Yesterday was an amazing day. The kids got a full Oahu experience. We bagan the day with malasadas from Leonards. Grandson alone consumed five. Then we set off on a trip arround he east side of Oahu, starting with Diamond Head. The views were spectacular, but we declined to hike down the trail to the water.
From Diamond Head we headed out past Aina Haina and Hawaii Kai. There isn’t much to see on that stretch of highway. Som of the homes are impressive, but it is not until you reach Koko Head that there is really anything to see. We saw a canoe regatta forming at Paiko Lagoon in Hawaii Kai before moving on. Hanauma Bay requires a reservation to enter, which we didn’t have. Next stop was Halona Blow Hole. The weather was so clear we could see Molokai and Maui across the Kaiwi channel. The waves on the east side were powerful enough that Blow Hole, a lava tube was spouting.
The entire Halona coast had spectacular views. Cockroach Cove, the From Here to Eternity Beach, Sandy Beach. A monk seal was basking on the From Here to Eternity Beach. The waves were crazy at Sandy Beach, which is a great boogie boarding beach for dare devils. The waves are huge and powerful, but break so close in that long boards have a tough time. We used to call it break neck beach. I’m surprised we didn’t see any broken necks when we were there. We saw some spectacular wipeouts. Some guys were taking tons of sand and water on them as the waves crashed over them. A few guys seemed to know what they were doing and had some great rides. There were a couple of military guys there who had no clue what they were doing. You can always tell young military guys in Hawaii, because they have short haircuts and no concept of the dangers and how to deal with the as locals do. these guys did not have boards. They were trying to body surf, but all they did was get churned up in the waves pounding the shore. One guy just kept at it and accomplishing nothing but grief. His shoulders and back were red from scraping on he sand. He’s got to be hurting today. We talked to another local who said it was really tough there. This guy had two flippers, one longer than the other. We asked why and he said it was because he had torn the meniscus in his knee about a year earlier there and hadn’t fully recovered. The injured leg didn’t have enough strength to use a longer flipper.
I had wanted to walk the trail to Makapu’u lighthouse, but the trail was so crowded and parking so difficult, that we passed on it. As it was a weekend, and Hawaii had recently begun lifting covid restrictions, so local families were all out along with the tourists.
For lunch, we stopped at a plate lunch place in Waimanalo. We all got a lunch special which came with one meat, two scoops of rice, and a scoop of macaroni salad. I had ginger chicken, Michael had shoyu chicken, Mary Fran had ginger shrimp, granddaughter had barbecue chicken. The rest had a variation on those. We took them to Waimanalo Recreation Area. Waimanalo is a community on the windward side, populated by native Hawaiians and locals. It is one of the last up-country areas on Oahu. Keneke’s plate lunch was clearly a local favorite. So is the Waimanalo Recreation area. The beach is gorgeous. long and wide and backed by a thick grove of ironwood trees. The grove was filled with families who camped overnight. The views were from Rabbit Island on one end to the Mokulua Islands off of Lanikai. A lot of local families were on the beach. It’s not well-known by tourists. When we lived here we did not visit it often because we had Kailua Beach, but I wish we had. It is one of my top-rated beaches. The waves were perfect for boogie boarding. granddaughter learned to boogie board, Ted, Michael, and I picked up again after 33 years.. I had forgotten how awesome boogie borading is.
We passed several large homeless camps on the Halona coast between Makapu’u and Waimanalo. There are a lot of homeless in Hawaii. Although native Hawaiians make up less than 10% of the population, they make up about 40% of the homeless. At all of the hmeless camps, we saw both the Kanaka Maoli flag, which was Kamehameha’s flag, and which has now become associated with Hawaiian nationalism, and the state flag, which was sometimes flown upside down.
I don’t know what is planned for today, but we wil probably hang loose, as the locals say. Here i today’s sunrise shot.