One of the great things about the airBNB location that we stayed at while in Honolulu is that it was right in Moana and close to everything! The best part is that it was quite close to Moana Beach, which meant we were able to go there to hang out at the beach and then head back to shower, etc. without much hassle. Here, it was relatively uncrowded, much less touristy than Waikiki, the water was warm, there were some but not too many waves, and the sunsets were beautiful. I just love Moana Beach!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbor

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

After spending some time on Maui island, my mom and I took a short flight over to Oahu and spent the remainder of our Hawaii trip in the capital, Honolulu. While in Honolulu, we made sure to see all the touristy downtown sites like the old palace, the state capital building, and all the famous statues of former Hawaiian royalty. Then we made sure to take a quick soak at the most famous (and crowded) Waikiki Beach.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUIsouthern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fish

If you climb up from the Kipahulu Visitor Center along the Papaw Trail, you’ll walk along waterfalls, pools, and bamboo groves to get to a thin bridal-veil fall. On the other hand, if you start from the Kipahulu Visitor Center and take a short hike toward the ocean, you can see the larger pools that lead straight into the Pacific! If you can’t do the Papaw Trail, this trail is still rewarding and way shorter because you still get to see the pools though they’re not as secluded in the jungle-like foliage as on the other trail. Nevertheless, it’s neat to see where these clear pools rush into the ocean and the ocean pushes back.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a flor

A Maui-style photo adventure:

Part of the reason (perhaps not the whole reason since part of the reason is the journey along the way) to drive the entire Road to Hana is to get to the Kipahulu area (Ohe’o Gulch). Ohe’o Gulch is part of Haleakala National Park, but the summit (volcano) side and this side aren’t actually connected. Ohe’o Gulch is filled with beautiful waterfalls and clear pools all connected until they reach the ocean. Starting from the Kipahulu Visitor Center, you can climb up away from the ocean along the Papaw Trail. This trail climbs along the pools’ stream-bed so that you’re rewarded constantly with views of beautiful cascades and clear pools that tempt you to dip at least your toes. The most famous part of this trail is the large bamboo grove you have to walk through along boardwalks. It’s eerie the way the wind hits the bamboo stalks. You’ll also see mangoes and guavas before crossing the stream to get over to the incredibly tall and thin Makahiku bridal-veil Falls.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2

A Maui-style photo adventure: