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Top Three (Local) Beaches to Visit on Oahu

Beach Essentials: First things first. IF you’re going to hang out at the local beaches in Hawaii, you should [try] to look like one. Below are some of my favorite beach essentials that I ALWAYS have with me. Sunbum is an environmentally safe sunscreen. Good for your skin, good for the ocean. I usually wear a 7-7.5 in regular shoes and can fit a XS/S fin, it just depends on how tight you want your strap. I never go to…

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Island Life

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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Island Life, travel

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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Island Life, travel

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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health, Island Life

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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Makapuu Trail to Tide Pools

Makapuu Tidepool

As mentioned in my Oahu Favorites post, one of my favorite spots on island is the Makapuu tide pools. The tide pools are a little detour from the ever popular Makapuu Lighthouse trail on the east side of Oahu. How to get there: If driving from Honolulu, park at the Makapuu lighthouse trail entrance on your right. Try to get there early as parking fills up rather quick. Start at the paved road and continue walking up. This is one…

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Kakaako Farmers Market – Shop Local

Fresh Produce at Kaakao Farmers Market

Kakaako Farmers Market: If you don’t already know, Hawaii is expensive. Almost everything we have on island is imported. As part of my mission to help make a sustainable Hawaii {and save a couple bucks} I always try to get my groceries from the farmers markets around the island. During the week I shop at one near my work but the weekend markets are my favorite, especially the Kakaako Farmers Market. So whether you’re on vacation or living here- this is a…

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health, Island Life, sustainable projects