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Sunset at the Ko Olina Lagoons (Ulua)

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.

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Mele Kalikimaka 2011

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!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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!

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A Journey to Mount Olympus (Awaawaloa) via the Kolowalu Trail

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.

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