Tag Archive: Oahu Trailblazer

Tourist trot to Manoa Falls still a thrill

Close to metro Honolulu and a destination for “adventure tour” buses, Manoa Falls is not a wilderness experience. Parking is five bucks. But get over it and you will enjoy this jaunt (1.5… Continue reading

Hawaii for Christmas with the Trailblazers

For the hiker, stroller, surfer, kayker, biker, snorkeler, sun worshipper, armchair traveler, or lover of all things Hawaiian on your list. These books exude “aloha” and are designed for families and independent travelers.… Continue reading

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

Oahu: Stairway to Koko

Thanks to the decrepit railroad ties of a supply line to a military installation in World War II, exercise hikers can hop up more than 1,000 feet to the top of Koko Crater… 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

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

Oahu’s North Shore: surf city

Every island has a north shore, but there is only one North Shore, on Oahu, known to surfers around the world. Within a few miles along the surprisingly rural Kamehameha Highway are four… Continue reading