About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Historic Sites, Geologic Formations
Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
Myriad outdoor activities are available year round in or near Haleiwa. This small town, famous for its big waves, is a great place to soak up the laid back atmosphere for which Hawaii is so widely known.
At almost 5km long and with hardly any resorts or hotels with direct access, this sandy beach is ideal for sporty types and beach-goers seeking a bit of peace and quiet (without having to stray too far off the beaten path).
This uncannily serene inland setting of spiritual and cultural significance is one of only two sites reserved by the ancient Hawaiians for the birth of royalty. A small grove of trees marks the spot where oddly shaped rocks were once used for labor and during subsequent ceremonies.
Not just one of Hawaii’s best beaches but often listed as one of the best on the planet, Lanikai is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. With an offshore reef keeping the tides calm, it’s also a smart choice for families with small children.
This hike hugs the side of a gently-sloped oceanside hill, and leads up to a pretty little lighthouse with stunning views the whole way.
Enjoy a relatively easy hike through the lush rainforest and be rewarded with views of Manoa Falls and its 46-meter vertical drop.
Start your day with a drive up to this scenic lookout point for panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and the lush windward side of Oahu.
Whether you’re among the adept who brave the giant waves or those more likely to consider surfing a spectator sport, you can’t help but be amazed by this epic destination on the famous North Shore of Oahu. And, oh yeah, as you might expect the sunset views from here are pretty spectacular too!