Aloha!

We’re back on the mainland after 5 incredible years in Hawaii. We managed to move to another beautiful island in Washington State – Bainbridge Island. We are so happy to have land for our boys to roam, fantastic  neighbors, great schools, farm stands, fresh eggs, trails and parks, beaches and Seattle by ferry all nearby. Thanks for visiting this site – we enjoy staying in touch and a high point of my day is hearing from family and friends.

Before we left Hawaii, Mom and I collaborated on this list of things to do there so we could share it with our visiting friends and family. It started out as a chicken-scratch of mine in a travel book. It captures most of what we would want any visitors to know about. From museums to dangerous ideas…and a training plan to get ready. So for those planning to visit Hawaii, I will leave this list intact. Aloha!

The LIST

Activities that we love to share with visitors to Hawai’i.
Disclaimer: The LIST is NOT pretty but it’s functional!

Hikes

See www.outdoorohana.org for descriptions, pictures and trailhead directions.

· Mariner’s Ridge (3 miles, 800’ elev, Hawaii Kai area, killer windward side views)

· Likeke Falls/Old Pali Rd (falls are an easy jungle hike of 1 mile roundtrip; Old Pali Rd is 5 miles rt to the Pali Lookout on the old road – very interesting and doable due to most of it being paved. The two can be combined or done separately).

· Koko Crater – challenging 1,048 steps up to 1200 ft elev Koko Crater. Steps are old railroad ties. Views are awesome: windward side, potentially other islands (Maui, Molokai, etc.)

· Kaniakapupu ruins/Judd trail – King Kamehameha III’s summer palace where a luau for 10,000 people was held in the late 1800s. Very moving place to visit; very short hike through bamboo forest (300ft off the road). Can be combined with 1 mile Judd Memorial trail just down the road which has huge Cook pines and a stream and the Jackass Ginger Pool which local kids swim in during the summer months. The pool has a “water slide” and rope swing.

· Makapu’u Lighthouse

· Lanikai Pillboxes

Kayak destinations

The family has lots of kayaks to loan, and you can easily rent from Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks near Kalapawai.

· Flat island (Kailua Bay)

· Mokulua islands (Lanikai)

· Chinaman’s Hat (Kaneohe bay)

· Sand bar in Kaneohe bay

Canoe surfing (outrigger)

· Waikiki (http://www.waikikibeachservices.com/outrigger-canoe-ride/ , $10 gets you two waves, no reservations needed)

Surfing

· Castles/Kalama (Kailua bay)

· White Plains (Ewa area, rentals and lessons avail)

· Baby Makapu’u/Cockroach

· Waikiki for surfing lessons and long, gentle runs

SUP

· Kailua or Lanikai

· Ala Moana beach park

· Hawaii Kai

Snorkeling

Shark’s Cove (North Shore when waves not too rough)

Hanauma Bay

Other spots (ask Alli)

Rock climbing lessons

Climb Aloha http://climbaloha.com/ – Alli’s friend Bugman, the state entomologist, who also knows Alli’s Uncle Tom (climbing world is real small)

Luau

· Paradise Cove – awesome sunset, near secret snorkeling location

· Germaine’s – more ohana-style, casual, not as touristy

Rock jumping and other dangerous ideas

· Waimea rock (must have high tide and low swells)

· Telephone pole over tide pools at Makapu’u Lighthouse

· Glider rides http://www.honolulusoaring.com/staff_mr_bill.html

Dining

· Kalapawai Café and Deli (Kailua – great for breakfast and table service dinner)

· Haleiwa Joe’s (North Shore and Kaneohe)

· Kona Brewing Co

· Ward Center – lots of eateries, Dave’s hangout in the 90s when he was here on his first tour. Without us…can you imagine him on a motorcycle and without kids?

· Casablanca in Kailua – excellent Moroccan food served on low tables with lots of cushions to sit on and very rich tapestry

Eats: http://www.latimes.com/travel/printedition/la-tr-oahulist21oct21,0,6590803,full.story

Rainy day/ Museums

· Byodo In – gorgeous setting in Kaneohe, Buddhist temple

· Bishop Museum – especially see three-story Hawaiian Hall

· Barge tour if sponsored by military out to Arizona Mem

· Fort Derussy, good for a half day for WW2 history

· Arizona Memorial

· Aviation Museum

· USS Bowfin (Submarine)

· USS Missouri (where Japanese surrendered after WWII)

· Kualoa Ranch – Pinzgauer Jeep rides through secluded valley and site of many movie sets; enormous WW2 bunker. http://www.kualoa.com/tours_narrated.htm

· Macadamia Nut Farm – Near Kualoa Ranch, interesting tour of local plants, demonstration of fire-starting by rubbing hau sticks together; $20/person.

http://alternative-hawaii.com/special/wco.htm

http://www.kailuavacationrentals.net/101ThingstodoinKailua/

http://www.gohawaii.com/

This site has 6 pages with some events on other islands, and some I hope no one in our family will do!http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/June-2008/Outdoor-Adventures608/index.php?cp=1&cparticle=1&si=0&siarticle=0#artanc

The following site has just about everything and is managed by O’ahu Revealed:

http://www.wizardpub.com/oahu/oahlinks.html

Mom says the following is a MUST for Alli and Dave. Visuals to show Hawaii under martial law. It’s in the building behind the Kamehameha statue. http://www.hawaiimuseums.org/mc/isoahu_judiciary.htm

Training plan ;0

· Be a solid 5K runner to build a good cardio base – at least 3x/wk

· Work in some quad stuff with box jumps and stairs to prep for hiking

· Yoga for flexibility (need to be very flexible when moving in a large group! Ha!)

· Weights for gear hauling so Pig doesn’t have to do it all LOL 🙂

5 Comments
  1. Hello!

    I got a ping from Classmates last night and found your old e-mail, along with a few others. At any rate, I just wanted to drop you a Hello and hope that you are doing well. I feel like a dinosaur with a film camera and no blog, but with a ton of distant family, perhaps this will spur me on. You are an inspiration!

  2. Hi Allison,
    It was so good to see you!!! This site is amazing! I can’t believe it. I can’t find your e-mail address on here anywhere, so now you have mine, I look forward to staying in touch!!!!

  3. I just stumbled on this post with the wedding website. What a beautiful and awesome place to have a wedding! Woo Hoo!

    I forgot to ask you…..How’s the demolition going? When will they start bringing in the new stuff for your kitchen? Will you have to stay out of there and can’t use your kitchen at all until they are all done? What kind of countertops and refridgerator will you have?

    Another thing I keep meaning to ask you is if you plan to find out the gender of your new little bean?

  4. It is so great to see you and the boys enjoying paradise in the tropics. We’re headed your way soon. I can’t wait to see you.

  5. Aloha Krug Fam,
    I am in Texas and ran into cows on the road the other day and thought o no where in the heck did I come back to? haha Hope all is well and wanted to just drop you a line and let you all know I’m thinking of you and miss and love u all. Aloha, YOur Roni

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