After having driven to and from Hana to take Sheryl to do the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls, I knew I wouldn’t be up for driving at 3 in the morning the next day to go up Haleakala to view the sunrise. I browsed Hawaii’s official tourism site and decided to pay for a “Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour.”
The closest that most people get to the Makapuu Lighthouse is a distant view from the nearby Makapuu Lighthouse Lookout at the end of the paved trail. A few risk takers find ways to bypass the locked gates to get a close-up view of the old lighthouse. Only a handful of people have access to the inside of Makapuu Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper and the maintenance crew are a part of that handful. Exploration: Hawaii was granted an opportunity to visit the lighthouse, go inside of it, and get up-close-and-personal with the bulbs that light it.
We’ve got some fresh iPhone 5 (and 4/S) wallpapers for our favorite Exploration: Hawaii readers to download and use. Each of the four designs are bold, fun, and designed to bring out the explorer in all of us. The four new wallpapers feature the photography of the four core members of the Exploration: Hawaii crew, and includes the iconic views from Haleakala (photo by Coty), an epic sunrise from Hanauma Bay (photo by Ahnate), a turtle and his shadow (photo by Joel), and finally a stunning night shot taken in historic Waikiki (photo by Marvin). Download links are at the bottom of the post. We hope that you enjoy!
The Apple App Store offers mobile consumers the opportunity to access a library of apps that allow you to do a wide range of things, from farting-on-command, to finding a nearby restaurant, to even translating foreign languages. But are there any apps for the outdoor enthusiasts? Sure, of course there is. There are a ton. However, one of the problems of such a vast library of apps is sorting through the bunch and finding the ones that are best for you. I might not be able to tell you which apps are best for you, but I can surely share with you some of my favorite hiking/outdoor apps for the iPhone. Here are ten:
This is Instagram Hawaii Spotting: Volume 3. 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. I just returned from a short, 4 day and 3 night stay on the Big Island. Michelle and I had an amazing time. Here are a few Instagram shots taken during our most recent visit to the largest of the Hawaiian islands.
Collecting sunset and sunrise timelapses throughout Oahu is a current (and recent) obsession of mine. However, in order to capture these spectacular sunrises requires me waking up during obscene times in the morning. Take for example my most recent sunrise timelapse to the Lanikai Pillboxes located atop Ka’iwa ridge in the beautiful and affluent town of Lanikai. If memory serves me correct, I woke up at around 3:30 am to get ready for the hike and then left my apartment at around 4:30 am.
The Makapu’u Lighthouse trail offers some of the most breathtaking views that the island of Oahu has to offer. Located on the southern most part of the island, Makapu’u is home to the Makapu’u Lighthouse which was established in 1909. The paved trail is perfect for those looking for a quick not-to-strenuous hike and is especially well-suited for those with children. Having hiked Makapu’u multiple times in the past, I was looked to experience it in a different way. And what better way to enjoy Makapu’u than at sunrise?