I put my GoPro HERO3 Black Edition to good use during our recent kayak and hiking trip to Chinaman’s Hat (Mokolii Island). Of course, I’m always a bit weary whenever I take my GoPro into the water with me, especially after this incident en route to the Mokulua Islands (see third paragraph). In fact, this trip almost ended in another GoPro tragedy. As we were carrying the kayak to the shore of Kualoa Beach, I noticed that my GoPro, attached to my GoPole, was nowhere in sight. I had left it on the trunk of my buddy’s car, in plain view. Had I not remembered until later, it probably would be in someone else’s hands. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. And we have these photos to show for it.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a timelapse video. I had these stills sitting on my hard drive and had completely forgotten about them. Decided to put together a timelapse of the first sunset of of our first day hiking through Haleakala National Park. It was an unforgettable sunset, that I got to enjoy with wonderful company.
For many Hawaii hikers, rain is a sign that it’s time to go hunting for waterfalls. Over the last week or so, I’ve been doing just that. One of the waterfalls that I decided to check out was Kalauao Falls, located off of the Aiea Loop Trail. It was a lazy Sunday. Joel drove down from Waialua to pick me up in Salt Lake. From Salt Lake, Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area is a short five-ish minute drive away. We drove to the end of the park and then set off looking for the junctions and side trails that would lead us to Kalauao Falls.
Waterfalls are always better when it’s wetter. And it’s been very wet in Manoa Valley. So wet that a trip to the popular tourist trail, Manoa Falls, was well warranted. I won’t go into too much detail on the trail in this post, for that you can check out this post and this post. I should also mention the I decided against parking in the Manoa Falls parking lot, and instead parked in the residential area just before Paradise Park. That alone saved me five bucks.
Lanikai Beach has always been one of favorite beaches on the island of Oahu. Its crystal clear blue water, soft powdery sand, and scenic backdrop is the exact reason why Hawaii is a travel destination. As you sit on the shores of Lanikai, you’ll notice two small islands directly in front of you. These two islands, aptly named Na Mokulua, which in Hawaiian means The Two Islands, has always intrigued me. On any given day, schools of kayakers make the trip from either Lanikai Beach or the neighboring Kailua Beach Park, to “Mokes,” the name that the two islands is affectionately referenced to by locals. I’d finally get my chance to visit Mokes, and despite the trip being a wet one, it was definitely memorable, filled with both tragedy and love.
While Marvin spent the first day of 2012 just a few clouds away from Heaven, I decided to spend it at arguably the most famous surfing beach in the world, Waimea Bay. Located in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Waimea Bay is known as a world class surfing spot and the backdrop for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, or, as it is affectionately know, The Eddie. The Eddie is currently being held this year, waves cooperating, until February 29, 2011 (the event started on December 1, 2011).
I’m someone that is simultaneously intimidated by the ocean, and yet fascinated with various, perhaps somewhat slightly dangerous, activities. I know that the former feeling comes from the fact that I’m from Toronto, and that, as a result I am simply unaccustomed to dealing with tides, currents and the possibility of sharks. The later feeling, though, pushes me to do things like confront the former head on. As a result, I decided to get my SCUBA certification and spend some time under the sea getting to know it more intimately.
I’ve been having so much fun playing around with my GoPro HD Helmet HERO Camera! I love it because it’s so simple and so compact. Here’s a quick little timelapse of the sun setting over Koko Head. Actually, the sun was pretty much down but not completely, so I was able get photos of some beautiful color shifts into the evening. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think.