The winter season is a favorite time of the year for Hawaii surfers, mainly because of the waves that the winter swells bring. However, if instead you are looking for idyllic and calm “beach” experience then look no further than the Ko Olina Lagoons located at the ritzy J.W. Marriott Ihilani. These mini beaches are actually four man-made lagoons (Hanu, Naia, Kolola, and Ulua). The rock walls surrounding the lagoons keep the waves from venturing in and therefore you’re left with a relaxed water experience. It’s like swimming in an open ocean pool – it’s chill, very chill.
The Kealia Trail is one of the few hikes that you can do on the North Shore of Oahu. Located in Mokuleia, the Kealia Trail is comprised of nineteen gradually climbing switchbacks. Yes, nineteen switchbacks. Nineteen. If you’re looking to increase the firmness of your gluteus maximus [NSFW link] then consider the Kealia Trail.
Mele Kalikimaka or Merry Christmas from all of us at Exploration: Hawaii to all of you! We hope that you eat a lot of Christmas ham and peppermint candy canes. Don’t worry about the calories, you can always burn it off on a hike and since you’ve got tons to select from (see the archives) choosing one won’t be a problem. Be safe out there and happy trails!
The view from the summit of the Poamoho Ridge Trail is spectacular. In fact, the view from Poamoho is probably my favorite view on the island along with Lanihuli. But I am getting ahead of myself. The long walk to the actual trailhead of the Poamoho Ridge Trail was a journey in itself.
Hauoli La Hoomaikai or Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Exploration: Hawaii to all of you. We hope that you eat a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie. Don’t worry about the calories, you can always burn it off on a hike and since you’ve got tons to select from (see the archives) choosing one won’t be a problem. Be safe out there and happy trails!
With the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in full swing last week and leaders from all over the world arriving on the island, Joel and I decided to skip the busy city streets and instead explore the depths of Manoa Valley. Awaawaloa, or Mount Olympus as it is affectionately known as in the hiking community, has been on my to-do list for some time now for two reasons. First, it’s one of the Honolulu hikes in Stuart Ball’s The Hikers Guide to Oahu. And if you remember, I’m trying to complete all of the Honolulu hikes in Ball’s book by the end of the year. Second, Mount Olympus seemed (by name at least) very intimidating and I like to tackle intimidating things.
One of my goals is to complete all of the Honolulu hikes listed in Stuart Ball’s popular book, The Hikers Guide to Oahu. Eventually I would like to finish the entire book but for now my focus will be on completing Honolulu. Up to this point I had completed 5 of the 15 Honolulu trails. Kuliouou Ridge Trail would be my number 6.