Travel. Hike. Bike. Adventure. Explore.
WOW! Today we had an amazing treat... we received Surf lessons from the Great Makua Rothman and Uncle Bryan from "Uncle Bryans Sunset Suratt Surf Academy" . We felt totally honored and blessed to spend the day with Makua and his beautiful family and friends. Makua is a legend in Hawaii, a true gentlemen and totally embodies the Aloha Spirit.
Makua was crowned the Big Wave World Champion in 2015 and whilst our waves were a a mere 3-5 feet... they were big enough for us!
Uncle Bryan and Makua were so amazing with the kids... you could just see the passion in their eyes about sharing their love of the sport and the respect of the ocean. They even got Phils 75 year old Mother (Marg) out there for a wave or two.
I can't tell you how amazing Uncle Bryan's Surf school was. Uncle Bryan was a true gentlemen with safety and fun on the top of his mind! Uncle Bryan took Isla (3) out on the board and I felt totally at ease that she was safe and in great hands.
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By far my favorite family friendly waterfall hike! While only about 3 miles round trip it does not lack adventure with several creek crossings, tree roots and rocks to navigate.
You begin by walking through a bamboo forest that opens up into an amazing reservoir. A gentle walk around the reservoir before beginning your climb to the waterfall.
Today we were lucky enough to take Matt and Nuria who are visiting from Atlanta. We had a great time swimming at the top and standing beneath the power of the waterfall that flowing beautifully due to recent rains.
Sadly, on the last rock, on the last creek crossing on the way down Nuria fell and hurt her foot. She managed to limp it out but a trip to the ER the next morning confirmed a break. Looks like the Cloughs will be taking out liability insurance in the future 😜
By far the Funnest and MUDDIEST run we have EVER done. 5 kms of trail running with obstacles like monkey bars, mud pools, warped walls, slip n slides & so much more! Just a great big Muddy adult playground with hoses and beer at the end! What a perfect day!
No words can describe this race... I just suggest you click on this link and check it out: Makahiki Challenge
We did this race as a team with some of the best people on Oahu... our Ohana from our anti-gym 360 Strong and just loved every minute of it!
Phil even won his age group! Go Philly!!!!
Talk about fun!
Today we all joined the 360 Strong team and participated in the Bubble Run at Barbers Point. One of Ryley's New Year "Intentions" was to participate in 3 x 5kms this year. January 9th and he is already making a dent in one of his goals! Gotta love this kids determination! He ran the whole way and loved every minute! We were so excited that Aunty Ang & Issy could join us in the crazy adventure!
These events are so much fun for kids and adults! 4 stations along the route with all different colored foam/bubbles! Such a blast!
At some point in September, I thought it would be a good idea to convince a bunch of friends to run a 12 hour relay. So just like that.. I gathered 5 friends and convinced them that running a 5 mile trail loop in Kualoa Ranch a few times would be great fun. And...... after all was said and done, it was!
The goal was to run as many loops as you can as a team in 12 hours! (Some mad people ran it by themselves... but that's a WHOLE other story).
We set up camp and off we set at sunrise. Phil was the first runner out and came back with stories of mud, cows, cow shit and great views... He didn't lie, all of these things were present!
We ended up completing 12 loops and had a blast! Nothing like your first EVER trail run being in the actual race... what was I thinking?
Today we decided to hike down to Captain Cooks Monument and place of death. Given that he plays such a significant part of history in both New Zealand and Australia we felt it only appropriate we took on this adventure. The Monument can only be reached by hiking down, kayaking in or taking a chartered boat tour. So off we hiked.... down a hot, uneven, rock-strewn trail. The way down was fairly easy however the climb up was hotter, long and steep. This was a 4 mile round trip and because we were on a bit of a time constraint (getting the Leckies back to the airport) it was the one hike, where I carried Isla down the majority of the way and Phil carried her back up!
It was a lot busier at the bottom than we had expected.. there was a handful of tour boats in the bay so it definitely wasn't as "secluded" as we had thought. Needless to say, the reef was beautiful and the coral and fish just amazing.
History states that on January 17, 1779, Captain James Cook (the British explorer who discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778) and his crew sailed into Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Hawaiians, thinking they were returning gods, gave them a warm welcome and held a feast in their honor. However, a month later he was killed in a conflict between his crew and the Hawaiians. The natives had realized that Cook and his men were mere mortals. In 1878, a 27-foot white obelisk was erected to honor this well-known seafarer.
The plaque at the base of the monument reads the following: “In memory of the great circumnavigator, Captain James Cook, R. N., who discovered these islands on the 10th of January, A.D. 1770, and fell near this spot on the 14th of February, A.D. 1779. This monument was erected in November A.D. 1874 by some of his fellow countrymen.”
In old Hawaii, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death. Perhaps you had entered into an area that was reserved for only the chiefs, or had eaten forbidden foods. Laws, or kapu, governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. The penalty for breaking these laws was certain death. Your only option for survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest puuhonua, or place of refuge.
As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki'i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved.
Today this place is still considered sacred and has a very special feeling as you enter. There are amazing carved statues throughout and a map explaining the significance of all the structures. We loved our walk around this special place and finished it with some amazing swimming next door at 2 step. Issy and Mikey swam out to the dolphins, while we played in the tidal pools amongst the turtles and colorful fish!
To top our day off we found the local Poke shop and enjoyed a fresh poke lunch! YUMMO!
A great way to spend Christmas Eve!
When we first found out we were moving to Oahu I had agreed to do this 10km with a friend from Lana'i. She had wanted a goal to get her motivated and we chose this race.... we were going to walk it! 3 weeks prior to race day... she bailed :(.... she came down with an injury and I was on my own!
I had done no training as I thought we were walking it together but now I was doing it alone I couldn't think of anything worse than walking it! So off I set.....
I am happy to say I ran the entire 10km (at no great speed) but was constantly inspired by the thousands of runners who still had miles and miles and miles to go before they finished their race! Hawaii really does make perfect running weather and I was glad I did it... nerves and all!
For me, I never do these races to win but to finish. I love to be amongst so many inspirational people who all took their own "journey" to got them here! All shapes and sizes, all with a different story, all getting out and moving there body. Its a pretty cool place to be!
This weekend some of our favorite people come to visit.... The Littlepages! We were excited to meet baby Caleb (who was 3 months) and spend time with them all. We especially wanted to take them on a hike on our new island. Jeremiah is an avid surfer and there was a surf competition on the North Shore so we chose a hike that's trail head was directly across the street from Pipeline.
To say this hike was muddy is a complete understatement... poor Em carried little Caleb in the Ergo all the way. We slipped and slided all the way up and then slid the entire way down on our butts... this was the safest way for us to get down! Great muddy fun... but I am pretty sure poor little Caleb probably didn't agree!
The view from the pill boxes was awesome... it was so cool to be able to watch the professional surfers down below. Spectacular!
On the eastern most point of Oahu sits the Makapuu Point Lighthouse, a shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach. The place name of this area, meaning "bulging eye" in Hawaiian, is thought to derive from the name of an image said to have been located in a cave here called Keanaokeakuapōloli.
This our first paved hike but the views did not disappoint... absolutely breath taking.
As you can see from the pictures...
Hiking with boys = Dead Animal Skeletons v's Hiking with Girls = Handstands and bridges :).
Follow us as we wander through life on "the happy road "