View from the Nounou Trail. Photo © Christopher Thomas, licensed CC-BY 2.0.

Hiking Nounou Mountain, Kaua‘i’s Sleeping Giant

The Nounou Mountain Trails comprise three trails. They are all inland in the mountains above Wailua and zigzag over Nounou Ridge, the Sleeping Giant. Many feel the nearly four-mile round-trip Nounou Mountain East Trail is the prettiest of the three, while the Kuamo‘o-Nounou Trail is about two miles one way and is tough, but suitable for a fit family. Lastly, the Nounou Mountain West Trail is 1.5 miles and one hour each way, and a little shorter and less steep than the east-side trail.

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Moon Kaua’i

This full-color handbook includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. O‘ahu resident and Hawaii expert Kevin Whitton knows the best ways to experience Kaua‘i, from catching waves in Hanalei Bay to watching the sun set over Ni‘ihau from a beach on the West Side. In Moon Kaua‘i, Whitton offers a range […]

A rainbow is caught mimicking the bridge in Hilo's Wailoa River State Park.

Hilo’s Wailoa River State Recreation Area

The Wailoa River State Recreation Area, a huge area encompassing a spring-fed lagoon, is used by locals for picnics, pleasure walks, informal get-togethers, fishing, and launching boats. For visitors, the Wailoa Center is also an excellent cultural stop, with historical and local artist exhibitions.

Kayaks on the beach of Moku Nui, with the ocean and O‘ahu in the background.

Best Kayaking in Kailua

Beautiful views and calm waters make for excellent kayaking in Kailua; you’ll want to make sure you have your camera along in a dry sack. Along with outfitters, guided excursions, and lesson providers, here’s where to go for the best day on the water.

A Hawaaian sea urchin in a coral crevice.

Ocean Safety in Hawaii

More people drown in Hawaii than anywhere else in the world. But don’t let the statistics deter you from enjoying the ocean! Use common sense along with these tips for respecting both the ocean and the creatures that live in it to stay safe.

Ulua Lagoon, the first of the four Ko Olina Lagoons. Photo © Leigh Meeks/123rf.

O‘ahu’s Leeward Beaches

If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind an hour’s drive across the island, the beaches of leeward O‘ahu offer wide swaths of white sand under clear, sunny skies. As the trade winds blow across the island from east to west, the leeward coast’s waters remain calm and protected. Here are beach highlights, amenities, and the best activities for each.

Waves crash on the rocky, volcanic shorline of Wawaloli Beach.

Kona’s Beaches: South of the Airport

Kona’s beaches south of the airport are a motley crew. Worth a visit if you’re in the area looking for sand, you’ll find plenty of picnic areas and one or two spots to get in the water for snorkeling, swimming, or boarding. Here are directions, the best activities for each beach, and amenities.

Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii.

Best Beaches of Wailea and Makena

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded beach, a great spot to get into the water for your sport of choice, or simply some sun and sand, the beaches of Wailea and Makena deliver. Here’s where to go, including beach overviews, amenities and directions.