Category Archive: Oahu

Why Waikiki? It’s Wacky, Relaxing, Affordable.

Ala Wai Canal on Oahu was dredged a hundred years ago, draining a swamp and setting the stage for the canyons of high-rise hotels, designer shops, and eateries that draws millions of sun-seekers… 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

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

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

Is this Hawaii’s sexiest beach?

Dreamy Lanikai Beach on Windward Oahu is pure eye candy, with cupcake islands just offshore its silky sands. Flowering shrubs line the paths from an uber-cool beach cottage community. Don’t be surprised to… Continue reading

The yin and the yang of Waikiki Beach

Most people think of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach as a kind of Las Vegas, minus the casinos, plus the ocean. And that view is true. The two miles of sand—from Ala Wai Harbor to… Continue reading

Everybody’s gone surfin’ at Waimea Bay

The North Shore of Oahu boasts the Mt. Rushmore of pro-surfing venues—Pipeline, Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay—where real-life beach boys and girls ride unreal waves. The shore also has a few dozen… Continue reading

How the history of Hawaii foretells the future of the Earth

There are eight main Hawaiian Islands, created by erupting lava in a universe of ocean, just as there are eight planets (sorry Pluto) adrift in space. Hawaii is easily the world’s most isolated… Continue reading

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