Exploring The Inside of The Makapuu Lighthouse

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.

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Bellows Field Beach Park Overnight Camping

I’ve been wanting to camp at Bellows Field Beach Park for some time now, but never actually took the initiative to secure a campground permit. Until recently, that is. Camping permits at Bellows go quickly, and are usually gone within a day or two of becoming available. Camping is available for permitting two Fridays prior to the Friday that you want to camp (at 5pm HST). Your best shot at securing one of these permits is to sit at your computer on a late Friday afternoon, and continually refresh the City & County of Honolulu Camping Permits website until you can select the weekend that you desire. The permit will set you back $32 (a $2 administrative fee is included in this price).

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Maunawili Ditch Trail: The State’s Only Designated Horse Trail

The Maunawili Ditch Trail is a short loop trail located in the back of Waimanalo at the end of Waikupanaha Street. I’ll cut to the chase with this trail. It’s boring. This sanctioned maintained trail doesn’t offer much of a challenge, nor does it offer any type of reward at the end. There is no spectacular lookout point or tall waterfall. It’s a foothill hike and not much more. This might be the only trail that you’ll step on in which you’ll be outnumbered by mountain bikers and even horses. Yes, horses. The Maunawili Ditch Trail is the only Na Ala Hele state maintained trail that allows for horseback riding. And yes, we did encounter a horseback rider.

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8 Exposures Vol. 1: Above The Koolau Summit

Note: [REMOVED] is a closed trail and is not open to the public. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairments] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Because of this, many of the photos from this post have been removed. Mahalo.

On a recent trip to New York, I had the chance to stop by the Impossible Project Space New York City, to check out their stock of vintage Polaroid cameras. I ended up leaving the shop with a refurbished Polaroid Cool Cam, circa 1988. I was seven when this camera was released. Essentially, the Cool Cam is a rebranded model of Polaroid’s Sun 600 line of cameras (originally released in 1983; I was just two then). I had originally wanted to pick up a rainbow striped OneStep SX-70 Land Camera. However, I found the striking red hardware on the Cool Cam very attractive. It’s like Polaroid had the foresight to do a (Product)RED product before (Product)RED was even a thing. Nonetheless, I had left New York City with a 25-year-old camera, one pack of color film, one pack of black and white film, and a vintage Polaroid carrying bag. I was ready to shoot Hawaii, with Impossible film.

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Maunawili Falls: A Classic Waterfall Hike Tucked Behind Mount Olomana

It’s been years since I last did Maunawili Falls Trail. To be exact, it’s been 6 long years. This was one of those of hikes that I never forgot because I did it on a random summer day with a close group of college friends. One of them was even convinced to skip out on lab after being promised that he would be back in time for an important lab meeting. He was assured that the hike would last only 30 minutes. Of course, it didn’t last 30 minutes. And of course, he missed out on his lab meeting. Since then, two of us have completed PhD’s (myself and the friend that assured the other friend that the hike would last just 30 minutes), one of us is on the brink of completing a PhD (the one that got suckered into thinking it was a 30 minute hike), and one will soon be a licensed pharmacist. A lot happened over the last 6 years.

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A Sunrise Hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse Lookout

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?

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