If you’re looking to do a quick hike in the Honolulu area then set your sights on one of the trails that make up the Honolulu Mauka Trail System. We’ve covered the Makiki Valley Loop Trail in the past when we connected the Maunalaha and Kanealole Trails. More recently, we explored ourbackyard once again by paying a visit to the Manoa Cliff Trail and connecting it with the Pu’u Ohia Trail. The route discussed here is a quick 3.5 mile loop that can be completed in under 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Two Sunday’s ago I had the fortunate opportunity to check out the 2nd Annual Cacao Festival at the Haleiwa’s Farmer’s Market. Actually, me going to this event happened on a whim. The day before, Ernest (remember Waldo from the Makapuu to Tom-Tom hike?) invited me to check out the festival with him. I heard about it a few days earlier but had forgotten about it when Ernest brought it up. My interest was renewed now that I had someone to go with. The funny thing is that we never really set a time to go. That Sunday, I woke up a bit late, jumped in my car and drove to Haleiwa wondering if Ernest would still be joining me. Before heading to the Farmer’s Market, I made a pitstop at the Haleiwa American Savings Bank to grab some quick cash. It turned out that Ernest had reached Haleiwa at around the same that I stopped at the ATM. Cool. Only thing, he missed the Farmer’s Market and ended up lost somewhere in the North Shore. Fortunately, I guided him to the intersection of Jospeh P. Leong Bypass & Kamehameha Hwy and he was able to find his way the Farmer’s Market. All this excitement and we hadn’t even checked out the Cacao Festival yet!
There’s one place on Oahu that tourist flock to just to get a glimpse of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles in their natural habitat. That place is Laniakea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. Since 1999, honu (Hawaiian word for Hawaii green sea turtle) have been regular visitors to Laniakea Beach.
A lot of the adventuring on Exploration: Hawaii involves hiking Hawaii’s dirt trail. With that in mind, we set out to catch a ride to the high seas aboard the Ho`Onanea Catamaran of the North Shore Catamaran Charters. A close friend of mine, whom I affectionately call Marklander, was visiting Hawaii. He had a list of things that he wanted to do, see, and visit before leaving, and whale watching was at the top of his list. Actually, dining daily on Gina’s Korean BBQ was at the top of his list, but that is a different story.
Today is a glorious day. Today, Exploration: Hawaii surpassed 10,000 unique visitors. It is especially exciting to know that so many of you are finding our website organically through Google and other search engines and even through word of mouth. You all are awesome. Here are a few things that some people have been saying about Exploration: Hawaii.
I recently discovered this video by Austin, Texas based freelance director, David Blue Garcia. The video was shot at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island. This beach is notorious for being the place where Captain Cook was killed. The short video is visually stunning, featuring underwater views from the bay. Garcia got some excellent shots of reefs, Hawaiian green sea turtles, a wide variety of fish, and dolphins.
The traditional Diamond Head Summit Trail, really, isn’t a hiker’s hike. The Diamond Head trail is easy and it’s short. For those reasons alone, it is probably the most popular tourist hike on the island of Oahu. Oh, and let’s not forget the famous views of Waikiki Beach that you are awarded with once you reach the summit of Diamond Head.
A diverse group of people summited Hawaii Loa on Martin Luther King Day, 2012. In the above picture, from left to right, you have the newest member of Hyde Manor (where Marvin, Andy and our cat, Killer, reside), Jackie, who was born in Germany. Next you have Andy, a typical, nothing special, white American. Then you have 2 very shady Filipinos, Coty and Joel, who would complete this trail for the 3rd time. Then there’s the Thai guy, Ahnate. And a possible recurring character in EH Tales, Gentaro, from Japan. This picture was taken by an awesome Indian dude, Marvin. Hawaii would see a melting pot at one of its summits like never before.