Scenes from Oahu, HI
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My friend Eric came for a visit to Hawaii in November 1998. We first drove up to the see the Kualoa Pass on Schofield Barracks. This is the same pass used by the Japanese during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HI on 7 December 1941. The area below the ridgeline is now used for ammunition storage for the Navy. The Kualoa Pass also has a great 10 mile run, mostly downhill from the ridge.
We drove around the North Shore of Oahu to the Pali Lookout where the wind gusts over 50+ m.p.h. on a consistant basis, enough to keep you from falling down while standing at a 45-degree angle towards the wind. The Pali Lookout is also a famous part of Hawaiian history:
- The Nuʻuanu Pali was the site of the Battle of Nuʻuanu, one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history, in which Kamehameha I conquered the island of Oʻahu, bringing it under his rule.
- In 1795 Kamehameha I sailed from his home island of Hawaiʻi with an army of 10,000 soldiers.
- After conquering the islands of Maui and Molokaʻi, he moved on to Oʻahu.
- The pivotal battle for the island occurred in Nuʻuanu Valley, where the defenders of Oʻahu, led by Kalanikupule, were driven back up into the valley where they were trapped above the cliff.
- More than 400 of Kalanikupule's soldiers were driven off the edge of the cliff to their deaths 1,000 feet below.**
After driving around the Island of Oahu via the Pali Lookout pass, we ended up at Camp Smith for a beutiful sunset view of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu, including the famous Diamond Head Crater past Waikiki Beach.
** -- Description of the historical battle at the Pali Lookout taken from Wikipedia