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  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement. Read More
  • The Magic of XTERRA Trail Running at Kualoa Ranch

    xterra trail run at kualoa starting lineOver the past forty minutes on the bus ride from Waikiki to Kualoa Ranch, Alex had shared her story with me. She’d arrived with her mother from Melbourne, Australia, not more than 24 hours before. They’d started exploring Waikiki almost immediately, discovering the pop-up tents and group yoga and running demonstrations on the grassy area at Waikiki Beach Walk that was all part of an expo for the world championship of the sport of trail running. Alex had packed her running shoes, being an avid runner back home, and deciding why not, signed up for the 10K trail run. Read More
  • The Stories of Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail

    makapuu hikeBut in addition to stats and photographs, the paved hiking trail that switchbacks up Makapuu in one big “z” holds stories. Like the one about the distinctive opening of Koko Crater, known as Kohelepelepe, which translates to English as “traveling vagina.” The story goes that the clever goddess Kapo exposed her private bits in order to save her sister Pele from the clutches of Kamapuaa, the pig god. Is anyone surprised that this diversion tactic worked? To celebrate, Kapo left her mark—the rocky cliff in the shape of, well, you get the idea.

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  • 40th Annual Honolulu Marathon Moments

    woman with sign during honolulu marathonThe first time tears pooled in the corners of my eyes was at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Piikoi. The skies had just darkened again after a round of fireworks lit up the pre-dawn Waikiki morning to celebrate the start of the 40th Honolulu Marathon.  Big, burly guys with bullhorns hollared for bystanders to clear the road because the first racers were rolling through downtown Honolulu and about to round the corner. And I do mean rolling. A phalanx of bicyclists escorted the wheelchair racers through the 26.2-mile course. The crowd responded with cheers, a kind of verbal fist bump, and I teared up as a blur of wheels whizzed past me. Read More
  • Music on the Mountain

    arrow on kuliouou ridge trailIt was only when the faint drone of a plane’s engines tapped the edges of my serenity that I realized how quiet this trail was. Just 10 miles and 20 minutes from the heart of Waikiki, Kuliouou Ridge Trail starts at the dead-end of a suburban road in Hawaii Kai. Within a half-mile on the rocky, tree-lined and switch-backing trail, I’d left the one-way streets, stoplights and pedestrian crosswalks behind. Far behind. Read More
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