Tag: Hiking

Hiking Mauna Loa Volcano

The view from the summit of Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island is beyond compare. On a clear day, the horizon stretches out endlessly before you at 13, 678 feet above sea level. On an exceptionally clear day you can see the actual curvature of the earth itself. It is astonishing and absolutely unforgettable, and it […]

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Makapu’u Lighthouse: A History

Since improvements were completed in 2015, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail has become one of the most popular hiking destinations on Oahu. It is also historically significant. Improvements to the area include much-needed additional parking and the paving of the original path. Located at the very tip of southeast Oahu, the is ideal for novice hikers […]

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Hiking in Hawaii 101 

Hiking in Hawaii can be great exercise and a unique way to see the islands’ beauty. But it can also be dangerous, especially on difficult trails, in extreme weather, or when you’re unprepared.  But that shouldn’t deter you from making these treks. Instead, follow along as we outline our favorite tips and resources for hiking […]

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Top 10 Things to Do in Kauai for Free (Or Almost Free)

It’s actually possible to find free things to do during your Hawaii vacation, even if you don’t want to sit on the beach your entire time here. We’ve got the top things to do in Kauai for free that are lots of fun. Do you see a trend emerging here? I’m always looking for a […]

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Mauna Kea’s Summit: Know Before You Go!

On a recent trip to the Big Island, some friends convinced me to make the perilous trek to the summit of Mauna Kea. I was more than a little apprehensive about it, but never having done it before, I figured I’d suppress my fears and go along. It’s always been on my bucket list, which […]

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Exploring Hawaiian Bamboo Groves

Hawaii, known for its myriad landscapes, promises a journey of vibrant contrasts. One moment, you’re treading along a secluded forest trail, and the next, you find yourself dwarfed amidst a soaring bamboo grove. The dramatic transformation in the terrain, from dense forests to towering bamboo groves, paints a vivid picture of Hawaii’s diverse ecosystems. This […]

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Oahu’s Kaena Point: The End of the Road in Hawaii

One small corner of Oahu is only accessible on foot: Kaena Point. Roads from both directions end at this westernmost edge of the island, making it impossible to drive completely around Oahu. This seclusion preserves one of the last intact dune ecosystems in the main Hawaiian islands. A Sacred Place for Hawaiians, a Sanctuary for […]

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How to See The Best Hawaii Mountains

When you think of Hawaii, you probably first imagine its tranquil beaches and glistening sunsets. But once you’re here, you’ll be awestruck by another sight: the towering Hawaii Mountains.  And most of them are begging to be explored, either from their valley or their peaks (or maybe both). Many states have mountains, but none are […]

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Exploring Manoa Valley

Exploring Manoa Valley is a must-do when visiting Oahu. Manoa is a residential valley neighborhood. It is approximately 3 miles inland from downtown, close to Waikiki and Ala Moana. While it may not be on the list for tourists, it is a worthwhile spot to check out, offering a look into one of Oahu’s older […]

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