Before visiting the Garden of the Gods, Lanai, Hawaii, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Even after looking at photos, I was still quite confused. Each shot looked quite different, and what they did have in common with the subjects seemed to very with the color, shape and location. All I understood was that there were round rocks, and there was orange dirt.
But I said to myself, if we just end up seeing rocks and dirt, so be it.
And I’m so glad I did, because those uncapturable round rocks and flecks of orange dirt created a location that was unlike any other place I’ve ever been. Continue reading …
Lanai is the smallest, publicly-accessible island in the Hawaiian chain. With a population of 3,000 people, no stoplights, and only 30 miles of paved roads, Lanai is a destination that usually gets overlooked. However, there are quite a few amazing things to do on Lanai, so here are the best of them.
If you’ve been keeping up with “Borders & Bucket Lists” for a bit, you’ll know that I absolutely love waterfalls. On Oahu, we don’t have the pull-up-and-take-a-picture waterfalls that many of the other Hawaiian Islands do. No, you have to go on a bit of a hike to reach any of our waterfalls on the island. That said, the waterfall hikes on Oahu are definitely worth a little bit of extra exercise.
I grew up going to the Ko Olina Lagoons nearly every single week. That was our family’s go-to beach. I remember when there were just the lagoons, the Ihilani (which is now the Four Seasons), two (instead of three) buildings of the Marriott, and the Fairways. That’s it. No other hotels, no other town houses, and no shops at all. It was a little secluded paradise.
But now, the Ko Olina Lagoons on the West side of Oahu, Hawaii are growing to be the second-largest tourist destination on the island, just after Waikiki. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a little different than it was before. But my 20+ years of experience at the Ko Olina Lagoons prove that I know the area better than nearly anyone else. To give you a better idea of where to stay, relax, have some fun, eat, and have a wedding, I’ve created this ultimate guide to the Ko Olina Lagoons in Hawaii. Continue reading …
Oahu, Hawaii has got tons of gorgeous hikes – some with waterfalls, some with a little bit of history, some that are a straight up work out, and some with stunning views. Oahu’s Ehukai pillbox hike definitely falls under the “stunning views” category, and it should not missed.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Hawaii each year, and I’ve always wondered how they make their decisions of which island to visit. Each island has its own unique experience, so I definitely think visitors should think a bit longer about which Hawaiian Island they want to visit. So here are a few little descriptions to help you answer the daunting question: what is the best Hawaiian Island to visit?
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The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii has TONS of things to do – from beaches to food to hiking to some adventures you would have never expected. It’s hard to narrow down exactly what you want to do without narrowing the list down too much. So I’ve decided to create a guide to the Ultimate North Shore, Oahu day trip.