Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Sunrise or sunset are the best times for this no-shade hike

We’ve got our big trip to Iceland coming up in a couple of weeks. I had purchased a Mavic Pro drone to use for our travels, but have not really practiced flying it very much at all. In need of some exercise, and a cool place to try and take some practice drone footage, we decided to head out to Makapu’u for a short hike up to the lighthouse.

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Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail & Missile Alerts

The trail summit off in the distance

This morning I set out on to the east side for a hike up Wiliwilinui Ridge with my friend, Will. As I pulled into the parking area for the trail my phone began to buzz with an alert. As I read the message that appeared on my phone, my mind did not quite understand. I read it again. And again. Surely this must be some mistake?

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Kaena Point (Southern Trail)

You’ll find the start of the trail at the the western end of Farrington Highway

I was born and raised here on Oahu. But, despite calling Oahu home for 25 years (after deducting those 5 years spent in MN), I have never made it out the most western point of the island. Since moving back to Honolulu last fall I’ve been slowly working in a few hikes to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. While the southern trail to Kaena point is more of a walk down a dirt road than a hike, it still affords some stunning views and the rare opportunity to encounter wildlife such as monk seals and albatross.

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Overlooking the beautiful bay from the entrance of the nature preserve

Undoubtedly one of the most visited sites on Oahu, the nature preserve of Hanauma Bay provides one of the easiest accesses to a coral reef teeming with fish. Upwards of one million people visit the bay each year. While many of these visitors are tourists, locals still make it out to enjoy the waters, snorkeling, and the beach. Since we live nearby, it was easy enough for us to get up early to beat the crowds and enjoy a morning of snorkeling and sun.

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Niu Valley Middle School Cleanup Day

The Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise turned out to help clear up yard debris (photo credit: Ryan Kawamoto)

I really enjoyed our last half-day community service project, helping to clear invasive mangrove trees at a fish pond in Kaneohe Bay. For this month’s project we stayed in the East Oahu area and helped Niu Valley Middle School with a campus cleanup project. About a dozen of my fellow rotarians turned up early this past Saturday to pitch in and help!

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