A Walk Back In Time On The Kamananui Valley Road

If you stick to just the “road” then this hike can be a very long and boring ordeal. It’s when you venture off the old, dirt and gravel filled road, that the adventure on Kamananui Valley Road really begins. Upon first glance, one would doubt that there is much to see on Kamananui Valley Road, other than some really old stone bridges. Quite the opposite is true. In fact, this 4-mile, mostly flat road, is filled with rich history. And those really old stone bridges? They’re pretty cool too.

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Infrared Photography of Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven)

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.

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Should The City and County of Honolulu Reopen Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven)?

There has been a lot of chatter, lately, about the City and County of Honolulu reopening the popular hiking trail known as Haiku Stairs, or Stairway to Heaven. This comes after the recent citation of two visitors from Florida, who needed to be rescued from the trail. According to the Honolulu StarAdvertiser, a 32-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman spent the night on the Moanalua side of the mountains while en route to the summit of Haiku Stairs. Just a day later, recently elected Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell, stated that he would eventually like to see Haiku Stairs eventually re-opened (see video) and made accessible to the public again.

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5 Great Day Hikes on Oahu

A fan of the Exploration: Hawaii Facebook page recently asked for day hike suggestions for an upcoming trip to Oahu. I gave the question some thought and came up with what I think are five exemplary hikes. Each of the suggested trails offer very unique and differing views of the island. One could easily spend 8 hours or more on each of these hikes. Each hike also comes with its own set of dangers and can be very taxing for even the most veteran of hikers, especially those who are not familiar with Hawaii’s volcanic and often times crumbly terrain.

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