The Waikiki Aquarium was always one of my favorite places to visit when I was a child. On any given day, my dad would often bring both me and my younger sister to either the zoo or the aquarium. I always preferred the aquarium because of the jelly fish and the air conditioning. Now that I have a child of my own, I am finding joy in sharing the experiences that I enjoyed in my youth with my son.
Nestled along the pristine Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is a wonderful choice for those looking to mix the luxury that Kona is known for with Hawaiian history, adventure, and delicious delights. Of course, you could always do what we did for part of the trip, and just lounge at the pool and relax at the Mauna Lani Spa.
Looking for a piece of aviation (and World War II) history during your visit to Hawaii? If so, then the Pacific Aviation Museum is a must visit. Located on Ford Island in the middle of historic Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Aviation Museum is home to a fine collection of aircrafts, including a P-40 fighter and a civilian plane that was airborne and shot during the attack, and a MiG-15 and F-86 Sabre aircraft which flew during the Korean War.
Over the last two years, my wife and I have taken advantage of the long Thanksgiving break to explore our neighbor islands (see some of our Lanai and Hawaii Island posts). This year, however, we weren’t able to leave Oahu…and so we decided that since we couldn’t hop on a plane, we would instead jump in our car for a sweet little staycation.
After you pay the meager $5 entrance fee, begin the short, quarter-mile walk to Kilauea Lighthouse. It’s been closed for restoration for some time now, but it’s back open for the public to enjoy. This would be my first time back in ten years.
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.
Jump on Hawaii Belt Road on the Island of Hawaii and you’re bound to stumble on numerous historical sites of note. One of those sites worth stopping for is the Puu Kohola Heiau, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. This site preserves the ruins of Hawaii’s last major ancient temple.
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:
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.
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!