The Kapalua Coastal Trail is the perfect reason to leave the posh suites at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, for a quick outdoor adventure. The Dragon’s Teeth are located just beyond the Ritz-Carlton chapel. If coming from the Ritz-Carlton, you’ll follow the pathway that runs parallel to the hedges that mark the boundary for the Honokahua Burial Site. This ancient Hawaiian burial site is home to hundreds of ancient Hawaiian remains and is the primary reason why The Ritz-Carlton is located so far from the shoreline.
Tucked away on Oahu is a valley hike with a hidden swimming hole and a forgotten bunker. This one actually consists of a long tunnel and bunker system that goes on for quite a while. Someone decided to spray paint an image of Mighty Mouse on one end of the bunker, hence the name that I made up for it during our hike, Mighty Mouse Bunkers. Appropriate, right? You’ll need a headlamp for this one.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources recently reached out to me with a link to the video above. Many of our long time readers know that we had directions to Sacred Falls here. Key word: had. I took down the directions, not because the DLNR asked me to (they didn’t), but because I watched the video and realized that I should. So I did. If you’re thinking of hiking Sacred Falls, there are many good reasons why you should reconsider:
After having driven to and from Hana to take Sheryl to do the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls, I knew I wouldn’t be up for driving at 3 in the morning the next day to go up Haleakala to view the sunrise. I browsed Hawaii’s official tourism site and decided to pay for a “Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour.”
One of the perks of staying at the Four Seasons Resort, The Lodge at Koele, is the easy access to the trailhead to the Koloiki Ridge Trail. The trail is about 5-miles long, but can be done in about 2-3 hours, depending on your pace. The trail is well marked and fairly wide. It also intersects the long Munro Trail, which many people traverse using a utility vehicle or 4-wheel drive.
Puu Pehe, also referred to by locals as The Sweetheart Rock, is one of Lanai’s most iconic landmarks. Located just off of the southern coastline, Puu Pehe is situated between Manele Bay and Hulupoe Bay. The 80-feet islet is roughly a 45 minute walk from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.
Khym Ansagay, urban hiker extraordinaire, recently completed walking around the perimeter of Oahu in its entirety using roads, bridges, and bike lanes. His walkabout was split into 10 trips, all beginning and ending at a bus stop, and totaled 54 hours and over 148 miles. The following maps, images, and descriptions are provided by Khym to document his impressive feat. The trips are ordered geographically rather than order of completion.
With the Milky Way (Hokunohoaupuni) shooting season coming to an end for the year, Jose and I decided to check out a few new spots to see if we could catch it in novel locations. Last month, we would go to the Kaena Point parking lot on the Mokuleia side which would offer the darkest spot we’ve come across on the island so far. Recently, we checked out Pele’s Chair and Eternity Beach on the East coast. While the latter two are not the darkest spots on the island, it offered interesting landmarks to be coupled with the Milky Way.
A few weekends ago, I took my friend, Sheryl, to Maui. It was actually her first time visiting Maui and the two main things she really wanted to see were the “heart-shaped rock” and bamboo forest. I had been to Maui several times, but had never seen the heart-shaped rock. Thank goodness for the internet. Upon searching for the heart-shaped rock on Maui, our quest led us to the Nakalele Blowhole.