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.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam Festival. The event featured twenty vendors serving a variety of foods made with the timeless meat in a can, SPAM. During the madness, I decided to take a break and check out the sunset on Waikiki Beach. Located next to the Cheesecake Factory is a little alley that’s lined with surfboards. The alley will lead you straight to the white sands of Waikiki Beach. I walked along the beach and watched as the sun began to set. It was quite a sight. And then I went back to eating SPAM.
No, Blood Moon is not the latest book in the Twilight Saga. It’s even better than that, and Hawaii residents had a front row seat earlier this week to see it firsthand. Blood Moon is the nickname given to our moon during a lunar eclipse. In fact, this Blood Moon marks the start of a lunar tetrad, or four total eclipses in a row, the first of which took place on April 14. The next one is scheduled for October 8, so mark your calendars.
Hawaii was a prime spot to see the Sun, Earth, and Moon in alignment and the Blood Moon take shape. Exploration: Hawaii set up our cameras in Waikiki, at both Kapiolani Park and Fort Derussey. This is what we saw before the clouds and rain came rolling in.
Sometimes, it’s best to just take it easy. Of course, turtles know how to do that the best. Here are a few shots of a pair of lazy turtles, sunbathing to their heart’s content. They were both very photogenic.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Over the weekend I decided to go turtle spotting. Along the way, I found a handful of sea shells. I decided to use my Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens to see what kind of shots I could get. This is what I saw:
Shooting the sunset on the first day of the new year has become somewhat of a tradition. The tradition has been around for almost as long as Exploration: Hawaii has been online. In 2012, Joel, Ryan, and I went to world famous Waimea Bay to watch the waves and the surfers riding them. In 2013, we drove out to Waianae. Heavy rains kept us away from Kaena Point, but, we did find an empty beach just on the side of Farrington Highway. This year, we decided to end the first day of the new year at Ko Olina’s Lagoon 1, located just next to the JW Marriot Ihilani Resort and Spa. The first sunset of 2014 was a wonderful sight. Here’s to hoping that everyone has a prosperous year filled with adventure and exploration.
She swept me away to Maui’s luxurious Grand Wailea. The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is known for its winding paths, world-renown collection of art, and open-air architecture.
We arrived in Maui late in the evening, and by the time we reached the the Grand Wailea, it was already dark. The first thing that catches your eye is a large sweeping waterfall to the right of the main lobby. To the left, is a large statue of King Kamehameha by local legend, Herb Kane. Both of us were eager to jump out of our Dodge Charger to check out what the resort had to offer. I was especially excited to see what our room looked like.
I’m a long time fan of Herb Kane’s work. I can still remember visiting the Bishop Museum, where his artwork would bring life to the Hawaiian folklore that we would learn about in Hawaiiana class. If you grew up in Hawaii, then you can probably relate. Maybe not to seeing Herb Kane’s work at Bishop Museum, but surely you can remember sitting Indian-style in Hawaiiana class as your Kumu (Hawaiian teacher) taught you how to count in Hawaiian, play the ukulele, and told you stories about the ancient Hawaiians. Yes, going to elementary school in Hawaii is way better than going to elementary school anywhere else (if you can look beyond national standardized test score averages). Of course, I’m bias, but I digress. The point is, Herb Kane is not just a talented artist, but a living legend. Herb Kane is an author, historian, and cultural leader. So, I was very pleased when I stumbled upon his work during a recent stay at the Grand Wailea in Maui.