Hiking The Pali Notches

Pali Notches Chimney.

Getting There The Pali Notches is one of the more intense hikes on Oahu. To get there from town, drive on the Pali Highway and follow the signs for the Pali Lookout, or the Nuuanu Pali. Or, simply type Pali Lookout into your GPS. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Honolulu. There are two entrances leading up to the trail. The more inconspicuous one is in front of the paid parking meter. The hike is relatively short and can…

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An Unforgettable Hawaii Proposal

I haven’t posted in a while because July was INSANE. I’m pretty sure 99% of my friends on this island were born during this month so between camping trips, boat parties, BBQ’s, and dinners I’ve barely had time to catch a breath (a lot to complain about, I know). And on top of all that, my best friends boyfriend and I were planning their PROPOSAL IN HAWAII! Chase reached out to me at the end of June telling me his…

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Upcycling, DIY & Sustainability

Hanging shelf on reclaimed wood

The majority of my blog posts focus on the great outdoors and travel but I’d like to take an opportunity to come back to living a sustainable lifestyle. If you’ve read the ‘About Me‘ page on the site then you know I am all about living local, supporting small businesses and striving for environment friendly products. I also try to up-cycle as much as possible and am always looking for DIY projects. That being said I recently moved from my…

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Exploring Maui: The Valley Isle

Haleakala Sunset

Living on Oahu is amazing, but when I have a long weekend I love to explore the neighbor islands. Since I haven’t visited Maui in two years, it seemed necessary to take a quick trip over Easter weekend. It helps when some of your best friends used to live there and can give you a pretty amazing to-do list. It’s even better when they decide to join you and show you their favorite spots in person (thanks Macey & Liz).…

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Swimming to Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli’i)

As mentioned in my Oahu Favorites post, one of the best things to do is swim out to Chinaman’s hat (Mokoli’i) on the east side of the island. With water shoes and at low tide you can walk from the beach area out to the small island. At low tide the water will be about waist high. However, I highly recommend bringing a kayak, boogie board, paddle board,  floats and/or fins. The swim is best recommended for people who are experienced…

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Wa’ahila Ridge Trail to Mount Olympus

Trail to Mt. Olympus

Mount Olympus is one of the prettiest hikes town side on Oahu. There are two ways to reach the summit. The first trail begins in Manoa valley and the second trail begins on the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail in St. Louis Heights. I’ve done both, but I think I enjoy the latter trail best. The hike takes about 4 hours round trip and is ~5 miles long. Getting there: Driving through St. Louis Heights you’ll take Peter Street pretty much all…

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Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail: A Quick and Easy Ridge Hike

Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

The Wiliwilinui trail is tucked back in a gated community in Hawaii Kai. It is a very well maintained path and all you need to do is collect a parking pass from the gate guard before you begin. This hike is 2.5 miles long and takes about 2 hours to complete. Getting there: Take H-1 to Hawaii Kai until H-1 turns into Kalanianaole Highway. Turn left on Laukahi Street and follow the road until you approach Waialae Iki subdivision guard station. The…

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Tom Tom Trail: Makapu’u to Waimanalo

Tom Tom Puka

Every time there’s a holiday in Hawaii I try to take complete advantage of outdoors. This MLK day my friend Courtney and I decided to tackle the Tom Tom trail on the east side of the island. The trail is about 6.6 miles from Makapuu to Waimanalo and about 3-4 to and from the Tom Tom Trail Puka. We decided to do the entire 6.6 mile route. How to get to Tom Tom Trail Begin from the ever popular Makapuu…

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Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long, and Cat Ba

Northern Vietnam

Vietnam: Part 2 Traveling in SEA is extremely cheap which is why it’s such an ideal place for backpackers. We spent our first half of the week exploring Saigon in southern Vietnam and spent the last half in northern Vietnam. Our flight from south to north was only an hour and cost us about 30 dollars one way. We left Ho Chi Minh City and landed in Hanoi around midnight. We booked a hostel in Hanoi for one night and…

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Southern Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta

Guide to Southern Vietnam

Vietnam: Part 1 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Nicole, Lauren, and I departed Bangkok and headed to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The visa-upon-arrival took about two hours at the airport, but what can ya do? We took a cab to our hostel in District 1 and by that time it was already 8pm and we were exhausted. Travelers tip: The first thing we noticed when we stepped outside was how humid hot the air was. If you’re traveling to…

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