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Rise and Shine: Hanauma Bay

Take a look!
Take a look!

Hanauma Bay is a nature reserve and marine life conservation area. Tens of thousands of years ago it was a volcano, but as you can see by its shape there was a massive eruption that took out the side which was facing the ocean. Gradually ocean levels rose creating this crescent shape bay area there is today. You learn about this place’s origins and the story of the wildlife when you first walk in because its mandatory, literally right after paying your entrance fee the only way down is through the theater room where you watch a 5 minute educational video just discussing some basic cautions when swimming in the water with all the fishes and coral. It’s free entrance for locals (ID), kids under 12, state university students (bring ID), and military. Otherwise its $5 per person, and if you bring your own snorkel gear that’s all your day will cost.

Can't fit everything into one frame
Can’t fit everything into one frame

The sea life here is insane. You’ll find Nemo and Dori everywhere here and sometimes turtles glide in for a visit. In the coral there are so many pockets filled with sea urchins so if your not wearing fins on your feet, try to avoid the urge to touch down for a rest. Best tip I can give in those scenarios is just to point your fin down like a ballerina on point, that way its better for only a thin strip of rubber instead of a whole foot touching this live ecosystem.

My friend loves taking these kind of pictures
My friend loves taking these kind of pictures

Great thing about this beach is the location. It only 5 minute drive away from Koko Head so you could combine the two in one day! (I wrote a post on Koko Head)

Shady photo.
Shady photo.

One thing I’ll say as a possible downside. This is a really popular tourist spot. Think along the lines of Waikiki beach, but not in front of the Hotels, closer to the zoo. Because of that the beach area will be busy with a variety of people; families, retirees, couples, some locals, etc. Because of this high volume of traffic, the beach does close down for one day of the week for “maintenance” on Tuesdays. If your a person with any physical problems that requires assistants going up and down the walk path from the beach there is a little trolley that provides lifts. So if your not so much into the tourist spot, but more quiet local spots in this same Hawaii Kai area. There’s a bluff area, where the rock formation is seriously cool. Not much of a swimming area but more of jumps spot. It’s a chill spot to hang around. Goes by China Walls or Spitting Caves and its in a pretty quiet neighbor hood area. The signs are pretty non-descriptive until you arrive to the path entrance. If your a go-pro type of person this area will definitely interest you more than Hanauma Bay. Than again.. you can do both in one day! It’s a beautiful spot for sunsets as well. Makapu Hike and Whales 143 Makapu Hike and Whales 139 p.s: Didn’t know I could move my photos about like this…. I’m going to keep playing with my post format!

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Wet Your Whistle: Kona Brewing Company

Remember how I said I would tell you about some more spot along the southeast coast going towards Makapu’u? (Blog: Rise and Shine: Makapu’u) Well this place might distract you from hiking, but don’t let it! Wait. Wait till later in the afternoon, go for happy hour even.

Love Beer? Love Pizza? Love eating on a Marina? Love getting a beautiful sun over the ocean view? If you said yes to anyone of these than Kona Brewing Company will make you very happy and content. Located between Honolulu and Makapu’u in Hawaii Kai in the Koko Marine Center. (sorry that sounded like a contrived info commercial lol)

Entrance to restaurant is kind of in a corner
Entrance to restaurant is kind of in a corner
backside view of restaurant
backside view of restaurant

So a brief history; Started up in the early ’90s by a father and son team on the big island Hawai’i (yes: the state of Hawaii has an island called Hawaii, its fun!). They wanted to introduce a locally based brewery to reflect their image and love of Hawaii. And fun fact, the water mineral levels they use are set to match the water used in Hawaii. The Hawaii Kai location is its second restaurant running after the original in Kona. Oh, just remembered something else; for their bottled beer they give you Hawaiian words with translation on the bottom of the beer caps. They’re not big words, but fun all the same.

There is a beer for every taste bud (I’m between Longboard and Big Wave) and they offer the choice of a sampler (4-5 types) for only $9 I believe. They’re selection is varied from a pale ale to porter to red ale, plus seasonal brews. If you make it for happy hour you can easily be satisfied by their appy and beer prices ($3-$5 approx.). Even if you don’t make it for happy hour prices you’ll still get a good bang for your buck. The pizzas are filling and portion sizes aren’t small (3-4 people for 1 medium pizza will work). If that doesn’t make you loiter around long enough, there’s live music on weekends generally held 6-9. Oh my god!! Close your eyes…. imagine being in Hawaii… on the marine… gentle ocean breeze….sun is setting…. got a nice cold beer…. and there’s live music!

The Originator
The Originator
Logo for Big Wave beer
Logo for Big Wave beer
Like Power Rangers, except Beer
Like Power Rangers, except Beer

Has anyone ever watched the movie musical South Pacific circa 1958? The song called Bali Ha’i? There’s a verse in that song that feels so much what I’m thinking right now;

South Pacific Poster 1958
South Pacific Poster 1958

Bali Ha’i may call you,
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
“Come away…Come away.”

Bali Ha’i will whisper
On the wind of the sea:
“Here am I, your special island!
Come to me, come to me!”

They felt the Bali Ha'i
They felt the Bali Ha’i

except it’s Hawaii instead.

I’ll link below both the website for Kona Brewery Company and the Bali Ha’i song.

http://konabrewingco.com/

 (Bali Ha’i)

Mountain side view included
Mountain side view included

disclaimer: Again, these pictures I just web searched them so I could help with the visual imagery.