Makapuu Point, Kaiona Beach Park, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout and the Mariner´s Ridge trail

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Makapuu Beach Park
After three days at the beach under the strong sun my fair skin needed a break so we set off for more sight seeing along the coast. Oahu is not just Waikiki Beach you guys!!!

We past Hanauma Bay, the Molokai Lookout, Halona Blowhole and Sandy beach before we stopped at Makapuu Point. This point marks the eastern most point of Oahu. On the north side of the point there is a great view down onto Makapuu Beach Park. Its aqua-blue waters outlined by white sand and black lave was an amazing colour combination. We did not see any hang gliders, but this is obviously the place to see them. It must be a spectacular sight when they take off from the cliffs above. From the lookout you can see two offshore islands. The big one is called Manana Island, which is the home of feral rabbits, and the small one is called Kaohikaipu Island, which just looks flat.
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
You can also see Sea Life Park from here, which is further up the coast. In winter you can see migrating whales along this coast. We were lucky and saw one. Well, to say that we saw one is may be to stretch it a little bit too fare, but we did see its big splash several times. I was not able to se the whale itself though. Around the lookout point there were several trails. One of them goes to the Makapuu Lighthouse.

We continued Past Kaiona Beach Park, a fantastic white beach, before we turned inland onto Pali highway. We then made a scenic side trip along the Old Pali Highway. The drive runs through a cathedral of trees draped with hanging vines and philodendrons. The lush vegetation along our detour also included bamboo groves and banyan trees with hanging ariel roots. An ancient Hawaiian footpath was in 1845 widened into a horse trail and later into a cobblestone carrige road.
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
The Old Pali Highway was built in 1898 along the same rout, but was abandoned in the 1950´s after tunnels were blasted through the Koolau Range. Our next stop was the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. At a hight of 1200 ft there is a fantastic view of windward Oahu. The lookout point is like a two level terrace and if you go down to the lower level you can feel the extremely strong wind that blows through the pali. It is quite cool here so you might want to bring a jacket. From the lookout there is a nice trail system. One is a scenic 10 mile hiking and mountain-biking trail that winds its way down to costal Waimanalo.

From the Pali Lookout we headed towards Honolulu, but before getting into the city we went up Round Top Tantalus Drive to another lookout point.
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
This time it was a great view of Honolulu, Waikiki and Diamond Head.

We had spent most of the day in the car driving around, so it was nice to do a small hike in the late afternoon. Since it was right around the corner of the house we went up Mariner´s Ridge trail. The trail goes through different type of vegetation. Some of trees being pine trees. Something I never expected to see in Hawaii, a place which to me should only have palm trees. Part of the trail goes on the edge of the mountain, which also provides a great view. Depending on where on the trail you are, you will see Hawaii Kai, Koko Crater and the windward coast. Just were we had driven earlier today. This day has been so full of new impressions, I think I need a new day at the beach tomorrow to digest everything.
sarahsan says:
Well, isn´t that typical. Very often tourists know more than the locals!
Posted on: Apr 24, 2010
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Makapuu Beach Park
Makapuu Beach Park
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island
Me at the Makapuu Point
Me at the Makapuu Point
Me at the Makapuu Point
Me at the Makapuu Point
Splash of a whale
Splash of a whale
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Pali Highway
Pali Highway
Old Pali Highway
Old Pali Highway
Old Pali Highway
Old Pali Highway
Be aware of bees!
Be aware of bees!
Windward Oahu seen from the Nuuanu…
Windward Oahu seen from the Nuuan…
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Windy? Oh, yes!
Windy? Oh, yes!
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Honolulu
View of Honolulu
View of Honolulu
View of Honolulu
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Waikiki and Honolulu
View of Waikiki and Honolulu
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Honolulu airport
View of Honolulu airport
View of Honolulu
View of Honolulu
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Waikiki and Honolulu
View of Waikiki and Honolulu
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
View of Diamond Head and Waikiki
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
View of Koko Crater
View of Koko Crater
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
One thirsty dog
One thirsty dog
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
A slug
A slug
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
View of Hawaii Kai
View of Hawaii Kai
Daphne and Aloha_Keith
Daphne and Aloha_Keith
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Another sipp
Another sipp
View from the Mariner´s Ridge Tra…
View from the Mariner´s Ridge Tr…
Is this stone carving really old?
Is this stone carving really old?
View of Windward Oahu from the top…
View of Windward Oahu from the to…
View of Windward Oahu from the top…
View of Windward Oahu from the to…
View of Windward Oahu from the top…
View of Windward Oahu from the to…
Me at the top of Mariner´s Ridge …
Me at the top of Mariner´s Ridge…
We made it to the top
We made it to the top
Starting the decent
Starting the decent
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
Mariner´s Ridge Trail
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photo by: crystalware