I once complained to a friend of mine about the lack of independent coffee shops in Hawaii. My buddy, Carlos, had just taken me on a coffee crawl throughout New York City. He introduced me to the wonders of a properly constructed latte and I even had my first taste of legit cold brew. We stopped at Everyman Espresso, Stumptown Coffee, and Third Rail Coffee. All of these coffee shops were located in walking distance from one another in New York’s East Village. My eyes were open and I was abuzz from all of the caffeine. And I found myself feeling extremely jealous of New York’s coffee scene.
Having taken over the space of my once favorite southern food joint on the island, Kiss My Grits, I stepped into the Nook Neighborhood Bistro with a bit of resistance. All was forgiven, though, once I took my first bite into those mochi waffles. Oh those mochi waffles. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Puu Pia, a short hike located in the rear of Manoa Valley, has been on my list of to-do hikes for a while now. This trail is one of the many hiking trails that make up the Honolulu Mauka Trail System. With a free Saturday afternoon and the onset of a nasty seasonal cold rearing it’s ugly head, I decided to knock out one more hike before I would be relegated to the bed. Puu Pia turned out to be the perfect choice.
This is Instagram Hawaii Spotting: Volume 4. I use Instagram a lot. A LOT. This makes sense since I’m pretty much glued to my iPhone and I love to snap photos. These are a few photos that I Instagrammed during the first month of 2013. Enjoy!
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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.
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.
I’ve been a little obsessed with the Honolulu Mauka Trail System as of late. This trail system consists of 18 different trails, many of which can be connected to create longer hikes. Some of the variations that we have done and have featured on this site include:
I love fruits. It’s this unquestionable passion for sweet flesh that has led me to do the Makiki Loop Trail on a weekly basis over the last two months. Ever since I noticed the blossoming of the bright pink mountain apple flowers I have been dying to pick the tasty fruit to stimulate my taste buds and fill my belly. My mouth is watering just thinking about the extraordinary tropical taste of a freshly picked and ripe mountain apple. Unfortunately, I can’t fast forward mother nature and so thus far my mountain apple picking days will have to wait. Despite my futile mountain apple adventures, I have become quite accustomed with the Tantalus/Round Top portion of the Honolulu Mauka Trail System.