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Boating: First Time Snorkeling around the Underwater Pipe at Electric Beach

January 3, 2017 |

Having a cousin who grew up in Oahu but currently lives in Washington, he showed us one of his favorite places to snorkel in West Oahu. Jumping aboard our 20-foot motorized Mako 204cc, we head out exploring for spinner dolphins and humpback whales to allow the sun comes up and warm us all up. We arrived where the local power plant was visible about 100 yards from the beach area. But what lies beneath… underneath the water are two giant cooling pipes that pump warm water out. The flowing water is more than strong enough send you doing underwater cartwheels but I called it the “Underwater Pipe Elevator.” Enjoy the video.

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Explore Hawaii: Hiking – Video Highlights of 2016

December 31, 2016 |

January 1st, 2016 was my official commitment to hike more in life while living in Oahu. By December 31, 2016, I had 29 hikes under my belt ranging from beginner to advanced hikes. At this point, I’ve only been able to put together 3 videos in this post but many references to my hiking journal photo albums.

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Music and Concerts: Sting Live at Blaisdell Arena

November 4, 2016 |

2 Tickets: Upper Level, Section 26, Seats: K 1 and K 2. Sting started at 8:05pm so we had only missed one song. What a turnout! Parking was a challenge as the Blaisdell’s lot was full ($7.00 parking). Luckily, next door at McKinley High School they had opened up their parking for $6 and proceeds went to their ROTC program. Perfect! With 2 encores (“hana hou”), the concert was energizing and went by too fast. Thank you Sting for adding Hawaii to your tour list. For those who couldn’t attend, check out his setlist… Read More

Bladders vs Bottles for Staying Hydrated on the Hiking Trail

June 24, 2016 |

With 24 hikes under my belt this year, it was only on my most recent 24th hike that I had a Camelbak instead of a backpack full of water bottles. As you’re on the trail with other experienced hikers you notice how hydrated they stay and they don’t seem to be stopping to fiddle with their backpack to grab those water bottles. Read More

The Ugly Side of Travel – Change Fees by Greedy Hawaiian Airlines

June 23, 2016 |

Been traveling with Hawaiian over 8 years since I’ve moved to the islands. But now I will switch to Alaska Airlines for my flights to/from the mainland. Here’s why: Read More

Explore Hawaii: Hiking – Kawa’ewa’e

April 30, 2016 |

First Time: Another great hike with Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club. Starts at the Friendship Gardens in Kaneohe. The hike offers great views of Kane’ohe and the bay, Coconut Island (aka Gilligan’s Island), Pali Notches, Stairway to Heaven, and the Mokes. Fortunately, this day’s hike offered great weather of partly cloudy skies with refreshing breezes on the ridge.

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Explore Hawaii: Hiking – A different way up Koko Head

March 10, 2016 |

We’ve accomplished hiking the Koko Head Railway Trail several times before, in the past years. It’s a short but steep incline type of hike with an appropriate nickname “The Ultimate Stairmaster.” A bit challenging for creaky knees with over 1,000+ steps to the top which offers scenic view for its victors. This day, we took the more mountainous climb up to a natural arch on the crater’s rim. A fun, gusty birthday hike! Read More

40th Annual – Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Classic (Makaha, HI)

February 14, 2016 |

The events include 9 different types of surfing: four surfboard (10 ft and over) divisions, paipo, alai’a, bodyboard, bullyboard, canoe, SUPsquatch, tandem surfing, and team SUP surfing. It’s an annual event not to miss because it promotes the stoke that surfing gives all of us. It doesn’t feel like any other competition of constant cutbacks for points. Read More