Category Archive: HawaiiOutside

Kauai’s Sleeping Giant is no yawner

The signature landmark on Kauai’s Coconut Coast (the east shore) is Nounou Mountain, known as the ‘Sleeping Giant,’ since its ridge looks like the face of a rather large warrior in repose. Hikers… Continue reading

Spend a glamorous day at the ‘Hollywood of Hawaii’

Kualoa Regional Park on Oahu’s windward coast is next-door to the darling of Hawaii attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and for that reason gets overlooked by most tourists. But locals are hip to… Continue reading

The high-and-lowdown on Oahu’s cuckoo Koko Crater

Kissing cousin to the more-famous Diamond Head volcano, Koko Crater sits right across the highway from the most popular snorkeling venue in Hawaii (Hanauma Bay). Beginning at a parking lot for Koko Crater… Continue reading

Oahu’s Maunawili Falls: A short trip to the ‘Heart of Darkness’

The 3-mile round-trip (375 feet of elevation) to Maunawili Falls may spec out as a cakewalk, but it walks more like a jungle trek a la Conrad’s novel, upon which the movie Apocalypse Now… Continue reading

Why do few visitors see one of the very best coasts in Hawaii?

Puna, the big nose of the Big Island that points east, is by any measure one of the best places to visit in the state, but not that many people see it since… Continue reading

Make sure your Hawaiian Vacation is a Honeymoon and not a Blind Date from Hell

Say the words “Hawaiian Vacation” to 100 people and you are likely to get 100 positive responses—and all 100 will differ from one another. The fact is, one person’s dream vacation is another… Continue reading

Oahu’s Mt. Olympus: The Wild Green Yonder above Waikiki

Fifteen minutes after twirling a cocktail umbrella at Waikiki Beach, you can be embarking on one of the best tropical ridge hikes in Hawaii. The trek to Mt. Olympus (as students at the… Continue reading

Historic Kua Bay is now Kona’s most happening beach scene

Fewer than ten years ago—and a thousand years before that—Kua Bay was reachable only by walking down a rutted, unsigned “road,” located about ten miles north of touristy Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.… Continue reading

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