Pele’s Chair is a popular spot for locals. It’s located just next to Alan Davis, a spot made famous for its jumping pole. Both Alan Davis and Pele’s Chair are typically accessed via a side trail located near the parking lot. Follow the faint trail and you’ll reach Alan Davis. Keep walking and you’ll eventually see the unmistakeable rock structure known affectionately as a Pele’s Chair.
The closest that most people get to the Makapuu Lighthouse is a distant view from the nearby Makapuu Lighthouse Lookout at the end of the paved trail. A few risk takers find ways to bypass the locked gates to get a close-up view of the old lighthouse. Only a handful of people have access to the inside of Makapuu Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper and the maintenance crew are a part of that handful. Exploration: Hawaii was granted an opportunity to visit the lighthouse, go inside of it, and get up-close-and-personal with the bulbs that light it.
Strange things tend to happen during the ghoulish month of October. For example, the birth of Animal Heads Super Team. What happens when you get a squirrel, panda, giraffe, and unicorn together for a mini road trip? You get a magical trek through the back roads of Oahu. Of course, misadventure and hilarity ensued. Please enjoy this utterly strange drive from Makapuu to Waialua. The unicorn would insist that you did.
A few weeks ago I spotted the photography of Scott Sharick on Facebook and was fascinated by his work. Scott had his Nikon D80 converted to infrared to capture these shots. He is not using a lens filter, instead, the hot mirror filter (designed to pass visible light while blocking infrared and ultraviolet light) in front of the camera sensor in his D80 was physically removed, thus allowing for the capture of infrared light. The results are staggering and very different from typical, non-infrared photographs.
For my 32nd birthday, my wife Michelle 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 Michelle and I 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.
Decisions, decisions. Decisions can be tough, but they have to be made. During a recent getaway to Maui’s Grand Wailea to celebrate my birthday, I was given the rough task of figuring out what to do for the last day of our visit. The options were tough, either a drive up to Haleakala National Park to see the sunset or a drive through the waterfall filled Hana Highway. Sometimes, the decisions that we have to make in life are rough.
The plan was to do more than just the lookout. Joel and I had grand plans of experiencing Kokee via the 9.5-mile long Nualolo-Awaawapuhi Trail. Considered to be the most glorious ridge trail of the collection of trails that make up Kokee State Park. These plans would be scrapped, however, with the vicious rain and flash-flooding that attacked the island during our Spring Break stay. Meh. The mountains will always be there and we’re just an island away. We’ll save it for another trip. Maybe a day trip? We still found our way to Waimea Canyon, though. The drive up and the various lookouts would be our little glimpse into what we will, hopefully, experience in greater detail in the future.
While en route to the Maniniholo dry cave and the Waiakanaloa wet cave, on Kauai’s North Shore, we were treated to some very lush vistas. A recurrent theme that we noticed? Waterfalls. A lot of waterfalls. With so many waterfalls around, we found ourselves making frequent stops to gawk at them and soak in the views. One of the sweet spots was near Hanalei Elementary School. The students of this particular school are indeed very lucky. On any given day, they are able to step out of their classrooms and experience the majestic views of the three peaks that form Hanalei Valley: Hihimanu, Namalokama, and Mamalahoa. On the day that we were there, these mountains were free flowing with waterfalls. On your next visit to Kauai, look mauka (toward the mountain) from Hanalei Elementary, and you might see Waioli Falls, one of Kauai longest flowing waterfall. I didn’t have nearly as great a view from my elementary school in Kalihi.