Do You Remember… Outdoor Life

Mark Shelby had a great suggestion for a blog topic – Outdoor Life.


Back in our day, we didn’t have video games or 100+ TV stations to keep us indoors.  Once the morning cartoons were over, it was time to get outside and see what’s up for the day.


When it was the start of vacation, there were so many things on our list to do.  But after about a week or two, we ran out of stuff.  We usually all rode our bikes to some person’s house and hung out trying to decide what to do.  You can almost picture it: about 3 or 4 of us sitting on our bikes in a makeshift circle with all the front tire facing the inside of the circle.  Hanging over our goose-neck handlebars tossing out ideas.


Then someone suggests “Let’s go swimming at the YMCA pool!”.  We all look at the sky to make sure it’s nice an sunny.  Then we all race home on our bikes to change into swim shorts and meet up back at whoever’s house in 10 minutes – towels in hand and a quarter for entrance to the YMCA pool.  Maybe try to scrounge up another quarter for the candy machine afterwards.


Or someone might suggest “Let’s go hiking up Gorilla Head”.  Everyone agrees and we all take off towards Kalaheo Intermediate (at that time).  When we got there, we’d lay our bikes down somewhere close to the trail-head and start heading up the mountain.  Barefoot.   After reaching the top of the mountain and enjoying the view of Kailua on one side and Kaneohe on the other, we begin our trek back down.


I remember one time hiking up “Oneawa Hills” from the Aikahi side and walking along the ridge-line all the way to Kalaheo, then back.  Of course we had to stop by the military antennas, the old abandoned water tank, and the pillbox.  Again, this was all barefoot.  We sure had some leather-tough feet back then.


Another time my friends said “Let’s catch the bus to town!”.  So I rode my bike home to change and ask my mom for 2 dimes to catch the bus to town and back home.  She said “No”.  She thought that I was too young to be catching the bus.  Even after explaining that I was going with my 2 friends, she still refused to let me go.  I had to meet back up with my friends to tell them the bad news.  They went anyway.  I had to spend the whole day by myself – mad at my mom.  When my dad got home from work, I told him what happened and he said I should go ride the bus around town and explore like he did when he was a kid.  But it was too late.  My friends went and came back already.  I missed the outing.  Boo-hoo-hoo.


Sometimes we’d go diving.  We used to have the home-made Hawaiian sling – the kine made with the bent door-hinge and surgical-rubber tubing. And an old rusty black spear.


Hawaiian Sling Speargun


We didn’t catch anything, but was good fun anyway.  Was probably pretty dangerous riding our bikes down to the beach hauling a spear, fins, snorkel and mask.  I think we used to have a bag – made of old rice bags – that was used just for diving.  We’d use it to store all our diving gear in and make it easier to carry – while still riding our bikes with spears facing forward.  Talk about Abunai!


We used to have so many things to do when we were little.  Even if it was just shooting hoops at the park or hitting tennis balls with rackets we got from Gold Bond stamps.  There were so many activities for us – all accessible by bike.


What was your small-kid-time Outdoor Life like?  What kinds of activities did you do during the long summer breaks?  Share your memories with us.


And Mahalo to Mike Shelby for today’s blog idea!



It’s not live bands – but a MLC kine party nonetheless:


20140412_Dance Party




90 Responses to “Do You Remember… Outdoor Life”

  1. Mark Shelby says:

    Those are awesome memories PA!

    How Fun!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. PA says:

    this is rich topic
    first we lived on schofield barracks i remember me and my buds
    taking a day trip 3 or 4 times
    riding our sting rays (i really mean walking the last 2 miles) for hours to the top of kolekole pass where the cross is and then
    turning around and blazin all the way down so fast would get the
    wheel wobbling all the way to my house. when the downpour would come we would head for a particular storm drain jump in
    and get blasted into what we called froggy pond ( more like bufo pond) i can only imagine what kind of pathogenes were in the pond. when i moved to the windward side always hiked up to kings chair or the pillbox we used to call the valley down from the ridge centipede valley dont go down there, collecting skeets at the gun club and hassling the horse out at the point, sneaking on base to surf zombies, trees, NB and ambusing the MP’s patrols i remember it being quite fun but that was the 60’s/70’s
    nowadys parenting is quite different

  3. Mark Shelby says:

    More fun in the skies over Dillingham field. Enjoy the views!

    Soaring in Hawaii, Dillingham Airfield, North Shore, Oahu

  4. Mark Shelby says:

    Check out this perfect glider landing by a 15 year old at Dillingham This something else I always wanted to try. One more Outdoor Life Hawaii if you are brave enough. You can pay to go up for a ride with a pilot, for a fun day out. They have two seaters.

    FINAL APPROACH Airport Landing by 15 Year-Old Teenage Pilot Kenji Mori

  5. Mark Shelby says:

    This is where I first soled in the Cessna 150 in 1970.

    That squeal sound you hear at min. 1:30 is the stall warning indicator. Not something you want to hear upon landing. He needed to keep his speed up!

    You might enjoy these views.

    Touch and Go at PHDH Dillingham Airfield Mokuleia, Hawaii

  6. Mark Shelby says:

    One of my favorite Outdoor Life Hawaii, adventures was.

    In 1970 I took flying lessons in a Cessna 150. This was on the Makai side of the HNL by the old original tower at Cessna.

    I soloed at just 7 1/2 hours of flight instruction on Dillingham airfield on the North Shore. I worked at Wigwam Quality Furniture warehouse after school at McKinley for only $1.85 per hour.

    To go take flying lessons for $35 per hour. But this paid for the plane, the instructor and fuel. What a deal! I was just 15 years old. And had just got my drivers license.

    My dream at the time was to become an interisland pilot for Hawaiian or Aloha.

  7. LINDA KATO says:

    @Seawalker, missed you too, nice to have you back ❗ 😀

    @4G, hi! Hope all is well with you! I’m much better now! Thanks for your good wishes! You take care too ❗ 😀

  8. 4G says:

    WB, LK! I was thinking that you should have been back by now. Hope you’re feeling much better – take care!

  9. Seawalker says:

    Hi @LK. Sure did miss you. Just wanted to see if you were ok. Glad to hear you givin’ Vegas a swift kick in the okole. Only won there once myself and I don’t even remember how many times I been there. Talk to you later. Got a hot a date (nice and sunny) with the yard coming up. LOL

  10. NKHEA says:

    Howzit UR;

    Shoots……I’ll contact you later this week….thanks

  11. Mark'75 says:

    4G: yah, the gum was nasty. but then again, just about all bubble gum back then got hard after a few minutes and my jaw got sore from chewing.

  12. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning, MLCers ❗ Happy Sunday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

    It’s a beautiful, cool, picture perfect day in Hawaii today ❗ 😀

  13. LINDA KATO says:

    Hi Mark Shelby, you sure do have a good memory. I attended that Baptist Church since it was the closest church to us. The apts we lived in was torn down and nice apts are there today.

    Hi Hbh: thanks for the hello ❗

    Hope everyone is having a nice evening ❗ 😀

  14. Hbh says:

    @ Linda Kato

    Aloha guud to see you again. 🙂

  15. Mark Shelby says:


    I lived on Diamond Head.

    We went to Honolulu First Church of the Nazarene on Judd jut down from the Baptist Church. I know the Baptist church you are talking about and I even know exactly were you lived. I get one photographic memory. ; )

  16. LINDA KATO says:

    Hello everyone ❗ Nice to see that Seawalker is back posting again, missed you ❗

    In the prior post some of you asked where I was….. 2 weeks in VEGAS, then when I got home I had a severe sinus infection which required a double doze of antibiotics. Took me 3 weeks to feel stronger ❗ On this past trip, I didn’t take AIRBORNE or wipe down the slot machines with the sanitizing wipes…. because I would take all the precautions and I didn’t get sick….. well…. wouldn’t you know it, when I stopped all of my safety precautions…. boy was I sick! Good part was I won 8 consecutive days in a row at the California Hotel! Ok it was worth it to pick up all of those germs…. our daughter was happy to share my winnings with me ❗ Next trip is in May 2014 for only 1 week, totally FREE with airline miles and I’ll be taking all the precautions to avoid getting sick ❗

    For those of you who missed me, thanks ❗ I’m back ❗ 😀

  17. LINDA KATO says:

    @Mark Shelby…. sounds as though you were a nearby neighbor…. We lived on Nuuanu Avenue directly across the street from the Nuuanu Baptist Church, not far from the corner of Judd St. where you talked about. We lived in a run down apt. complex, 1 bedroom, with rats, roaches and termites, yuk! But it was our home for many years for 4 of us, single parent Mom with 3 kids. We played in the Nuuanu stream and ate crayfish with shoyu and sugar after we cooked it! My brother rode his bike and made go carts out of orange crates. Girls played jacks and jump rope and cards. We found lots of things to do outdoors. Few of us owned a black and white TV. Only one rich lady had a color TV and she would permit the kids to watch one TV program if we sat quietly which we complied with, what a treat! Those were simple good days, no cell phones, no computers but we all made our own good time! Nice memories! 😀

  18. LINDA KATO says:

    Good afternoon MLCer’s ❗ Happy Saturday ❗ 😀

    Hope everyone is having a great day ❗ 😀

    Nice to read everyone’s posts…. been awhile…. since I visited this site….

  19. KAN says:

    From when I was 10-16, we lived in Ahuimanu in the perfect neighborhood for this tomboy. I’d go net fishing in the local streams with the boys in the neighborhood, catching swordtails and rainbow guppies (these fish must have originally come from pet stores, then released back into the streams since I’m pretty sure they weren’t native). Occasionally they’d let me play touch football with them, but I wasn’t very interested in playing team sports. Hiking in the small wooded area near my house was a lot more satisfying. Riding my bike around the neighborhood or walking to the store for candy – good times.

  20. 4G says:

    Hahaha – @Mark’75 – I was never really into baseball cards, but my recollection of the “gum” that came with those cards was that it was pretty nasty! LOL! I must have bought the wrong kind cards! 😉

  21. Mark'75 says:

    That reminded me of baseball cards. I used to buy a pack of cards for the gum. Sometimes, cards were attached to my bike to make ‘motorcycle’ sounds with the spokes. But mostly, I gave them to my Halawa cousin who collected baseball cards. He kept them nice in a shoe box. To my knowledge, he still has them to today. Can you imagine the Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente cards, among others?

  22. Mark'75 says:

    I have a cousin who lived in Halawa. On weekends, we rode our bikes along with his friends and played at Halawa park or hiked up Halawa Stream. Where the stream widened, there was a long rope that hung from a tree branch that we used to swing around and dive off of. Back then the water was clear and cold. Had plenty opai too. But now days, with the industrial waste and lepto….no can!

  23. cmo says:

    Rodney–Yup, rotten guava fights. I actually first typed in then took out “rotten” as I thought it might sound too gross. But you figured it out — and it probably was gross! But mostly fun to us kids. I really grew up in the country or in the “sticks” as some would say. Fun to read about everyone’s outdoor adventures.

  24. Rich001 says:

    Some of the “toys” I remember playin’ with outdoors… marbles, those little green army men and their tanks and jeeps, slingshots, yoyos, cowboy matches and pocket knives. Also finding metal pipes at construction sites and rolling up old magazine pages to make blow darts… we would also put a cowboy match as the tip of the blow dart and blow it against a hard surface so that it would catch on fire!

  25. Hbh says:

    @Mark 75

    I also lived alot of my hanabata and small kid times on kapahulu too. Were you lived?

  26. Ynaku says:

    Keep time used to explore the back roads.

    Went swimming in Nikai River. Catch River Oopu. Climb grava tree and jump from branch to branch. No forget your bug juice to eat grava.

    Camp life had plenty to do cause mom chased us out of the house so she can watch her soap opera.

  27. Mark Shelby says:

    This was my playground as a kid back in the 1960. At Min 1:40 look close for the WWll four story bunker. And right below that was my favorite Tonggs surfing spot.

    If you look close you can see the walkway up, and bunkers around the rim and the Diamond Head light house.

    In the old days, before there was a walkway down to surf at Diamond Head, We used to hike down the cliff being careful not to ding our boards. Silly us, we could have just parked by Black Point and walked it easy.

    I explored every one of the bunkers all around. Some of the most fun in my little kid time!

    You will love these views.

    Diamond Head Aerial Footage – Oahu (Phantom + GoPro)

  28. Mark Shelby says:

    Halloween nights…..

    In Kahala, Farmers Road was notorious for where all the kids would go hang out. And they would have egg and water balloon fights.

    So my friends and I on Diamond Head would ride our bikes down with two bags each. One bag eggs, and one bag water balloons. We would ride down Farmers Road as fast as we could and do bike ride by’s… This was always after dark, so it would be harder for them to see us coming…sly ya? So fun!

  29. Rodney says:

    Yes, much less cars. And our lane was all busted up. But didn’t matter – we played barefoot anyway.

  30. Mark'75 says:

    @Rodney: Yup, for real! But had much less cars back then, no?

  31. Mark Shelby says:


    I started to enjoy sailing when in college. When I moved back to Honolulu full time in 1980 I would get a bunch of friends together and we would go down to Kewalo Basin and rent a 34′ sailboat for the day. Back then it was only about $100 for all day. I think we would fit about 10 friends on the boat, so when you divide that up that’s pretty cheap all day fun on the water. We would sail off Waikiki and Diamond Head and sometimes toward Koko Head, and have a pick nick out there and dive in when we got to hot. Good times!

  32. Mark Shelby says:


    My Dad would take me to Koko Head crater to go shooting at the range. Dad was a gun collector and he had war rifles going as far back to WWl.

    Then sometimes we wanted to go out in the bush. So we could have more fun without all of the rules at the range. So we would drive up to the top of Waialae Iki and hike up the trails and find a nice open area to shoot cans and targets. This was about 1968, before Waialae Iki was built so high up as it is now.

    Fun times with my Dad.

  33. Rodney says:

    @Mark’75 – playing in the streets. Remember when someone would yell out “Carrrr!“, then everyone would go to the sides until the car passed. Then the game was back on again until the next “Carrr!“.

  34. Mark'75 says:

    Small kid time, one of the neighbors had a granddaughter our age who’d visit from time to time. She was a tomboy who played with us often. But playing two hand touch football was a different matter as no one wanted to touch her because she was a…a…girl! 😆 Wasn’t til later when we noticed she was a pretty one too ❗ Oh my

  35. Mark'75 says:

    Playing in the backyard, we’d turn over rocks, looking for stuff like scorpions and centipedes. Finding a big centipede, the first reaction is to scream, ‘EGAD!!’ but no can….gotta act macho… and say, ‘found one!’ 😆

  36. Mark'75 says:

    Wassup 4G!

  37. Mark'75 says:

    Quite a few of us still live in the same neighborhood. It’s a neat thing to be able to wave to each other when we’re outside washing our cars or cleaning the yard.

  38. 4G says:

    Eh, howzit Mark’75! Where you been, man? LOL.

    Playing with mercury was absolutely cool! 😉 I guess, in hindsight, it likely explains a lot . . . . LOL.

  39. Mark'75 says:

    Growing up in Kapahulu in our generation, there were a LOT of kids in the neighborhood. We played football in the street, basketball in a neighbor’s driveway, had watergun fights (which sometimes ended in real fights), rode bikes around the streets, and rode our homemade skateboards. Hide and seek went through several back yards on both sides of the street.

    Two houses up from me was a family with four boys. Past the koi pond in the front yard was a set of steps that led up to the front porch, where we sometimes just sat and played board games, like Operation and Trouble. Good fun days.

  40. Mark'75 says:

    “Ho, da neeeeeat!!!” was our reaction, playing with mercury from a thermometer we broke open. Watching the silver gobs separate and join back together again was a joy. None of us knew of any hazards…sheesh

  41. Seawalker says:

    @4G – That’s a “basketball jones”, right? Sometimes my father used to tell me to get his bottle of york chau and give it a good rub down. One time, had torn ligaments and cartilage and he still tried putting on that stuff. Went to the orthopedic surgeon and still recall he was laughing his a$$ off. York chau is some kind of alcohol concoction with all these herbs inside. But the sifus of the lion dance societies swear by this stuff.

  42. 4G says:

    ugh – referring to jumping up and down vigorously. LOL.

  43. 4G says:

    You know, I tried that, but I keep hearing a rattling in my head! Derned loose screws! 😉

  44. Seawalker says:

    Oh boy, watching TV was a norm in our household. During the day, I still can see the Sesame Street, Electric Company and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood shows back-to-back-to-back in my mind. Then it was Checkers and Pogo, Banana Splits, and Gilligan’s Island until dinner time. And that’s what I did for my summer vacation…

  45. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Try jumping up and down vigorously. Somehow, that normally does the trick when it gets displaced. LOL

  46. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – I had a “basketball jones”, too! 😉

  47. Seawalker says:

    We mostly stayed home and played in our backyard. Then, we discovered basketball. Up went the basketball backboard. But we wanted it to be regulation in height. 9 feet high, of course. So we nailed the brackets straight through the garage roof. Those were the days. We had countless basketball fun right in our driveway. My mom sold the home and moved into a retirement community not too long ago. Such memories!

    Like what @MS said about the crawdads being in Nuuanu Stream, we also did that. But it was a block below on Kuakini Street. That would be our starting point. We’d bring our bikes into the stream and “ride” it all the way down past School Street and to Vineyard Boulevard. Who cared about rusting out our bike chains? A little squirt of oil, and you were back in action.

    Delivering the afternoon paper had its benefits. Besides getting paid to do something to keep your afternoons occupied, our district manager would take a whole bunch of us out to places attempting to get newspaper subscriptions. Wahahu, Makiki, Waipio, Kahaluu, the military bases, and many other places. In those days, homework was just an afterthought. That’s how us city-slickers got around.

  48. Rodney says:

    @NKHEA – Another Magic Mushroom event happening on May 17th. White Light, New Experience, & Audissey & Friends. Let’s put a table together!

  49. Rodney says:

    @Mark Ellis – I’m not so sure when Pali Palms was torn down. I’m guessing that it was in the 80’s? I remember my friend taking me there (this was before the Aikahi Shopping Center was built), and we’d go into the front of Pinky’s Broiler where there was a candy machine – to get some snacks. Soda was provided from the back of the fire station.

  50. Rodney says:

    @cmo – I take it that you guys used rotten guavas for your guava fights? Yuk!

  51. Rodney says:

    @losthawaiian – Yes! I remember you and me catching fish from the drain grates on Kihapai. I don’t know why as we could’ve just walked a few hundred feet to the swamp and catch talapia there. I guess it was just for the challenge.

    Cars passing by must’ve wondered if those 2 kids lying on the drain were okay or not. LOL

  52. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Happy Aloha Friday!

  53. cmo says:

    Growing up on Hamakua Coast on Big Island (Hawaii island) every day could be an outdoor adventure. Hiking up and down the 1 mile road from home in Haina to school in Honokaa every day led to adventures along the way. Guava fights, climbing through hedges like Tarzan, taking short cuts through canefields. My grandpa owned a home and farm land in Waipio–so hiking down into Waipio Valley and up the zig-zag trail (switchback) on the other side, camping in Waipio with friends, adventures in the river, hiking to the bottom of Hi`ilawe Falls and looking up and out from under the falls, riding my brother’s horses in the valley, picking warabi, catching prawns, lots of fun memories. Thanks for this posting.

  54. 4G says:

    In elementary school, I went to Summer Fun at the Kalihi YMCA. This was like fourth through sixth grade. I remember something from what must have been my sixth grade summer.

    The Kalihi YMCA is right next door, on the makai-side, of (at least what used to be) the Bishop Museum’s main entrance on Likelike. Kapalama Elementary sits about a block mauka at Likelike and School Street.

    Summer camps were normally at Camp Erdman but for some reason, this sixth grade summer had us “camping” at the Y, in the playground. Coincidentally, there was going to be a carnival at Kapalama Elementary the same weekend that we were “camping”. I don’t really remember all of the particulars, but it certainly seems that our adventure was pre-planned. LOL.

    We arranged so that our tent was pitched closest (practically right next) to the fence that separated the Y from the museum on the ewa-side.

    So after “lights out”, I dunno, something like 9-10 p.m.?, we lay low for a little while to let things settle. I may be exaggerating, but I remember having to actually climb over that fence. If memory serves, it had to have been at least 8 feet tall. Anyway, we climb over the fence, exit through the Bishop Museum entrance on Likelike (bypassing our chaperones), and make it up to the carnival!

    On the way back in (of course, we were trying to be as stealthy as we could), I recall the security guard shining (Dern! Honestly never figured on a security guard! LOL) his flashlight in our direction, at one point. We hurriedly made it back to the fence, scrambled over it, and hid in our tents. LOL! It was quite an adventure.

  55. Mark Shelby says:

    Now this is Outdoor Life Hawai’i……


    Canyoneering Adventures on Oahu

  56. Mark Shelby says:

    I found a great site for hiking Oahu. Some of the pics here are fantastic.

    Home page….

    click on “Full Story” for the trail info and pics.

    I opened the trail link. Loved the photos

  57. Mark Shelby says:

    This one is a better video. It’s so beautiful up there.


  58. Mark Shelby says:

    LH….I used to go to church on Judd St. Nuuanu. The Nuuanu stream was right behind our church. Some mornings my friend and I would sneak out of church and go catch crawdads. I was about 7 years old. We would walk along the rocks and act like we were explorers. I loved that stream.

    I think those kind of memories are why I love this song so much.

  59. losthawaiian says:

    Rodney, I remember the swamp and riding bikes on the dike all the way to Kailua rd. There was a stream across the street that we use to catch crawdad’s. How about hiking to the pillbox above the bird lady’s house in Lanikai. Catching tadpoles in that drainage canal behind the little league fields in Aikahi. Using treble hooks and bread and catching tilapia in the drains on Kihapai. Good fun times!!

  60. Mark Shelby says:

    Did you ever hike up to the Makapuu lighthouse. The views from up are awesome.

    And I used to live in my own house on Mariners Ridge back in the 1980’s. There was a little know hiking trail that you could take to the top of the Ko’olau range, Once at the top you could out all the way from Makapuu to Chinamans Hat. And the Makapuu hang glider dudes would fly over me. Then you could turn around and see clear to Diamond Head. One of my favorite view on Oahu.

    And my house was high up the ridge. I could see Molokai, and even the lighthouse flashing on a clear night.

    My house was close to this trail entrance. This video gives you and idea of how beautiful it is up there.


  61. Mark Shelby says:

    I grew up on the back slope of Diamond Head. My back yard was right up to the slope, no houses behind. I used Diamond Head as my playground. This was the mid 1960’s. I would explore all of the bunkers all around the crater. This was back when nobody was supposed to be up there.

    My favorite was the four story bunker at the very top. Everything was still in original condition back then, minus the big guns.

    You might find the info at this link interesting, and find out good history and things you never knew about Diamond Head.

  62. Mark Ellis says:

    Rodney, I think the canal you speak of was behind the Pali Palms, another great hangout (we regularly stole soda pop out of the shed in back). Our house was across the big intersection from the Pali Palms, right on Mokapu Blvd. My little brother and sister went to Aikahi Elementary, but I went to Kailua Intermediate and Kailua High School.

    Does anyone know what year the Pali Palms was torn down–I see from Google maps it’s not there any more.

  63. Mark Shelby says:

    Did anyone ever used to go hike up to Waimea Falls in the good old days before they started charging. And go diving off the cliffs. Fun days! And then going out to Waimea Bay later and diving off the huge rock.

  64. NKHEA says:

    Howzit UR
    Now if all dem groups was going to play would be guuuud but nah I like old the local kine stuff we’ve been going too.

    btw, wen going get TRIAD get together again?

  65. Mark Shelby says:

    Does anyone remember the fun old days of mud sliding up Nuuanu valley just off the old Pali road? You head up the old road toward the lookout and the best mudslides were on the right hand side. Rainy days were the best! ; )

  66. Rodney says:

    @Hbh – Thanks for the video links. I saw the first one before and was surprised that some of the building in the video are still around in Kailua town. Man, it was so country. I wonder what made my parents decide to live out in the boonies.

  67. Rodney says:

    @Mark Ellis – I think I started hanging around Aikahi right after you moved. I was probably around 11 years old so that must’ve been in 1969. I played baseball for Kainalu Little League so Aikahi park was our home field.
    Did you have the canal right behind your house? My other baseball friend lived across the canal from you and we used to go to his house a lot. He had a swimming pool. And we used to row a little boat around in the canal.

  68. Hawai'ian by Heart says:

    @Mark Ellis

    You may also like the 4 links i left rodney above of Old Kailua. I also remember playing around and in a pillbox except it was in the 70s.

  69. Mark Ellis says:

    Ah yes, the pillbox. I spent hours there with my buddy James, usually wearing Sears Roebuck plastic helmets and carrying toy sub-machine guns. Walking out into a clearing, we ran into a tank once, training from KNAS (this was during the height of Vietnam). It swiveled its turret towards us and we ran (no Hershey swirls, thankfully).

    Rodney, you’re a few years younger, so our paths probably would not have crossed, but if they had, you would have seen two haole-boys conducting war-games in the hills behind Mokapu.

    I lived at 925 Mokapu Blvd. from 1963-1968

  70. Hawai'ian by Heart says:

    @Rodney sorry forgot the moderation limit of 3 links. 🙁

  71. Hawai'ian by Heart says:


    Uncle hope this is right area? Here is your small kid life. Mahalo for helping us remember. Enjoy.
    You can also faintly see the Kawainui Marsh from the Pali at 1:11

  72. dihudfan says:

    sorry about my spelling… Hanauma Bay not Haunauma…

  73. dihudfan says:

    @ M… the river wuz one good place to play, we did the same as you guys… back dan the rivers were much more clean dan they are now a days… we even built a totang canoe (? spelling, corrogated metal)

  74. dihudfan says:

    good subject… thanks MS… as kids we had to invent our own toys and create our adventures… I grew up in a rough neighborhood… playing tackle football in the streets, playing down the river, fishing for whatever we could catch… crayfish wuz fun to catch, even tried eating it… catfish wuz another that we caught…
    almost everything wuz done outdoors, playing on trees… eating mangos and plums most of the time when wuz in season… used to climb to the top of the keawe tree in front of my uncle’s home and watch the planes land at the airport…
    rode our bikes all over the city… go surfing with our paipa boards down at Waikiki, back dan we just left our bikes in the sand nobody would steal them… we even rode our bikes to Haunauma bay one day… got there and had to turn around and come home, tired… we would also go down to Sand Island and go spear fishing with our home made spear guns, using metal hangars with sharpen points, caught small kin fish… as we got older we made the kin spear gun like MS showed in this blog…
    we would look for soda bottles and sell them back to the stores to make money to go swimming at the Farrington HS pool and if we had enough money, we would eat chow fun, shaved ice, small pie, bread pudding or candies, all kompa kompa… miss those days… and old friends too…

  75. Rodney says:

    @HbH – I grew up right in between Kalaheo and Kailua town. An area known as Coconut Grove. We were 2 houses away from the Kawainui marsh which we just called “the swamp”.

  76. Hawai'ian by Heart says:


    That must of been cool because the only stream i remember where i lived most of da time i lived on oahu was da ala wai canal and NO WAY was i going to play in dat water. 🙁

  77. Hawai'ian by Heart says:


    Uncle you grewup in Kalaheo or Kailua town? Just wondering, because i have something for you, call it a gift for the memories you given us. Just need to know which area.

  78. M says:

    Have a stream behind the house and played in it all day long. Catching crayfish, swordtails, catfish, dojo, building dams, exploring up steam, never run out of things to do playing in the stream.

  79. Hawai'ian by Heart says:

    I was just a pupule kid, not afraid of heights, ocean or running around oahu by myself or at night. What i was afraid of was obake, things dat go bump in da night. lol.


    guud morning uncle 🙂

  80. Hawai'ian by Heart says:

    Howzit? For me it was learning martial arts in waipahu. Playing kikaida or whatever kungfu star popular wit other kidz. Playing tag wit slippahs on hands. I remember just doing alot of running around and exploring Oahu. Swinging from banyan trees too.

    One real memory was going camping with a big group of people(maybe cub scouts?) at night some of us went off hiking down some trail. When on our way home we noticed this figure comming towards the trail, it was dressed in a long gray robe, as it got closer to the trail path, we noticed that it had a hood on. It stopped at the trail path we were walking on and as we kinda made distance between us and it as we walked by. We noticed at least i did, that you could see thru it like a fog. I tried to get a look at its face as it stood motionless, I saw a faceless person. Me and a bunch of people ran the last 1/4 mile back to camp. Swore off camping after that, at least in i got alot older.

  81. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

  82. Mark Shelby says:

    Does not get better than this!

    Surfing Jaws, Maui – Part 1

  83. Mark Shelby says:

    Did you ever go deer and goat hunting on Molokai?

  84. Mark Shelby says:

    Did you ever hike Manoa Falls trail.

    Did you ever climb up on the left side to the first pool above the 100 foot falls by climbing up da rope?

    Did you know if you kept climbing, there are 14 more waterfalls and pools until you almost get so high on top the mountain that you can see Kailua. We Blazed our own trail up the mountain above Manoa Falls that fine day! Not many have had this experience!

    Hike Hawaii – Manoa Falls Trail – Oahu

  85. Mark Shelby says:

    Thank you Rodney! I miss my Local Kine days enjoying my Island Home Outdoor Life! It’s our Aina! Keep going Braddah Rodney!

    You have no idea how much I miss those good old days exploring! When you live it, you feel it. The land…… Our Aina!

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