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Explore North Shore Hawaii

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Exploring Hawaii

Exploring Hawaii

What is North Shore?

You’ve already been introduced to parts of the North Shore in Hawaii — Waimea Bay and Laniakea Beach. But what is the North Shore exactly? The North Shore is a laid-back beach town at the northernmost point of Oahu (see map below). Think gorgeous beautiful beaches, gigantic untamed waves, and professional surfing!

Location:

North Shore. Oahu. Hawaii. Hale’iwa is the most popular North Shore town.

North Shore Map, Hawaii

North Shore Map, Hawaii

Let’s explore the North Shore!

I love this picture. Peaceful, quietness, in the middle of nowhere.

I love this picture. Peaceful, quietness, in the middle of nowhere.

It wasn't sunny but gloomy and rainy.

It wasn’t sunny but gloomy and rainy.

There’s lots of food trucks and shaved ice here, so off we went to find Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck! Not for me, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Where is Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck located?

Here’s a map. Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s go find that Shrimp Truck!

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck Map

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck Map

At Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck:

Found Giovanni's Shrimp Truck!

Found Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck!

A crowd of people.

A crowd of people.

Tables are available if you’re interested in dining here. FYI, it was busy, full, and packed!

The food. 12 shrimps and 2 scoops of rice.

The food. 12 shrimps and 2 scoops of rice.

Let’s explore North Shore some more!

That small town feel, but it's in Hawaii.

That small town feel, but it’s in Hawaii.

Shaved Ice Truck

Shaved Ice Truck

North Shore Marketplace

North Shore Marketplace

To the right: Surf Board Shop & Shaved Ice

To the right: Surf Board Shop & Shaved Ice

Seashell stand. Interesting...

Seashell stand. Interesting…

North Shore Surf Shop

North Shore Surf Shop

I’m feeling that laid-back beach, surfer atmosphere. It’s a whole different environment compared to the touristy Waikiki. I enjoyed my time here. Let’s come back when the sun is out. I want to feel the sunshine on my face on the North Shore. ๐ŸŒž

Goodbye North Shore *waves*

Goodbye North Shore *waves*

North Shore, Hawaii. Soooo prettyyy!!

North Shore, Hawaii. Soooo prettyyy!!

Awesome place to be if you love being at the ocean, to surf, hangout with friends, and be chill. There’s nowhere else I would rather be than the North Shore in Hawaii. โค Have you been to the North Shore in Hawaii? How did you like it? What’s your favorite place and thing to do on the North Shore? ๐Ÿ˜Š

Travel Tips:

  1. Small roads and small parking lots.
  2. About 1 hour drive from Waikiki.
  3. Rain or sunshine, it doesn’t matter. Visit North Shore anytime!
  4. Enjoy the laid-back beach life and appreciate its unique culture!

North Shore Adventures:

*Laniakea Beach Turtle Beach North Shore Hawaii*

*Waimea Bay North Shore Hawaii*

 

Hiking Day at Manoa Falls in Hawaii

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Me at Manoa Falls in Hawaii.

Me at Manoa Falls in Hawaii.

Hello! Welcome to my hiking adventure at Manoa Falls in Honolulu, Hawaii! Manoa Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Honolulu area. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to get to the falls and back. This solely depends on you — how fit you are, fast, and what you plan to do in the area. There tends to be a crowd of people at the falls, so take that into consideration as well. The distance to get to the falls and back is around 1.5 miles. It didn’t take me that long to finish the trail. I consider myself pretty fit and hike all the time!

What is Manoa Falls?

Manoa Falls is a 150 foot waterfall. See above, I’m right next to it! It looks gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

Location:

It is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Manoa Falls Map

Manoa Falls Map

Parking:

Parking is available. It is $5. You can park on residential streets too and walk to the falls (if spots are open).

Manoa Falls Parking Map

Manoa Falls Parking Map

You’ll receive a ticket like this after paying for the parking fee. It says to park & lock your car. Place validated ticket with date stamp clearly visible on dashboard, so don’t just stash it in your bag or toss it out, lol.

My ticket to Manoa Falls!

My ticket to Manoa Falls!

Let’s begin the hike!!

Watch your step and let’s go!

Let's go! Follow the arrow! Manoa Falls Trail.

Let’s go! Follow the arrow!

Manoa Falls is called a rainforest for a good reason (see pictures below). When I was there, the path was wet and muddy. It felt like I just walked into the jungle, haha! It rained the whole time…

Photos of my grand adventure at Manoa Falls!

More signs to keep people safe. Please follow the signs and rules. Don’t get hurt!

More signs at Manoa Falls.

More signs at Manoa Falls.

Watch out for falling rocks! Manoa Falls.

Watch out for falling rocks!

I observed a beautiful leaf. Manoa Falls.

I observed a beautiful leaf.

I have reached the falls at Manoa Falls!

150 foot of water flushing down against rocks! Stunning!

The magnificent 150 foot waterfall! Manoa Falls.

The magnificent 150 foot waterfall!

Watch it live here!

Learning about Manoa Falls on the spot.

Learning about Manoa Falls on the spot.

Thinking about swimming at Manoa Falls? Don’t. It’s advised not to swim in the water due to catching Leptospirosis, which is a bacteria in the water that can make you sick! Caution: Rocks can fall and slide around this area too. Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

Did you know?

Some scenes from 1993’sย Jurassic Park was filmed at this location due to the jungle scenery. Also, the show Lost.

Note to self: Don't wear light colored shoes. Manoa Falls. Hawaii.

Note to self: Don’t wear light colored, favorite shoes next time.

Hang loose, baby! Manoa Falls. Hawaii.

Hang loose, baby!

Another accomplishment achieved in this lifetime. Hiking and reaching Manoa Falls is off of my bucketlist! This was a wonderful experience. I might even do it again next time when I’m in the area. Beautiful. A breath of fresh air from my typical, standard hikes I’ve done. This one is very special. I will remember it forever! I highly recommend doing this hike if you’re in Honolulu, Hawaii! Awesome, awesome!

Have you been to Manoa Falls? How was it? Share your experience with me!!

Travel Tips:

  1. Wear appropriate attire. Don’t wear good-looking shoes like me, haha! I didn’t know any better. That was all I had anyways. ๐Ÿ™
  2. Wear mosquito repellent.
  3. Bring extra water, towels, clothes, shoes in your car. It gets wet, muddy, and dirty.
  4. Weather can be rainy and drizzly. If so, expect to get soaked and wet.
  5. Be careful hiking the rocks and steps. It gets slippery when wet.
  6. Swimming in the falls is highly not recommended due to bacteriaย Leptospirosis.ย You don’t want to catch the flu!
  7. 1993’s Jurassic Park and Lost was filmed here. Hello Jungle!

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Food After Hiking Manoa Falls

© Jennifer Nguyen