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Finding Forgiveness at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

For Hawaiians in old Hawaii, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau was considered to be a place of refuge. It was where you went, or attempted to go to, if you committed an act that went against the kapu system (the ancient Hawaiian code of conduct). In modern Hawaii, residents often complain about the $250 fine when caught using mobile devices in their vehicles. In old Hawaii, however, entering an area reserved for chiefs, or eating forbidden foods, would cost you your life. The stakes were much higher back then. But, there was a way out. If you could somehow Jason Bourne your way into a puuhonua, or place of refuge, your life would be spared.

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King Kamehameha III Summer Palace (Kaniakapupu) Revisited

Note: Kaniakapupu is a closed trail and is not open to the public. Only authorized groups are allowed to visit Kaniakapuu, including, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Civic Club. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.

Here are some comments from our original post on Kaniakapupu, and maybe some things to keep in mind:

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Olowalu Petroglyphs of Puu Kilea at the Olowalu Cultural Reserve

Tucked within the old sugar cane fields of West Maui is a piece of preserved Hawaiiana. The Olowalu Petroglyphs, or Petroglyph Hill as some call it, is not too far from the Olowalu General Store. A dirt road will bring you directly to a slab of rock wall with over 100 petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are thought to tell the story of ancient Hawaiian legends and journeys. You can clearly see the carvings of human figures, animals, and sails. If visiting the Olowalu Petroglyphs, be sure to heed the signs by not defacing or damaging the area in anyway.

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Welcome To Hawaii: Timelapses and Giggles

I got a new tripod for Christmas. And I already had an iPhone 6 Plus in my pocket. Then, Joel went on winter break from medical school. Then, Ryan decided to visit from Boston. Time to make a video!

You early Exploration: Hawaii readers might vaguely recall that I used to post a bunch of timelapse stuff back in the day. And then I stopped. I’m back. The iPhone 6 made it fun again. Did I mention that I shot this completely with an iPhone 6 Plus? Oh, I also picked up a remote for my DSLR and some other interesting gear. Can’t wait to do some fun time-lapse stuff with that soon, too!

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Urban Hiking the Perimeter of Oahu

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.

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