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Awa’awapuhi Trail of Waimea Canyon – the Magical Eel Valley

Awa’awapuhi Trail of Waimea Canyon – the Magical Eel Valley

Awa’awapuhi Trail is located in the beautiful Waimea Canyon, on the west side of the island of Kauai. Waimea Canyon is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Awa’awapuhi Trail is a spectacular hike within the Waimea Canyon, with the most stunning view of the Na Pali coast at the end of its 3.25 mile hike to the lookout. The trail is moderately difficult, and people that are physically fit would enjoy this hike. It’s 6.5 miles round trip,…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

In 1993’s ground-breaking Jurassic Park, tourists are pitted against genetically-engineered theme park dinosaurs. But if there’s something visually-striking about the movie besides its special effects, it’s the alluring backdrop. The remote island setting may be fictional, but its lush valleys, rugged mountains and majestic coastlines are very real. Along with the bestselling novel on which it’s based, Jurassic Park is set in Costa Rica, but it was actually filmed in Hawaii. Various filming locations included Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch and Kauai’s…

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Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

UPDATE Nov 2018:  Due to major flooding and landslides of 2018, the highway leading to the Na Pali Coast Wilderness Park is closed. The state of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail is also being evaluated. Presently, it is not known when the trail will be accessible again. Kalalau Beach, located in the midst of the Na Pali Coast, is one of the most breathtaking and secluded beaches in the world.  Kalalau Beach is the final destination of the Kalalau Trail, which has…

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Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Come join the class, it’s called Hawaii 101 or What everyone needs to know about these enchanted isles. Whether you’re a wahini (wa-heenee) woman, or kane (kaw-nay) man, a malahini (mawla-heenee) newcomer, or a kama’aaina (kawmah-eye-nah) children of the land, it’s good to know the basics about your islands. First, there are 8 islands, actually a couple hundred stringing halfway up to Alaska, but there only are 8 main ones. And each island has a nick-name. Hawaii Island is so…

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The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

Derived from an enchantingly beautiful language with only 13 characters, aloha is one of the most famous words in the world. Through the magic of movies, television, and music most people on Earth have had at least a small glimpse of Hawai’i. But to understand the meaning of the word aloha, let’s try to slow down to the beat of the local rhythm and follow the roots of the authentic Hawaiian culture — as opposed to its commercial tourist form….

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