Purpose of this blog

I plan to chronicle my exploration of paradise and hopefully the information will be helpful to others that are looking to explore the island of Oahu. There are over 600miles of hiking trails on this island so it should be quite an experience.

I have made it my mission to explore every type of outdoor activity, beautiful view and unique experience Hawaii has to offer while I’m here. Almost every time I head out snorkeling, diving or hiking it’s to a place I haven’t been before. I am developing favorites but my goal is to see and do it all! I know that my time here in Hawaii is limited and the last thing I want to do is look back and wish I had experienced this or that when I had the chance.

My original exploration of some hikes and activities before a visit from family has turned passion for learning, seeing and doing all I can while I’m here. I find the rich history and unique culture fascinating and I simply cannot seem to quench my thirst for more knowledge.

By moving here, at the army’s say so and expense, we as a family have been given an incredible opportunity of a lifetime to learn about a culture and land that is completely different than anything we have ever seen.

The people in Hawaii are warm and friendly and take care of their own. They have deep roots here going back thousands of years. Some have said that people here do not welcome outsiders but I have not found that to be the case. In fact, most Hawaiian people are willing to share their knowledge and land provided you respect their culture, heritage and land. But wouldn’t you be upset if someone came to your home and left behind trash and treated you and your family with disrespect? So if you are looking for some guidance on outdoor activities or simply wish to live vicariously through me, stay tuned.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 16:20:26

    I am definitely looking forward to reading through your entries. We weren’t able to do much in the way of hiking on our first trip to Hawaii as my baby was only 5 years old (and my husband broke his hand in Maui, but that’s a whole other story). Hoping to return in the not too distant future so that we can explore more of the beautiful islands.


  2. ariya lorenz
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:21:58

    Aloha! Interesting Blog! Please check out my Dolphin swims on the Big Island: http://www.chrystalhealing.com! Mahalo, Ariya


  3. KimLecar
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 13:13:11

    Thanks for the information! I too am heading out that way in August 2012. I’m sure it will be a great experience, this being my first PCS with my husband to Schoffield Barracks.


  4. Keiki's Day Out
    May 19, 2012 @ 18:21:03

    Hey! I love your purpose for your blog. I feel very similarly, although I’m not military. I moved here four years ago and when I first started it was all work and school, but I always wanted to take advantage of all the beauty that’s here. Unfortunately though, I’ve never even been to the neighbor islands. Two years ago I had a daughter so things slowed down and I got to do a little more exploring. I started a site “Keiki’s Day Out” exploring things on Oahu that are kid friendly. My daughter’s father literally works all the time (Over 60 hours a week) so I can’t do anything unless my daughter is with me. I’m not sure how old your children are, but have you done any hikes with them? Found any areas that they’ve totally loved? Mahalos!


    • hikinginparadise
      May 20, 2012 @ 18:05:12

      My kids do quite a bit of hiking with me actually. I can get them to do up to 5 miles. I have started doing some geocaching with them and that keeps them interested. They get to find “treasure”. There are some good hikes for kids but unfortunately 2 is a bit young because they can’t walk far. But you could get a back pack carrier or an ergo.


      • Keiki's Day Out
        May 21, 2012 @ 00:21:19

        Haha, she’s loved that but I’m trying to get out of the carrier, she’s almost 30 pounds. I did the little hike in Manoa with the waterfall with her in the backpack when she was 6 months old but even then it was muddy and I was concerned about my balance. Maybe we’ll just have to stick to some simple trails for a while.

      • hikinginparadise
        May 21, 2012 @ 17:31:45

        what part of the island do you live on? send me an email aristigal@hotmail.com or friend me on FB and I can give you some specific suggestions

      • Keiki's Day Out
        May 21, 2012 @ 18:18:48

        I’m in town (Honolulu) in the Kaimuki/Moili’ili area. I love to go to the east side though (Makapu’u, Sandy Beach) and drive through the Pali, as I’ve found that heading west just means tons of traffic.

      • hikinginparadise
        May 21, 2012 @ 19:57:13

        Most of the good hiking is on the east and in town anyway. I would try some of the trails in Manoa on round top dr. Most are pretty mild and well maintained. The makapu’u trails is a good one.

      • hikinginparadise
        May 21, 2012 @ 20:00:39

        Kapa’ele’ele is short and Kamananui is an old carriage trail so it’s easy for kids.

      • Keiki's Day Out
        May 22, 2012 @ 09:04:29

        Awesome, will do! We do the Makapu’u trail from time to time, especially because it’s easy with a stroller (well, not that she outgrew the heavy giant Graco SUV of a stroller) I love Manoa drive, I’ll check some out. Thanks!

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