Category Archive: Hawaii Guidebooks

The Duke

On the short list of the koolest kats who have ever lived is Duke Kahanamoku—Olympic swimming champion (medaling in events from 1912 to 1924), surfing legend, and the ranking royalty on Waikiki Beach… Continue reading

Adventure Snike to Moloki’i Island

The best snikes in Hawaii (snorkeling to an island and then taking a hike on it) are on Oahu’s Windward shore. They are also the only such swim-to hikes in Hawaii, but no… Continue reading

Easy thrill: Manoa Falls, Oahu

Not far from Waikiki, Manoa Falls Trail sees a lot of footprints, among them unsuspecting tourists who sign up with a tour guide and pay for an “adventure hike.” Still, the 1.5-mile roundtrip… Continue reading

Hana Highway Maui: the journey is the destination

Hana is a sleepy hamlet at the end of a long and winding road (to paraphrase George Harrison, who had a getaway pad halfway along). The highway’s dozens of narrow bridges and cliff-hanging… Continue reading

Hawaii’s Towering Wave: JAWS

Hard to get to, tempermental, dangerous to ride, rumored to reach heights of 120 feet on the face of the wave and move as fast as 30 mph, that’s Maui’s Jaws (Pe’ahi). You’ll… Continue reading

Waikiki: every enchanted evening

An eight-block grid of highrise hotels packed between the Pacific and the Ala Wai Canal, Waikiki Beach is indeed a ticky-tack post-war contrivance to bring tourists by the boatload (now plane load). But… Continue reading

Hawaii guidebooks: stick with the BEST

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Kauai’s Lydgate Park

There are many dozens of great beach parks in Hawaii, and many more dozens of beaches that families will call their favorite. But if for some bizarre reason, only one park could be… Continue reading