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Month: May 2018

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Lanikai Pillbox Hike is an easy, pleasant and beautiful trail, located in the prestigious neighborhood of Lanikai, on the east side of the island of Oahu. It’s also known as Kaiwa Ridge Trail. Lanikai means “heavenly sea”, and this scenic trail depicted exactly that: clear blue ocean with the iconic Mokulua islands as its backdrop. From the start of the hike to the second pillbox is 0.6 mile. People usually turn around at the second pillbox, however, it is possible…

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Molokai Day 2 – Dixie Maru Beach, Papohaku Beach, Halawa Valley

Molokai Day 2 – Dixie Maru Beach, Papohaku Beach, Halawa Valley

The second day of our Family of Five’s Journey to Molokai. After a satisfying night of peaceful sleep, we were ready to explore Molokai!  The girls wanted to check out the beach along the property edge of Molokai Shores. We soon discovered that this was an unusual spot. Rather than proper sand, this was a mud beach. Every step was met with the interesting sensation of warm mud squishing between our toes. The water was very shallow so our ocean…

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Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is such a Neverland you won’t be surprised that each island has its own color, 8 islands, 8 colors. Most all given for the color of flowers growing on each isle. The Hawaiian islands is a lei of colorful flowers, strung across the sea. Is this a charming state or what? Here are the official colors and flowers of Hawaiian islands from the bottom to the top, Hawaii to Ni’ihau. The Big Island – Red – Lehua flower First,…

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Molokai Day 1 – A Family of Five’s Journey the Friendly Isle

Molokai Day 1 – A Family of Five’s Journey the Friendly Isle

Join one family’s holiday voyage to Hawaii’s 5th largest island. This island is approximately 38 miles long and 10 miles wide, with the tallest sea cliffs in the world, zero traffic lights, rumored to  be the birthplace of hula, and home of U.S.’s longest continuous fringing reef. Can you guess what tropical paradise this is? It is…Molokai! Flying from Oahu to Molokai Before dawn, my husband and I and our three sleepy daughters climbed aboard a small plane departing from…

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Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Welcome to Hawaii!  It’s always good to know the symbols of the state you visit. Best to start with the big 5 Hawaii state symbols, the state flower, the state bird, the state nickname, the motto, and the little state fish with the big name. Once you know these you’re on your way to being a real local. You can already guess other Hawaii symbols like the state sport, surfing, and the state musical instrument, the ukulele (pronounced “oo”-ku-lay’-lee” not…

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Hawaiian Shave Ice and Places to Enjoy It on Oahu

Hawaiian Shave Ice and Places to Enjoy It on Oahu

Hawaiian shave ice (note: ‘shave’, not ‘shaved’) is a delicacy that is nostalgic to locals for its duo of artificial flavored syrups and brightly colored plastic flower cups.  It was brought to the islands by Japanese immigration workers in the 1900s. And was it the perfect match to Hawaiian warm weather! Today you can find anyone from old-timers to children crowding eagerly around store fronts to enjoy this delicacy. Soft and powdery hand shaped domes infused with colorful sections of flavor are…

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