Makapuu Point, Kaiona Beach Park, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout and the Mariner´s Ridge trail
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April 10th, 2010 – by: sarahsan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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