part 3

Jun. 28th, 2008 12:00 pm
phoenix_arose: (Elizabeth rain)

Windward O'ahu
This cone shaped outcropping of lava off Kualoa Point resembles the peasant's chapeau worn by rural Chinese - thus the name: Chinaman's Hat. The reef surrounding the island supports an abundance of marine life and is one of the O'ahu's best offshore islands. You can see Chinaman's Hat from numerous vantage points along the coast but the best view is to actually go out to the island. You can walk there during low tide but the best way to get there is via kayak.
On the island is a small beach nestled in a secluded cove. There is also a small cave carved out of lava and a steep volcanic cone perfect for exploring. The view of the Koolau Mountains, Mokapun peninsula, Kahaluu, Kaneohe, and Kailua is unmatched.

Off the Kamehameha Highway offshore from the Kualoa Point State Recreation Area, approximately 45 minute drive from Honolulu.

Useful Information:
  • Climbing the volcanic cone takes about 20 minutes, is strenuous, and can be tricky so be careful

The most famous volcanic crater in the world is Diamond Head, located on the South-east Coast of O'ahu at the end of Waikiki overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was originally named Laeahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant "brow of the tuna" and looking at the silhouette of the crater from Waikiki, you can see the resemblance. The current name came was given to the crater by British sailors in the 1800's. When they first saw the crater at a great distance, the calcite crystals in the lava rock appeared to glimmer in the sunlight. The sailors mistakenly thought there must be diamonds in the soil. Diamond Head is a crater that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, harbor defense became a main responsibility. One of the major defense forts, Fort Ruger, occupied the Diamond Head Crater. A battery of canons was located within the crater providing complete concealment and protection from invading enemies. An observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide target sighting and a four level underground complex was built within the walls of the crater as a command post. A 580-foot tunnel was dug through the crater wall to provide easier access to the Fort.

The observation deck and underground complex is now abandoned with the advent of radar but evidence of the command post is still present along Diamond Head Trail. The trail is paved almost the entire way but can be steep in spots.

There are two sets of stairs, one with 99 steps and the other, 76 steps. There is also a 225-foot unlit tunnel. The hike is classified as easy to moderate in exertion but is certainly worth the breathtaking, unparalleled view of the entire west side of the island, from Waikiki to Koki Head.

Useful Information:
  • Diamond Head Trail is 1 ¾ miles to the rim and takes about 1 ½ hours
  • There is NO shade schedule an early hike
  • Bring water and a flashlight (for the tunnel)
  • Bathrooms available at the trailhead

7455 Kalaniana'ole Highway

This "Curved" bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. This is the very best beach area if you are new to Scuba diving or snorkeling with a diversified population of fish and a rich coral reef. The bay floor is the crater of a volcano that opened up to the ocean when the exterior wall collapsed.

There is a large sandy beach perfect for sunbathing and there are several hiking trails leading to breathtaking lookouts.
The bay provides some protection from large ocean waves and allows swimmers a terrific opportunity to view the reef life in a safer, protected environment.

Useful Information:
  • $1 per car parking fee
  • $3 per person admission fee for those 13 years or older
  • $1 per person shuttle bus fee each way (this is optional - there is a good, but steep, road from the parking lot area to the beachfront)
  • Open from 6:00am - 7:00pm daily
  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • Do not stand or walk on the coral reef - this is a live reef. Do not feed the fish. Avoid walking on the rocky ledges on the sides of the bay where waves are breaking - lava is porous and it crumbles easily. Caution must be taken during seasonal high surf.
  • Lifeguards
  • Reef and Sand Beach Area
  • Picnic Areas
  • Concession Stand
  • Snorkel Gear Rental Available
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Phones
  • Educational Center
  • Wheelchair Accessible via shuttle bus or trolley

earl Harbor - 808-422-0561

The USS Arizona has rested in its watery grave at Pearl Harbor since December 7, 1941. The overturned hull of this battleship entombed 1,100 sailors caught unaware by the Japanese bombs that sank this mighty ship and brought the United States into World War II.

The memorial was built in 1961 as a tribute to all the men and women who lost their lives on that historic day. The memorial is 184-feet long and carefully crosses over the Arizona's mid-section. Openings along the both sides of the memorial afford a dramatic view of the ship resting on the floor of the harbor. A marble-walled chapel at the far end of the memorial lists the names off all the sailors entombed here.


From Waikiki: Take H-1 West toward Honolulu Airport. After you pass Likelike Highway, get into the right lane. Stay on H-1 and follow the signs to Pearl Harbor.

Useful Information:
  • Admission is FREE
  • Ample, free parking available
  • Shirt and shoes are required at the memorial
  • Navy shuttle boats operate from 8am - 3pm daily to bring visitors out to the memorial
  • All visitors must view a short film before taking the shuttle to the Arizona. Tours begin every 20 minutes
  • Tour of the museum, movie about the attack, and trip to the memorial takes approximately 2-3 hours
  • Gift shop, snack bar, rest room facilities available on site
  • NOTE: Recent increased security measures restrict certain items from the memorial area (i.e. fanny packs, diaper bags, camera bags, large camera, purses, shopping bags). Baggage storage is available on site for a nominal fee.

part 2

Jun. 28th, 2008 11:58 am
phoenix_arose: (Elizabeth rain)

La'ie Falls
La'ie Falls

Variety is the attraction to this trail as a dirt road turns to footpath as the forest turns from pine to guava to uluhe. A gently-ascending path, one may take an optional side-trail to a wonderful little...
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dManoa Falls

Manoa Falls is a spectacular site as it tumbes down a near vertical cliff for approximately 150-feet into a small pool. The hike to the falls is classified as "easy" and travels through a ...
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Manoa Falls

dMaunawili Falls
Maunawili Falls

This easy 1 ½ mile hike is a great introduction to O'ahu trails. Recently reopened, this trail features great view of the Ko'olaus Mountains, small waterfalls, and deep, cool, pools....
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dSacred Falls

This site is provided as informational only. Sacred Falls Park is now CLOSED and considered DANGEROUS due to a tragic rock slide in May, 1999.
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Sacred Falls

dWaimea Falls
Waimea Falls

Waimea Falls is located in the beautiful 1,800-acre Waimea Falls Park. In ancient times, the Hawaiians believed that Waimea had healing powers and they would bring their wounded ...
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Foster Botanical Garden
Ala Moana Beach Park

The Foster Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1931. It was bequeathed to the City of Honolulu by Mrs. Mary Foster at the time of her death. This 13.5-acre garden is a living...
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dHo'omaluhia Botanical Garden

Ho'omaluhia translates as "To Make a Place of Peace and Tranquility". The largest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, this 400-acre garden was built by the US Army Corps ...
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Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden

dKoko Crater Botanical Garden
Koko Crater Botanical Garden

The 200 acres inside the Koko Crater was set aside for development into a botanical garden in 1958. Sixty acres of the inner slope and basin is now cultivated with rare...
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dLili'uokalani Botanical Garden

Just north of Foster Botanical Garden is Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden. Portions of this 7 ½ acre garden once belonged to Queen Lili'uokalani, last reigning monarch of Hawai'i.
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Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden

dWahiawa Botanical Garden
Wahiawa Botanical Garden

Wahi'awa Botanical Garden, or "Place of Noise", is cradled between the Wai'anae and Ko'olau mountain ranges in central O'ahu. This garden is known as the "tropical jewel"...
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Top pick  for the dream honey moon.......
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