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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay on Memorial Day 2012


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To me, holidays are all about fun, food, and friends. Memorial Day 2012 was no exception. A handful of close friends and I made our way to the most popular snorkeling spot on the island of Oahu – Hanauma Bay. The bay is the neighbor to what a friend of mine has called “The Stairway to Hell.” That stairway being the tracks at Koko Crater. As we were driving to Hanauma, we noticed that a lot of people were climbing up and down the Koko Crater tracks. From a distance, the little humans specks could be seen making their way to the top of the crater. Hanauma Bay was busy as well. Fortunately for us, security re-opened the gates to the parking just as we approached the entrance and quickly closed the entrance off not too long after we entered. Yes, our hunt for fish was on.

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14th Annual Memorial Day Lantern Floating at Ala Moana Beach Park


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I’ve never seen Ala Moana Beach park so packed with people. News reports mentioned that more than 40,000 people converged on Ala Moana Beach Park for the 14th annual Memorial Day lantern floating. The event, which is officiated by Shinnyo-en and presented by the Na Lei Aloha Foundation, started in 1999 as a way to remember and honor those who have died in service to their country. And the significance of the lanterns?

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China Walls: Cliff Jump Into The Pacific Ocean


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When heading to to hike the Koko Crater stairs you take a left from Kalanianaole Highway onto Lunalilo Home Road. What if you turn right at Lunalilo Home Road? First of all, you’ll be driving into a residential area that consists of very rich residents. Second, you’ll be en route to a tiny treasure tucked away in Hawaii Kai. China Walls is what the locals call the rocky shoreline diving the Pacific Ocean from Koko Kai Mini Beach Park.

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The Aloha Tower Observation Deck: Four Unique Views of Honolulu


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The Aloha Tower located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor was completed in 1926 at the cost of $190,000. At the time, Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii at 10 stories tall and measuring 184 feet (56 meters) in height. For 34 years the Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii but has since been eclipsed by the First Hawaiian Center in Downtown Honolulu [1]. Although no longer the tallest structure, many still consider the Aloha Tower to be one of the most famous landmarks on Oahu. The tower was restored in 1994 and serves as both a welcoming point for incoming ships and as a fully functional traffic control center for the harbor located at Mamala Bay. I was able to pay a visit to the top of the enduring Aloha Tower following my recent tour on the Star of Honolulu Premier Whale Watch Cruise.

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An Ewa Beach Sunset with a Distant View of Diamond Head and a Secluded Shoreline


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I moved to Ewa Beach (from Kalihi) at the age of five. However, I consider myself a Kalihi kid. Whenever people from Hawaii ask me where I am from, I always say Kalihi. I never say Ewa Beach. My connection with Kalihi is so much stronger. I lived in Ewa Beach for many years, but I never really lived there.

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Laniakea Beach: A Tourist Favorite for Viewing Turtles


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There’s one place on Oahu that tourist flock to just to get a glimpse of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles in their natural habitat. That place is Laniakea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. Since 1999, honu (Hawaiian word for Hawaii green sea turtle) have been regular visitors to Laniakea Beach.

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North Shore Catamaran Charters Whale-Watching Cruise Reviewed


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A lot of the adventuring on Exploration: Hawaii involves hiking Hawaii’s dirt trail. With that in mind, we set out to catch a ride to the high seas aboard the Ho`Onanea Catamaran of the North Shore Catamaran Charters. A close friend of mine, whom I affectionately call Marklander, was visiting Hawaii. He had a list of things that he wanted to do, see, and visit before leaving, and whale watching was at the top of his list. Actually, dining daily on Gina’s Korean BBQ was at the top of his list, but that is a different story.

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Water.Under: Neat Underwater Video Shot at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island


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I recently discovered this video by Austin, Texas based freelance director, David Blue Garcia. The video was shot at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island. This beach is notorious for being the place where Captain Cook was killed. The short video is visually stunning, featuring underwater views from the bay. Garcia got some excellent shots of reefs, Hawaiian green sea turtles, a wide variety of fish, and dolphins.