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    Haiku Stairway, or Stairway to Heaven

    by TropicGirl77 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    *NOTE ... I have not been here!!! This trail has intrigued me since I first spotted it as we came out of the tunnel on H3, Kaneohe bound. Research has headed me in the general direction, but I have not actually "attempted" the illegal entry to this most interesting hike to the top of the Koolau range. The path (stairway) is now repaired, but local authorities have barred the opening due to "health and safety" issues. I do see, from time to time, a trail of happy hikers making their way to the top of the stairs. I am eagerly awaiting the official opening, though might add that if it doesn't happen soon, I may have to "slip through the gate" as others before me have done!

    Haiku Stairs, Stairway to Heaven
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    Dim Sum at the China Plaza Restaurant

    by kusiqstutik Updated Oct 12, 2002

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    This place was our local vice president's favorite lunch eatery for a great variety of good, inexpensive Chinese dim sum. It's located in the Chinatown Cultural Plaza--I wished that we didn't have to rush off because the Chiang Kai Shek museum was right there, but we had a meeting to attend. Anyhow, if you like dim sum, this is where the locals go...and for good reason. The food is excellent! (Our veep paid, so I didn't see the prices for three. He said, however, that it's 'cheap' for Honolulu.)

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    Hanaumu Bay

    by keeweechic Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Hanaumu Bay is a wide and sheltered bay is set in a rugged volcanic ring on the south eastern side of Oahu. The water is the most gorgeous sapphire and turquoise colour. A great area for snorkelling amongst the coral and marine life.
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    SKYDIVING FOR THE FIRST...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    SKYDIVING FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    IT WAS INCREDIBLE JUMPING OUT AT 14,000 FT. YOU CAN SEE THE ENTIRE ISLAND FROM UP THERE, AND I ACTUALLY JUMPED OUT OVER THE WATER AND FREEFELL FOR ABOUT A MINUTE. OF COURSE, SINCE IT WAS MY FIRST TIME I HAD TO GO WITH A PRO. HE DID THE WORK, I JUST WAS ALONG FOR THE RIDE.

    http://www.pacific-skydiving.com/

    THE PHOTO WAS ME PREPPING TO JUMP IN GERMANY. SORRY DIDN'T GET TO TAKE ANY ON THE HAWAII JUMP

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    KOLEKOLE PASS - Located on...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    KOLEKOLE PASS - Located on Schofield Barracks, has an excellent vantage point of the Leeward side of the island. There are hiking trails and worthy for some great photos.
    The road through the deep cut in the Waianae Mountains, known as Kolekole Pass, was constructed by the 3rd Engineers in 1937. Contrary to popular belief, Japanese planes did not approach through Kolekole pass, but flew along the inside of the mountain range making it appear as though they came through the pass on December 7, 1941.

    A path into the woods and up the mountain leads to a large stone with a unique natural bowl and drainage through it that has attracted considerable attention over the years. Hawaiian folklore says that the pass is named Kolekole after the old woman who watched people pass the stone that served as the territorial marker. Some speak of the rock being used for sacrificial beheadings of defeated warrior chiefs

    Kolekole pass
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    National Memorial Cemetery of...

    by sargentjeff Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
    'The Punchbowl'

    it lies in the middle of Puowaina Crater, an extinct volcano. It was officially dedicated on September 2, 1949, on the 4th anniversary of V-J Day. Of all the national cemeteries, this one has been described as the most beautiful and the most moving.

    Roughly translated, 'Puowaina' means “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.” The Punchbowl was the site of many secret Alii (Royal) burials. It was also the place where offenders of certain kapas (taboos) were sacrificed. In the early 1800’s the crater was an important stronghold for Oahu natives who tried in vain to resist the invading Army of Kamehameha when he unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. The kingdom established by Kamehameha existed until Queen Lilioukalani was deposed in 1893.

    There are over 35,000 records for burials in the Punchbowl

    2177 Puowaina Drive
    Honolulu, HI 96813-1729
    (808) 566-1430

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    Tantalus Road and Round Top...

    by sargentjeff Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Tantalus Road and Round Top Drive.

    I've driven this several times and you will thank me if you do when you are are.

    You get to drive up the hills and see spectacular views of the entire city. TIP: go in the evening to see the beautiful downtown lights.

    http://gohawaii.about.com/library/weekly/aa080700a.htm

    If you're staying in Waikiki, the easiest way to get to 2010 foot Mt Tantalus is to take Ala Wai Boulevard, which borders the canal, until you get to McCully Street. Make a right on McCully until you reach Beretania Street where you will make a left.

    In a few blocks you'll come to Punahou Street where you will make a right. After .3 mile there is a traffic light at Nehoa Street. Make a left and go three blocks to Makiki Heights. Make a right. One block later you'll come to a small park where the road forks. Take the right fork and you've begun your journey on Round Top Drive. The road is a long nine mile loop, so you can also take the left fork and return to the same spot.

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    The Pineapple Garden Maze at...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Pineapple Garden Maze at Dole Plantation, officially recognized in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Maze.

    This place is pretty fun to visit and is on the way to the North Shore. I recommend it to anyone
    Covering an area of more than two acres with a path length of 1.7 miles, it is made of 11,400 colorful Hawaii plants, including varieties of hibiscus, the official state flower.

    Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to maze is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.

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    Bellows Beach Park 41-043...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Bellows Beach Park
    41-043 Kalanianaole Highway

    It's adjacent to Bellows Airforce base on the windward side. Non military can go to the beach park
    It's a great place to hang out at the beach and offers campgrounds as well. My wife and I spent a night camping on the beach. It's super romantic to enjoy a night or two together listening to the waves come in on a moonlight night. You can also.....use your imagination, work with me here :)

    If you are military you can reserve on the Air Force Base at this website: http://www.bellowsafs.com/

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    Pali LookoutIt's up on top...

    by sargentjeff Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Pali Lookout

    It's up on top of the Pali Highway. You get a spectacular view of the Windward side. It gets veeeeeerry windy up here. I've stood up there and been able to lean all my weight into the wind without falling over. sometimes over 50mph winds.

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    Kaena Point. It's the only...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Kaena Point.
    It's the only unpaved and undrivable portion of the island's perimeter. It's now a nature preserve and hosts a state park.
    I've participated in the Oahu Perimeter Relay Race (134 miles) twice and have run the Kaena leg both times. It's a nice place to hike and you can see some great sunsets from here.

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    Old Hawaiian RailwayIt's the...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Old Hawaiian Railway
    It's the old railway that used to run sugarcane from the Ewa cane fields. No longer used for sugar, it has become a museum and you can still ride on one of the old trains.
    P.O. Box 1208, Ewa Station
    Ewa Beach, HI 96706
    Telephone: (808)681-5461
    Fax number: (808)681-4860
    Email: HiRailway@aol.com
    Classification: 3 foot gauge diesel railroad
    Location: 91-1001 Renton Road; At the end of Renton Road off of Fort Weaver Road.

    Take H-1 towards the Leeward (west) side of the island and exit at Exit 5/5a, Ft. Weaver Road. Head south to Renton road and make a right turn.
    Bus #431 stops at the gate.

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    Ala Moana Beach Park.It's...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Ala Moana Beach Park.
    It's across the street from the Ala Moana Mall and is a favorite beach of locals and a good summer surf spot. I did a lot of swimming here to train for triathlons.
    Families has elaborate cookouts and parties here every weekend and it's hard to find parking sometimes. Not as popular as waikiki, but definitely a great place to chill out and catch some rays.
    There are showers, bathrooms and picnic facilities here.
    The water is great for all ages because it is calm and has a gradual drop off to deeper water.
    Cautions:
    There can be strong undercurrents, swift tidal changes. There may be sharp coral, jagged rocks and wave action near the reef area. Absolutely aviod swimming in the boat channels on either side of the beach park.
    http://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/ala_moana_beach_park.html

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    sacred falls, Oahu. first you...

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    sacred falls, Oahu. first you have to hike a few miles through the woods and then you are rewarded with the beautiful waterfall view. It may still be closed to hikers because of flash flood risks. hikers have been killed. photo was taken when my unit went on a hike. That's me on the right.

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  • For fabric addicts like me

    by histrionia62 Written Jun 19, 2008

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    This store has a wonderful selection of Hawaiian and Japanese fabrics including lots of indigos. I enjoyed visiting the Kaimuki neighborhood which is fairly low key and a nice break from Waikiki.

    Kaimuki Dry Goods

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