Molokai Lookout, Halona Blowhole, Sandy beach and Koko crater botanical garden

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Molokai Lookout
Since this was my second trip to Hawaii this year (yes, I know I´m fortunate) I wanted to see something more than just Waikiki beach. We set off from Hawaii Kai on highway 72 direction Koko Crater Regional Park. With mountains on one side and a sea edged by bays and beaches on the other, the drive along this coast must rate among the best on Oahu. The highway winds its way around Koolau Range and looking down on stratified rocks, lava sea cliffs and other fascinating geological formations was quite breathtaking.

Our first stop was Molokai Lookout. What a beautiful place. It was a bit hazy, but we could make out the island of Molokai in the distance.
Molokai Lookout
It is also a good place to take a look at the lava-rock formations that form the sea cliffs along this coast. I could sit here all day and just look at the ocean smash up against the lava rock formations. Seeing this you really get respectful of the force of nature.

We made our second stop at the Halona Blowhole. Here, ocean waves surge through a submerged tunnel in the rock and spout up thorough a hole in the ledge. The action depends on water conditions. The Blowhole is now fenced off so you can´t get real close to it. This is thanks to a stupid high school kid from California who thought that he could look over the hole and get his face sprayed. Well he did, but the strong force of the blowhole fatally swept him off the ledge and he drowned. How it is possible to be that stupid? Right next to the blowhole is Halona Cove, which was made famous in the steamy love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the 1953 film "From Here to Eternity". From the parking lot there is a small trail that will take you down to the beach. Just be careful, there is no lifeguard here and waves can be violent.

On our way to todays final destination we made a brief stop at Sandy Beach to look at all the crazy bodyboarders before we continued to Koko Crater Botanical Garden. See my separate review.
jikay1981 says:
You are very lucky Sarah. I hope someday I can visit Hawaii too :)
Posted on: Feb 09, 2015
Kangkong says:
you re welcome...see picture of wave make me feel need to go for holiday....:)
Posted on: Jun 11, 2010
sarahsan says:
Thank you Fathi!
Posted on: Jun 11, 2010
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Tunnel from II World War
Tunnel from II World War
Inside the tunnel
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View from inside the tunnel
View of Sandy Beach
View of Sandy Beach
Koko Crater Botanical Garden
Koko Crater Botanical Garden
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Euphorbia Punicea (Jamaica & Cuba)
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One hairy cactus
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Honolulu Sights & Attractions review
A nice quiet stroll through Koko crater
This 60 acre Botanical Garden is situated inside the Koko Crater on the eastern side of the island of Oahu. It is part of the Honolulu Botanical Garde… read entire review
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