Located on Oahu’s North Shore and across the street from the Foodland in Pupukea, Shark’s Cove is a popular snorkel spot amongst beach-going locals. When viewed from above, it is said that cove’s reef resembles a shark, or mano, an important aumakua (family god) to ancient Hawaiians. Snorkel here during summer, when the ocean is calm and clear. The marine life is plentiful, so keep an eye out for the honu (Hawaiian sea turtle) and try to spot Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a…say that five times fast.
Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time.
Sometimes I need a gentle reminder to slow down for a bit. A gentle nudge on the shoulder telling me that my life isn’t a timed race to live. There is no one at a finish line waiting to give out medals to the person who went the fastest. I don’t need to be going 150 miles-per-hour all the time. Gentle reminders, like those I get when I see turtles like the ones I photographed below, remind me to live a more deliberate life full of intention and to create moments that are full of value.
Somewhere along the North Shore is a neat little concrete bunker that was used during World War II. There are many of these bunkers scattered throughout the island, both mauka and makai. It’s always a treat whenever you stumble upon one of these on random occasions.
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau is the largest heiau on the island, covering almost 2 acres. Built in the 1600’s, Pu’u o Mahuka is a series of three walled enclosures of stacked rock walls. The name of the heiau translates to “hill of escape” and served a pivotal role in the governing of Waimea Valley in the pre-contact era. It was at this heiau that religious ceremonies were practiced up until 1819, when the Kapu System was banned. The heiau was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
It’s been a while since I’ve done 8 Exposures. No worries though, I haven’t forgotten about my trusty SX-70. It’s just that, I had left it to sit on my shelf for a month or so, to let it sort out whatever issues it had. About two months ago, I took it out to Kaena Point for a little one-on-one time. But it just wasn’t meant to be.
Sometimes, it’s best to just take it easy. Of course, turtles know how to do that the best. Here are a few shots of a pair of lazy turtles, sunbathing to their heart’s content. They were both very photogenic.
One of the most frequent email questions that I receive from Exploration: Hawaii readers is: “What are some kid friendly hiking trails on Oahu?” This post will help to answer that question. First of all, I will disregard the three hikes that both you and your children probably have already done: Diamond Head, Makapuu Light House, and the Manoa Falls Trail. Of course, these three hikes are definitely good options if you haven’t already completed them. I’d like to focus a bit on the more obscure, or out-of-the-way trails. It’ll add to your child’s sense of adventure, and maybe get them hooked on the outdoors. You’ve been warned.
NOTE: none of the trails listed below are probably appropriate for infants or toddlers. These are NOT the kind of hikes meant for infants or toddlers. I’d probably say kids 10 and older can manage the trails below, but of course, you, the parent, is the best judge of whether or not your child can hike the trails listed below. Try these hikes first: Diamond Head, Makapuu Light House, and the Manoa Falls Trail, before you try the ones listed below. I have no hikes to suggest for those looking to hike with an infant or toddler in a hiking backpack.
With that said, here are 5 great kid friendly hikes on Oahu. Below each description, I provide estimates for time and distance, a few tips, and trailhead directions. Each of these hikes were also previously mentioned in depth here and I have provided links to those posts as well. Before you venture out on any of these hikes, please review these tips on hiking safely in Hawaii. Have a suggestion for a great kid friendly hike? Leave it in the comments!