Erik HolmesExplorer

  • Paddle to Mokoli'i

    Mokoli'i, also known as Chinaman's Hat, is located off the coast of Kualoa Regional Park. You can swim, kayak, or SUP to the island. When it’s low tide, you’re actually able to walk out there, but be mindful of the tides, because the current picks...

  • Snorkel at Shark's Cove

    Are you looking to get away from the crowds at Hanauma Bay? If you've got your family or it's just you and a few friends looking to do some snorkeling, free diving or exploring underwater caves, then Shark's Cove is your spot. There is no fee to e...

  • Surf and Chill at Diamond Head

    Diamond head has a couple of good breaks close to town if you're looking to get away from the crowds at Waikiki Beach. There are easy trails down to the beach and channels to paddle out in - the paddle is a little long, so mentally prepare yoursel...

  • Visit Turtle Beach

    Laniakea beach or Lani’s, is a world-class surf break located on the North Shore. It is also referred to as “Turtle beach”, because this natural sanctuary attracts so many of the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle or “Honu”...making this the per...

  • Hike to Maunawili Falls

    The trail, is roughly 3.2 miles and is a great option if you're in the Kailua area. You'll hike in a covered forest along the riverbank, which leads to an amazing waterfall and swimming hole. Many people like to jump from the waterfall into the po...

    3.2 miles

  • Surf at Ala Moana Bowls

    To get there, go to Ala Moana Harbor/Boat parking lot near Hilton Hawaiian Village. Walk along the rock jetty that parallels the boat harbor on the right. Jump off rocks and paddle right towards the deep water boat channel, there's a huge buoy out...

  • A Beach Day at Shorebreaks

    To get here, park at Kalama Beach Park parking lot and just walk down to the beach. The break is just off to the left, look for the surfers or bodysurfers. Shorebreak's is best primarily on a wind swell with the prevailing wind onshore. It can be ...

  • Hike the Aiea Loop Trail

    The Aiea Loop trail is actually located in the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area. The trail runs along the ridge on the west side of Halawa Valley. There are some peek-a-boo views of the southern coastline and Wai'anae Range. If you are a leisure...

    5 miles

  • Chilling at Ewa Beach

    Oneula is a nice, slow break, excellent for beginners. The waves are like White Plains, but not nearly as crowded. There is plenty of parking right on the beach, so this is a family friendly location. The vibe in the water and beach is very friend...

  • Walk along Portree's Lump Trail

    The trail has two heads, both of which start just off of Bank street (atop the harbor). You can either access the trail near the church or you can continue walking to the end of Bank st where you will find a trailhead located just beyond the hospi...

    0.4 miles

  • Explore the North Shore's Sunflower Fields

    Note: The flowers bloom towards the end of the year and hence the fields are only open to the public from about November through December. You can call Dupont Pioneer ((808) 637-0100) and see if they are offering tours and, if they are, be sure to...

  • Watch the Surfers at Pipeline

    Getting There: Traveling along the north shore on the Kamehameha Highway you will see signs for the 'Ehukai Beach Park. There is a parking lot here but it is often full, especially in the winter months, so if you cannot find parking in the lot the...

  • Hike the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    Getting there:  Traveling eastbound on the H1, from Waikiki, the H1 becomes the Kalanianaole Highway as you pass the Kahala mall... Soon after this transition you will make a left hand turn on Laukahi St. and continue on this road until you reach ...

    4.5 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Beach Day at Makua Beach

    Getting There:  From Honolulu, head west on the H1 and follow signs for Waianae. Continue as the H1 turn into Farrington highway and drive along the coast. On your way to Makua Beach you will pass through Waianae and a couple small towns; dependin...

  • Beach Day at Yokohama

    Getting There:   Traveling from Honolulu, follow signs toward Waianae: the H1 turns into Farrington highway (93) as you reach the west side of the island. Continue on Farrington highway until you reach the yellow gate marking the end of the road a...

  • Explore Makuawahi Cave

    (Note: the cave is only open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm)Getting There: Drive down Poipu road, traveling east; the road will turn to dirt and a few obstacles will make you glad to have (or wish you ...

    0.4 miles

  • Hike the Koko Crater Arch

    Park at the Halona Blowhole lookout and carefully cross the highway.. Walk west, towards Hawai'i Kai, and in a hundred feet or so you will pass mile marker 15, the trail starts on the rocks just past this marker. Carefully make your way up the roc...

    0.5 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike to the First Waterfall on the Ka'au Crater Trail

    Directions: From Honolulu, head east on the H1 towards Hawai'i Kai and take the 6th Ave exit. Turn left onto 6th, right onto Waialae, and then left onto 10th. You should see signs for the Buddhist temple; follow them onto Waiomao Rd. You will cont...

    2.5 miles

  • Relax at Halona Cove

    When driving along the Kalonianaole Highway, traveling towards east from Hawai'i Kai, keep an eye out for the Hanola Blowhole lookout... Park at the lookout and walk out towards the highway. It is here, next to the entrance, that you will find a t...