Turtle Spotting at an Abandoned Beach on the North Shore

While most people spent Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends at one of many crowded Hawaii beaches, Exploration: Hawaii decided to get away from it all and headed to a rarely used beach on the North Shore. After parking our car, Joel and I walked about a mile into this abandoned beach and looked for the perfect spot to swim for turtles. We found an area tucked between some coral and set up our beach mats. Almost instantly, we saw a couple of turtles swim near the shore. Joel pointed out the turtles and I quickly grabbed my GoPro HERO3: Black Edition and Bobber by GoPole and gave it to him. He then ran into the water and snapped these photos. These were taken with the first five minutes of setting up our beach mats. We then spent the next few hours swimming with more turtles than we could keep count of. Pretty amazing, indeed.

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Somewhere In Kauai Near Poipu

I couldn’t tell you where this place is even if I wanted to. I could narrow it down for you, though. Itineraries are great, but for me, the best part about trips are the times when you get lost in a wonderful place that you had no intention of visiting. This was one of those times. After a quick trip to Wailua Falls, Joel and I decided to check out the south shore of Kauai, near Koloa and Poipu. After stopping for a Hawaiian plate at the Koloa Fish Market and then eating said Hawaiian plate at the very popular Poipu Beach, we decided to drive around the area to explore a bit. For some reason, I can’t even remember why, but we pulled over and decided to check out this one area. And then we took pictures. Joel even saw a whale breach. He was stoked. And so was I.

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Waikiki Historic Trail: Conquering the Educational Honolulu Urban Hike at Night

Throughout the most popular spots in Waikiki exists 23 markers for an urban trail. While it is easy to stumble upon a few of them simply by chance, visiting all takes some effort. Most of the markers are wooden surfboards with both images and text that narrate the history of Waikiki. Building upon the efforts of Troy Solano, I was able to finish the whole trail over 2 days while also practicing long exposure night shots.

Troy became interested in the urban hike a few months ago after finding an essay documenting all the markers. Despite becoming the laughing stock of the hiking community for his ridiculous mission, Troy would finish the trail over 3 days. The final day of his hike also included me and allowed me to see a few of the markers before attempting the whole thing at night. The following will list all the markers locations as well as images from nearby locations. Detailed information about what is found on the markers can be found here.

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Kealakekua Bay: A Historic Bay on the Big Island’s Kona Coast

I’ll never complain about the walk down to Hanauma Bay and back up to the parking lot ever again. I promise. And I can blame the Kealakekua Bay hike for that. Think of the Kealakekua Bay trail as a reverse hike. Most trails involves a steady increase in elevation, followed by a rewarding view, and then finishing with a downhill climb back to civilization. The Kealakekua Bay trail is the complete opposite. This trail starts with a nice and steady decrease in elevation, for roughly two miles. You are then rewarded with the stunning cliffside views and inviting waters of Kealakekua Bay. On the way way back to civilization, though, is where the cardiovascular work begins. It’s a two mile upward climb from the bay and back to your car. Imagine that climb up from Haunama Bay, but lasting for 2 hours instead of 5 minutes. If you can do Koko Crater in 30 minutes then you can expect a climb up that is about four times that length. If that sounds okay to you then you’ll be awarded with one of the most pristine snorkeling spots on the island in one of the most historic bays in Hawaii.

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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.

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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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Turtle Spotting at Japanese Beach on the North Shore

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a going away beach party at Japanese Beach on the North Shore. The beach party was great, but the underwater party was even better. I brought along my snorkeling gear and GoPro and decided to do some exploring. What we discovered was beyond what we expected. We thought that we would see one, maybe two, turtles if we were lucky. We were more than lucky on this day.

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