Waikiki and O’Ahu Island, Hawaii
Waikiki was the start and the end of my Hawaii experience. It’s a very good city to stock up your gears, e.g. snorkel mask, new camera (old camera got to much salt water on the Na Pali Coast) and enjoy the city life. When you get out of the city the true Hawaii begins, with amazing Nature. Here some impressions from Oahu, Hawaii:
Surfing in Hawaii
After surfing in Finland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia, I got the chance to surf with Ambrose, a surf guru here in Kaua’i, Hawaii. And what a great surf lesson. After arranging the surf lesson the day before we met at 7am at the beach to check out the weather and he was already starting the surf lesson there, explaining me the weather conditions and a lot of other great life lessons.
Then it was time to find a suitable beach for our surf lesson. And what great waves we found, for my surf abilities: awesome!!! Check out the video and some pictures.
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Volcano National Park, Big Island
Jumping Dolphins in Kaua’i
The Na Pali coast in Kaua’i, Hawaii was the setting for this day. With a sail boat and great crew we went to check out the Na Pali coast. And there was again great encounter with wildlife. First we saw some whales and then some jumping dolphins, awesome! Well although the cruise was great my not water proofed camera did get a bit to much of salt water and stopped working. Here the last pictures with that camera …
Chris introduced me to this amazing breakfast dish. Original from Brazil it is awesomely delicious, refeshing and healthy. So after I went surfing with Chris at Diamond Head in Honolulu we went to a great breakfast place were they served us the Açai Bowl, maid mainly out of the amazonian fruit Açai. Well here a recipe I found on the web, can’t wait to try it out once I’m back in Germany.
What an awesome island is Maui. So many things to do: Snorkeling with turtles, Whale watching, Hiking into lava fields, Road trips, Camping, Stand-Up Paddling, Waterfalls, Delicious food, Sunrises.
On the way you meet always amazing people like Rick & Shelley who took me to an amazing snorkel trip with turtles or David with whom I did a two days road trip to Hana and back. Here some impressions from Maui
Snorkeling with turtles
On Top Of The World
Together with Adam and Marco who I met in the Hostel in Hilo, I went up to the top of the world, or more precise to Mauna Kea on Big Island, Hawaii. Well first I thought Mt. Everest is the highest mountain on this plant. But little did I know, that they are not only counting the above sea level hight which is 4.207m but also including the parts from the Ocean level and here Mauna Kea wins with 10.200m.
Coming from sea level to 4.207m in a couple of hours was already challenging and I felt a bit dizzy but the view was stunning. With the massive telescopes and a great sunset it felt like a place far away from earth and thus like on top of the world.
Night Snorkel with Manta’s on Big Island
What an amazing encounter with Manta Rays at Kona Coast on Big Island, Hawaii. The boat tour started at 5pm and just before sunset we were at the spot where at night time often Manta Rays go for feeding. Manta Rays are very graceful animals hunting plankton all day and night.
And as plankton likes light we were soon in the water holding onto a surf board with light bulbs attracting plankton which as you can imagine attracted the Manta Rays. And over years the Manta’s have figured out that they can eat the most plankton if they do a roll. Very amazing to see them so close.
Waimea Town Festival
22nd and 23rd of February 2013 and it was time for the Waimea Town Festival here in Kaua’i, Hawaii. And what a great fun event. Waking up at 4:30am to get ready for the Captain Cook Caper Fun Run over 5km. At 6am registration for the event and then with the bus to the start line. Start at 7am and running into the sunrise. Wow this was amazing and maybe that’s why I ran so fast: 18:25min
After the winner ceremony it was time to check out the Towns Celebration Venue. With great music and good food. Very relaxing atmosphere. As they where still looking for participants for the ice cream contest in my age group I joint in last minute. Sitting next to a guy who was very serious about that competition. 2min time to finish the ice cream. He finished it after 1:45min. Wow! And I was still enjoying the ice cream 🙂 Guess what the winner won? Yeah right: ICE CREAM!!!
At the venue I met a very friendly Norwegian couple with there two kids which I met on the airport more than a week ago. We had great conversations and thus another great day here in Hawaii. Check out some pictures: