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The Famous Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Lanikai Pillbox Hike Opener

The Lanikai pillbox hike is easily one of the most famous hikes on Oahu (after Stairway to Heaven, Koko Head, and Diamond Head). If you’re new to hiking, this could be a good way to motivate yourself to do a slightly more challenging hike.  If you’re basically a pro hiker, this little trail will have a super rewarding view for the little bit of effort you’ll have to put in.  Either way, here are some basics to help you with the Lanikai pillbox hike.

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Hawaii / North America / Ultimate Guides

The Ultimate Guide to Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

I did not ever think that I would be writing an ultimate guide to Kapolei, Hawaii post, but I am.  The little city I grew up in is starting to boom, so I’m starting to think that it deserves an ultimate guide of its own.

*Note: while the Ko Olina Lagoons are included within the Kapolei zip code, they will be excluded from this guide, as I have already written about the area in The Ultimate Guide to the Ko Olina Lagoons.

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Hawaii / North America

Five of the Best Waterfall Hikes on Oahu

Waterfall Hikes on Oahu Waimano Falls

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.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Ko Olina Lagoons, Hawaii

The Ko Olina Lagoons Secret

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 …

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Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii

Where to get the best malasadas on Oahu Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery
If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a foodie.  I mean, I created a two-part Hawaii food bucket list (here’s part 1 and part 2).  I go around the island of Oahu trying to find the best of the best.  Sometimes I end up trying some pretty bad dishes (when I wrote this post on where to get the best poke bowls on Oahu, I tried some truly terrible poke before finding these four).  I’m not going to lie, I had to try some awful malasadas for this post as well.  But my taste buds suffered so yours didn’t have to.  Here’s where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii.

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