Hiking Diamondhead and various sights
Day 2 was Easter Sunday! The Easter bunny came during the night, so the kids had their easter egg hunt before we started our touring day.
After we left home, the first destination was Diamondhead Crater, on the opposite side of the island. I took the slower, more scenic way to get there... taking us thru Honolulu and Waikiki. We got stopped in traffic for a bit behind a limo that must've had someone famous in it because there were cameras pointed in the window and people scurrying around. We never saw who it was, tho.
Diamondhead Crater was last active as a volcano around 100,000 years ago. You climb 761 feet up to the summit to the most amazing views!!!
Here's a shot of Diamondhead from the distance... we climbed to the tip top of that!
The end is in sight!
The view of Waikiki and Honolulu from the very top!
The hike was great. It was the first time the kids had done it, too! They said it wasn't as hard as they'd expected, and have challenged me to find them a harder hike to do... and SOON! LOL
My itinerary for the rest of the day was to circle the island, stopping off at all of the scenic vistas and viewpoints, plus my favorite beaches.
We stopped for a fast lunch at Hawaii Kai and then just up the road was our first stop at Halona Blowhole and Beach. The Halona Beach was the one from the 1950's movie From Here to Eternity.
The Halona Blowhole is a spot where the ocean has undercut the lava stone and drilled a hole up thru to the top... so when a swell comes in, it goes into that hole and appears to erupt out thru the hole! It's like a mini Old Faithful every 15-25 seconds when the surf is high!
Here's the blowhole's eruption:
Sandy Beach is next... not even half a mile up the road from Halona
Next planned stop is at Lanikai Beach near Kailua. Last year Cosmo rated this the most romantic beach in the country... tho we can't really figure out why. It's gorgeous, that's true... but it's the amazing water and offshore islands that are so wonderful... not the beach itself!
One of my favorite shots on the whole island! Here is the shot from last year when I saw it for the first time:
After swimming and tanning here for an hour or so, we hit the road again and drove up the whole Windward side of the island. We made a quick stop at Kualoa Park to get an up close and personal view of Chinaman's Hat:
If you turn around and face the other way from Chinaman's Hat, you see this great mountain view:
After this we continued driving, stopping at Sunset Beach, and then Banzai Pipeline. Here are Mom and Dave walking out to the top of the very steep beach here at Pipeline:
When we stopped at Waimea Bay it started raining on us, and they got to see a really nice rainbow right away!
The final stop before going home was to Matsumodo's for shave ice. It was soooo good, as always! No pictures from there... we were too busy eating and being sticky and fighting off the bees!