Ka’au Crater, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 16, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Ka’au Crater is one of three crater hikes on the island of Oahu (the other two are Diamond Head, a fairly easy hike, and Koko Head, a more moderate hike with a great cardio workout); it is the most intense hike out of the three, but also very rewarding. If you can push through the … Continue reading Ka’au Crater, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Lanai Lookout, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

August 14, 2014 Categories Travel, USA

The Lanai Lookout is one of my favorite spots on all of Oahu. Coincidentally, it’s located directly on the other side of my favorite hike, Koko Head. The short drive around to the lookout is pure bliss – beautifully paved, curvy road, cliffs dropping off into the ocean on the right, and mountainous peaks jutting … Continue reading Lanai Lookout, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

Makapu’u Beach Park, Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii

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The Makapu’u Beach is a gorgeous beach along the Kalanianaole Highway on the south-eastern end of Oahu. From the beach you can enjoy a nice view of two islands: Rabbit Island (the bigger one; known locally as Manana Island) and Black Rock (the smaller one; known locally as Kaohikaipu Island).

Laniakea Beach, Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

August 13, 2014 Categories Travel, USA

Laniakea Beach is located along the North Shore of Oahu. It’s a beautiful beach with gorgeous black rocks and palms all around. If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of some sea turtles, this is an excellent place to go.

Lanikai Pillboxes, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

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The Lanikai Pillboxes, or Ka’iwa Ridge Trail, is in my list of Top 3 hikes in Hawaii; the other two being Koko Head and the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail. This trail has amazingly beautiful views and yet most people only hike the first portion of the trail. The “pillboxes” are old military bunkers built up on … Continue reading Lanikai Pillboxes, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Pu’u Pia, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

July 22, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Pu’u Pia Trail is a very secluded, easy hike without a lot of other people. This hike can be used as a romantic getaway, a picnic, or a refreshing escape. The trail head is actually the same path for two different hikes: the Pu’u Pia Trail and the Kolowalu Trail. About 5 minutes in, … Continue reading Pu’u Pia, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

May 8, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail is in my list of Top 3 hikes in Hawaii. For me, nothing beats Koko Head, but if I’m out for a little bit of a longer hike with a good workout and great views, Kuli’ou’ou Ridge is it. My other favorite hike is the Lanikai Pillbox Trail. For the first 10 … Continue reading Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

May 25, 2009 Categories Travel, USA

As an American, there are certain things I feel you just have to see in your lifetime. One of those things is Mount Rushmore, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This memorial is just amazing. There is so much detail and precision that it’s hard to believe that it was carved using dynamite! … Continue reading Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

May 23, 2009 Categories Travel, USA

Multnomah Falls is a waterfall located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. This beast has a total height of 620 feet. It’s first drop is 542 feet, followed by a second drop of 69 feet. It’s a mighty impressive view and even has a bridge you can walk across to proclaim yourself … Continue reading Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Moki Dugway (Hwy 261), Utah

May 16, 2009 Categories Road Trips, Travel, USA

The Moki Dugway is an unpaved, 3 mile long, steeply graded switchback road that traverses up the side of Cedar Mesa in Utah. It’s part of Highway 261, which is a paved road, however this 3 mile section of road is just gravel. It was built in 1958 by a mining company to transport uranium! … Continue reading Moki Dugway (Hwy 261), Utah