience engaged throughout the show with their “Random Acts of Entertainment.”
Courtyard Cinema is a monthly film series presented in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Consolidated Theaters. Tickets are free, but seating (and the free popcorn) are on a first come first served basis. Film buffs tend to queue up early to get first dibs on the comfy, yellow lounge chairs.
Lana’i Lookout on the Southern East coast of Oahu offers an ideal spot for Honolulu residents to practice astrophotography. Nestled behind Koko Crater and not too far from Hanauma Bay, this scenic lookout is packed with tourists and experienced divers during the day and offers a wide view of a mostly dark sky at night where the Milky Way is strongly visible during the summer months. While the darkness here does not rival Kaena Point or Mokuleia, it is a shorter drive for the majority of the residents on the island. The first time I would ever shoot stars would be here and I would return multiple times with new gear and ideas.
Having taken over the space of my once favorite southern food joint on the island, Kiss My Grits, I stepped into the Nook Neighborhood Bistro with a bit of resistance. All was forgiven, though, once I took my first bite into those mochi waffles. Oh those mochi waffles. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
I stumbled across this neat little vintage promotional film about Hawaii a few days. The short, 10-minute film, was produced by Hearst Metrotone News in 1959. It’s interesting to see how the city of Honolulu looked back then. The video offers a glimpse into bustling downtown Honolulu, emphasizing how the streets in the city are “typically American.”
Three years of blogging about hiking in Hawaii has zipped by so very fast. We’ve documented over 215+ different hikes across the State of Hawaii. What’s even more amazing is that we’ve gone beyond just blogging about hiking in Hawaii. Over the last year, we started covering various local and cultural events (thanks Marvin) and the Hawaii food and restaurant scene. As always, we’ve placed a huge emphasis on photography, and providing you with the best narrative and advice possible. We love sharing our experiences with all of you.