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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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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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Shark Dive, Oahu

Galapagos Shark

So you might think diving into shark infested waters without a cage is a little crazy. However, I’m happy to report that I’ve done this twice and made it out in one piece. This has nothing to do with actually being a mermaid, either. Now hear me out, sharks aren’t pets nor are they domestic in any way (and rightfully so) but they are truly majestic and powerful creatures of the ocean. You would think that the entire experience would…

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Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge

Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge

Most people head over to Hanauma Bay to snorkel, but one of the coolest costal spots on island is right around the corner: Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge. Before heading down to the bay to swim, follow the paved road to the right of the “Hanauma Bay” entrance sign. Yes, it’s gated with a ‘no trespassing’ sign so go at your own discretion. The hike is only about a mile or two but bring lots of water as there is zero shade.…

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Koko Head Arch

Koko Head Arch

If you read my Koko Head Crater post you probably think this is another murder hike. On the contrary, this is actually a short and sweet hike with equally impressive views. The Koko Head Arch trail head is located across from Halona Blowhole on the east side of the island.  Park there then cross the street and hop over the guard rail at mile marker 15. From there: Climb up the rocks until you’re on a flat surface. You’ll be…

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Koko Head Stairs of Doom

Koko Head Tram

Some people love the gym. I am NOT one of those people. My entire life, exercise has been daunting and it wasn’t until my early twenties when I started really putting in effort. However, living in Hawaii has made me more fit than I’ve ever been and I’ve never felt better. The secret? Outdoor activities. Why would I ever pay to go to a gym to climb the stair master when I have mountains I can climb in under an hour? Not to mention the amazing…

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