“Vog Heaven” (Big Island – February 22, 2008 to February 24, 2008)

Knowing that the weather wouldn’t be as much of an issue as the last four failed attempts at helicoptering, there was a part of me that couldn’t believe that today’s tour was actually…

“Super Bowl Sogginess” (Big Island – February 1, 2008 to February 3, 2008)

I kept trying to tell myself that this rain must be good for waterfalling, but if there ever was a such thing as having way too much rain to go waterfalling, this was it!

“Go Waipi’o!” (Waipi’o Valley, Big Island – March 11, 2007)

The pounding waves to the left were always threatening to pluck me from the coastal rocks and out into sea. And at the same time, the rugged cliffs that produced these coastal rocks also…

“Madame Pele’s Afterglow” (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – March 10, 2007)

So we were faced with the decision of whether to do the difficult trek right up to the lava flow or returning to the car wondering what if. It was now 5:30pm and the daylight was fading fast…

“Unfinished Business on O’ahu” (Honolulu and La’ie – March 7, 2007 to March 8, 2007)

The relentless climb up the trail seemed like it was never ending. I was starting to get worried that I might not find the waterfall as it had started to reach the two-hour point…

“A BLUE Hawaiian Helicopter Experience” (West Maui – February 25, 2007 to February 26, 2007)

Trying to kill time for the next flight I saw a picture book about the Big Island, which was the last major Hawaiian Island we had yet to visit. While I was busy flipping through the pages…

“Almost on the Wrong End of a Flash Flood” (Hana Highway – February 24, 2007)

This time however, the submerged rocks weren’t visible. I thought this was kind of strange and it immediately became apparent to me that the wide stream had risen…

“Raging Waters in East Maui” (Hana Highway – February 23, 2007)

Having been to the ‘Ohe’o Gulch (or the so-called Seven Sacred Pools) nearly four years ago, it was strange seeing the churning, brownish raging whitewater…

“Surprise Down the Pipeline” (Oahu, Hawaii – January 20, 2007 to January 22, 2007)

a black SUV passed by us as I was looking down to make sure no sand had gotten into the camera bag. Apparently Julie was paying attention because she immediately said, “Honey, that was Cameron Diaz!”

“A’ole La’au” (Molokai – January 19, 2007)

We returned to the car and headed back to the town of Kaunakakai. While we were there, we picked up some smoothies and pastries before filling up on…

“As Different As Night And Day” (Waimea, Kauai – December 27, 2006 to December 28, 2006)

I was already appreciating this pilot and the experience here was as different as night and day. This just reaffirmed my hunch that it’s the helicopter pilot that makes all the difference in the…

“A Nearly Black Christmas Day” (Na Pali Coast, Kauai – December 24, 2006 to December 25, 2006)

Heck, I was even desperate enough to drink from any stream I saw along the way – full of bacteria or not. Fortunately, there weren’t any flowing streams during this two mile stretch…

“A Risk Not Worth Taking” (Kauai – December 23, 2006)

Julie was already against the idea of doing this and the steepness of the gorge before us simply made it a rather unlikely proposition. She recalled…

“Strange Day in Kaua’I” (Kauai – December 22, 2006)

Julie got frustrated when all the lunch spots she wanted to try out were closed. And now the possibility of something bad happening in this rather unwelcome-feeling spot was palpable…

“Airsick on a West Maui/Moloka’i Helicopter Flight” (Maui – September 4, 2003)

I knew the lady trying to sell us the chopper ride was lying to us when she tried to convince us that the Wall of Tears was the same thing as Honokohau Falls. But despite the fact that she BS’ed us…

“Double Dose of Hana” (Road to Hana – September 1, 2003 and September 3, 2003)

Hana Highway was the main reason why we chose to visit Maui. So we made sure we tried to see as many of its waterfalls as possible during this week – and it required two takes…

“Third Time’s A Charm for a Haleakala Sunrise” (Maui – September 1, 2003, September 4, 2003, and September 5, 2003)

Julie and I had grown tired of getting up at 3am. Julie was especially miffed as she had been under the weather since the first attempt to see the Haleakala sunrise. Now it was the day we were…