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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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Journal: Birding – Java Finches Captured by GoPro

October 10, 2016 |

An advantage of having a house with palm trees is buying a bird feeder. How lovely is it to have your morning coffee, listening and watching the birds. Bird food with a GoPro strapped to the tree and you’ve got yourself a show. Enjoy! Read More

Boating: Life in Oahu – Magical Days with Wild Locals

October 6, 2016 |

My best experience with Oahu’s Spinner Dolphins was just my Christmas Eve Snorkel with Spinner Dolphins in the warm waters of Hawaii. But no complaining here. I always feel blessed to see them wild and free in the ocean. Enjoy the video. Read More

Explore Hawaii: Hiking – Found and Climbed a Hunter’s Tree Stand

October 2, 2016 | 2

Out hiking in West Oahu and found what I imagine as the dreamy tree house I never had as a kid. But I know hunters come to this area to hunt game birds, goats and wild boar so this must be their tree stand. I just had to climb and inspect it further. Wouldn’t you?! First time doing this. Here we go. 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

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