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Makapu’u whale watch

Posted by on February 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm
This time we finally did see a bunch of splashes between bursts of running with the bulls down the path! This is Camden (L) and Ben (R). The hiker group included us moms, Ang and Rachel, Mom, Tamara's husband Scott and his dad Jack. Lunch at Sweet Home Waimanalo afterwards. Yum!

Waimano Valley

Posted by on November 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Waimano Valley is a 2-mile meander along a stream and back up along the ridgeline.

The Waimano Valley hike is a good one for families with kids of all ages, provided you note my cautions and hike modifications (remoteness, difficult footing). For youngsters with uncertain footing (age 2-3 or slightly older new hikers), I recommend an out-and-back approach (option 1). For older kids (4-5+) you can do the whole route […]

Foster Botanical Gardens

Posted by on November 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Foster Botanical Gardens is in the middle of Honolulu but has Jurassic-scale trees.

The family enjoyed a walk through Foster Botanical Gardens over the Thanksgiving holiday. Because it’s on the leeward side, it will tend to be less wet than windward hikes during the winter months and it’s certainly small enough to be accessible for almost anyone – preschooler to visiting tutu. The gardens are gorgeous and the […]

Ho’omaluhia duck-feeding and . . . log-rolling?

Posted by on October 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm
We 5 under 5 on this one - great fun for the kids!

A group of moms with youngsters headed out to Ho’omaluhia for a mellow walk and duck/fish feeding adventure. There were 5 kids all under 5 – if I counted correctly. They were having so much fun running around that my memory is a bit of a blur! The ducks and a goose were friendly, the […]

Friendship Garden – new pals

Posted by on September 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm
New pals on a hike at Friendship Garden!

Lucky me – I met these two women on the beach and they wanted to take their 2 yr old sons hiking! So we gathered up an impromptu outing this morning and had a wonderful time. The family on the left is from Germany and is staying in Kailua for about a month, and the […]