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From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
It’s Day 7 – let’s give a warm welcome to felonious ferb! I have never been to Hawaii, but it’s lovely to be reminded of the beauty around us, even if we can’t get there from here. The color of the sky and the water in these photos is simply captivating. ~WaterGirl
For business I normally travel to Oahu (Hickam AFB) once a year. My first visit was in 2014. I usually try to skydive up by the north shore and climb Koko Head (sometimes twice!) on every trip. Wikipedia has the whole background of both the tuff cone and the surrounding park. The climb, which usually takes less than an hour, is along an old tourist railway line and is quite steep for the last 100 yards or so. The views from the top are 360 degrees and you can normally see Honolulu to the west.
Koko Head crater looking west.
Koko Head crater looking south
Koko Head crater looking east
Koko Head crater looking south
Koko Head crater looking at the southeast face
Koko Head crater, the rail line can be very precarious. Because your legs are very tired, it’s often harder to descend than to climb up.
The mountain scenery is awesome.
I’ve climbed Diamond Head, but not Koko Head though I’ve been to the Costco nearby.
Harder to descend that climb up, reminds me of the hike up Half Dome in Yosemite.
@Amir Khalid: It’s very exotic, not like “Real America”.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: But did you climb the Costco?
@mrmoshpotato: No, just picked up some booze(I was still drinking back then)
The Costco is just out of the frame(to the right) of the last picture.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Bummer. I’m sure they have some good climbing shelves in their massive stores.
@Amir Khalid: It’s gorgeous. Like a lot the Pacific orogenous zones.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: “I’ve been to the Costco nearby.”
Lol. What a romantic.
@Sab: With the free samples, it’s a cheap date!
@Amir Khalid: except of course Hawaii wasn’t created by orogeny, it’s being burped up by a mid-ocean ridge, hot spot, wvs.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: One of my favorite things about Costco in Hawaii is the bulk Pokè. Buying delicious marinated raw fish by the pint is a great thing.
and excellent photos! We climbed Diamond Head a couple of years ago, but not Koko Head. Something to look forward to for my next visit.
What gorgeous scenery! All this and sky diving too! Take some pics while you’re doing THAT next time, K?
@stinger: I have lot’s of pictures! I’ve jumped four times there and I paid for a photographer the first time. It’s expensive because you are paying for a separate jumper and you also tip that person. Perhaps I should submit those for a later post?
They are very strict about carrying anything (camera, GoPro, phone, etc) that might injure other people.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: I can’t wait for the Costco series – is that what you’re planning next? :-)
Beautiful photos. I love the sky in the last one, and the water in the view to the south (#4). Between the ripples in the water and the contrast with the green, absolutely gorgeous.
So that’s how you get up and down? On the rail line???
Gorgeous! I lived on Oahu from late ’79 through mid-’81, mostly in Manoa near the University. Never climbed Koko Head, but did climb Diamond Head and hiked a bunch of off-the-map trails. I loved living there ….
Thanks for the memories.