West Kaunala Trail

West Kaunala Trail, or simply Kaunala Trail, is nice roundtrip walk in the foothills behind north shore. It meanders into various gullies and contours the ridges just north of the Ko’olau Summit Trail. This was one of the places that I took my wife while trying to introduce her to Hawaii hiking. Please enjoy some photos from our walk and impressions of the trail.

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Kealia to Mokuleia Trail

Hello again. Today, I went on a bit of a long walk in the Waianae mountain range on the leeward side of the island of Oahu. I began my journey via the popular switchback trail known as Kealia, crossed along the rim of Makua Valley, and then descended via the Mokuleia access road back to the north shore coast line. This grueling journey was quite a work out but it allowed for some pretty nice views of Makua Valley and of the northern shore of Oahu. Please enjoy my adventure.

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Kahana Ditch Trail

Hello again. As my time winds down here in Hawaii, I have found myself obsessing over old trails. That is, old historic trails which receive little use today but were heavily traveled back in the early 1900s. One such trail was the Kahana Ditch Trail which contoured the back of Kahana Valley. It took several “scouting” trips but I did manage to find it after all. Please enjoy my latest Hawaiian adventure.

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Aiea Loop Trail

Hello again. Aiea Loop trail is a trail that nearly every Oahu hiker has completed. Since I was leaving Hawaii in a few weeks, I figured I’d check it out and see what it was all about. The Aiea Loop trail is a popular walk with just about everyone because it’s a nice easy way to get some exercise and experience a little nature without death-defying ridges or those “no trespassing signs”. On my trip, I wanted to make my visit a little more interesting so I would also be looking for an old plane wreck from 1944. Please enjoy my journey.

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2015 Kansas City Royals Fanfest

Hello everyone. Long time no see. Lately, I haven’t been doing much hiking or adventuring like I used to in Hawaii and Japan. It’s winter now and it’s just too cold for that. In the mean time, I’d like to mention a side hobby that I pretty much married into. Since moving to the midwest, I’ve become interested in Kansas City sports. Well, more specifically, the Kansas City Royals. I went to one of their games and watched them play a magical season last year as they made it to the 7th game of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. While the Royals did not win the World Series, I was still very proud of them and wanted to see them in person at their annual Fanfest. Please enjoy a few photos from the event.

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Badlands National Park

Hello again. A while ago, my wife and I decided to visit South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Honestly, we didn’t know what to expect but usually America’s National Parks have always been impressive. Thankfully, that was the case here as well. Badlands National Park offered some of the best vistas I have ever seen. If you happen to be driving through South Dakota, I highly recommend a day at Badlands. It was quite a sight! Please enjoy my latest travel article.

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Custer State Park

After seeing Crazy Horse, our next stop was the one I was most excited about. Custer State Park is a wildlife preserve in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It’s mostly known for its 1,500 roaming buffalo. Growing up, I have never seen a buffalo except in the movie “Dances with Wolves” which was also filmed in South Dakota. Please enjoy our visit to Custer State Park, where the buffalo roam and the deer and antelope play.

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