USA, Hawaii: Oahu Hikes

Enjoying some hot chocolate with almond milk.  The sun came out!

He climbed up my arm, and then my head!
Apparently he was attracted to my sunglasses.

Just hanging out.
Getting down was not as easy as I thought it would be!

Looking back toward Honolulu.
The view inside Ka’au Crater
Green mountains, low-lying clouds, and sunshine illuminating the foliage.
Scratched-up legs and muddy shoes.

Rachel and John making their way down using ropes.
Looking up the highest waterfall.
Rachel overlooking a steep drop-off.
Dan and I
The lowest waterfall.
Dan’s muddy legs and feet.

Koko Head Crater

This hike is short, but an amazing workout!  Old railroad track that used to pull military supplies to bunkers on top during WWII are now used as stairs.  It doesn’t look as hard as it is, but it’s definitely tough.  The views at the top are stunning, when it’s clear Molokai and Maui can be seen on the horizon.

Koko Head Crater
The old tram railway, now used as stairs.
If you look close you can see the Molokai and Maui.

The view inside Koko Head Crater. There is a desert-like botanical garden in there, with a variety of cacti.
View from the top.
Hanauma Bay

Old Pali Highway During a Rainstorm

It’s rainy season in Hawaii.  The past few weeks have been rainy, rainy, rainy.  One of my favorite quotes to tell students, especially when I was substitute teaching, is “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”  It’s a metaphor, of course, but can be taken literally!  I better practice what I preach!  Last weekend Dan and I had a rainy day beach day, taking a long walk with our umbrellas.  Yesterday we were trying to decide what to do.  Bowling?  Movie?  Nah.  We decided to go on a hike.  I remember seeing this small canyon off to the side of the Old Pali Highway, and thought it would possibly be a place for waterfalls on a rainy day.  We decided to see if this theory were true, and turns out it was.  Yesterday I realized how nice it was to hike in the rain, because everything green was so much more GREEN.  We took our GoPro and Dan had fun filming some creative shots.

Overlooking Kaneohe and Kailua from the Old Pali Highway.
The small canyon we hiked up.

Kalihi Ice Ponds
Another view.

Kawai Nui Marsh

Lanikai Pillboxes
The Lanikai Pillboxes is one of my favorite hikes.  The views are beautiful, it has varied terrain (sure beats going to the gym), and it’s close to home.  I found a longer version of this trail than loops around and back into town, and I swing by the beach on the way back to my car.
The trail as it continues past the pillboxes.
Just another day in paradise.
Nothing feels better after a hike than a swim in the sea 🙂

Waimanalo Stream Tunnel

Dan’s boss told him about a tunnel she went through nearly 25 years ago, which had water rushing at her feet, took 15-20 minutes to go through, and at one point, she had to crawl through on hands and knees.  We decided this sounded awesome, and we set out to find this tunnel.  I don’t know how we found it, we only knew where to begin the trail, and it branched out in so many different directions.  We ended up, at a fork in the trail, taking one that was overgrown.  We’re amazed we found it.
When we saw the gate, we thought it might be locked…turns out it wasn’t locked!
Turning on the headlamp…looking silly while doing so.
The tunnel went on for so long.
The tunnel got smaller here!
We decided to head back, because being deep in a tunnel that just gets smaller is pretty freaky.
Again from the outside.
It looks like it could be a hobbit house.



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