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Manoa Falls and Maunawili Falls – Two Great Hikes in Honolulu Watershed Forest

Manoa Falls and Maunawili Falls – Two Great Hikes in Honolulu Watershed Forest

Hawaii is known for some amazing natural sites. Among them are the waterfalls of the Honolulu Watershed. The two most popular waterfalls accessible to tourists on Oahu are Manoa Falls and Maunawili Falls. The trails are maintained by the city and county of Honolulu, so they are safe, but also rocky and wet. It is Hawaii and rain can happen anytime, from a drizzle to a downpour. So be prepared for rain anytime you hike in Hawaii. Related: What is…

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Crouching Lion Hike: A Walk through the Jungle

Crouching Lion Hike: A Walk through the Jungle

The Crouching Lion is a formidable hike, only for experienced hikers. It is formidable because of the steep climb through the thick forest, stepping over large tree roots webbing throughout the trail, slippery grounds, overgrown bushes, and the risky walk on knife-edge hilltops with sharp 1000 feet drop offs. Want to feel like Tarzan for a day? This is your jungle! The Crouching Lion is also known as the Pu’u Manamana. Pu’u in Hawaiian means “hill”, and Manamana means “supernatural…

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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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Koko Head Trail Hike: a 1048-step challenge

Koko Head Trail Hike: a 1048-step challenge

I like my life simple, with challenges. Same reason that I like Koko Head Trail, located on the island of Oahu; it is a simple, straight upward, and a challenging hike. It was an automatic choice for me to take my friend to when she came to visit me. Koko Head Trail, also known as Koko Crater Trail, is located inside the Koko Head District Park at 423 Kaumakani St, Honolulu, HI 96825. It is a short ten-minute drive from…

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Oahu Hikes: Laie Falls Trail and Kaiwa Ridge Trail

Oahu Hikes: Laie Falls Trail and Kaiwa Ridge Trail

On my first visit to the island of Oahu I had a rough plan of what experiences, hikes and sites I would like to take part in while vacationing. I knew that I wanted to make hiking a priority and I’m so glad that I did. Whether the hike ends at a waterfall (Laie Falls Trail) or with a spectacular view from a trek to somewhere high above (Kaiwa Ridge Trail), each hike will give you a whole new perspective…

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Haleiwa Town – Historical and Cultural Center on North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa Town – Historical and Cultural Center on North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa (pronounced ‘hahlay-eeva’, Hawaiian transcription Hale’iwa) is a small beachfront town on the North shore Oahu. It has two great beach parks with beautiful sky and water views. The natural grace of the island is easy to enjoy here. Major surfing competitions are held in Haleiwa town every year. Local shops range from surf shops and gift shops to amazing offerings of talents from around the globe. Rich volcanic soils, coastal flats and fresh water wetlands that first attracted natives…

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Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls – One of the Best Easy Hikes in Oahu

Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls – One of the Best Easy Hikes in Oahu

For a great day trip in to nature, a family adventure, a luau or a destination wedding, Waimea Valley is a perfect spot. It is best to head out early in the day to tour the whole park (and beat the traffic). The Valley is a historical site, as well as an agricultural and spiritual one. The park, also known as Waimea Falls Park, is now run by a non-profit organization that works to promote and maintain the instruction of…

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Honolulu Museum of Art in Oahu: Come Be Ispired

Honolulu Museum of Art in Oahu: Come Be Ispired

The Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawaii’s largest fine arts museum. It was founded in 1922 by Anna Rice Cooke and has one of the largest collections of Asian and Pacific art in the United States, as well as art pieces from all over the world including big names like Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, Rivera. From oil paintings to ancient clothing to sculptures, you will find a universe of intriguing art. The Museum offers guided tours, walk around tours and…

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Vegan Oahu: A Guide to Vegan Food Options in Honolulu and Beyond

Vegan Oahu: A Guide to Vegan Food Options in Honolulu and Beyond

One of the biggest reasons I ventured out to Oahu was for the exposure of vegan eats outside of where I’m from (I am a Vegas local). Why not venture out to the healthiest state in America? Here are the top vegan spots on Oahu to check out when you’ve got a hankering for a delicious and nutritious meal. Listed below are the restaurants that serve a full-vegan menu. At the bottom of this article you will find the Vegan Oahu…

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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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