Think Waikiki, think Diamond Head. Think Waikiki and think Honolulu. . .
Honolulu, the skyscraper filled big city of some 374,600 people; the capital of the state of Hawaii. It's that big city image people often think of when we say we are heading to O’ahu.
We do enjoy the 'big city' for a few days and then we follow the advice of one of our favorite Hawaiian songs: we head out to O’ahu’s country:
We drive along the Leeward Coast, the drier west side of the O’ahu where sweeping vistas up the Wai’anae Mountain range in the early morning sun can nearly take your breath away.
We follow the two-lane highway through the Wai’anae Valley Makua Valley and its Kai’ena Point, the furthest most point on the western tip of the island.
It is literally the end of the road. . .the pavement ends and the hiking begins. There is no way around this point other than on your own two feet. Last year we’d thought about hiking but spent the morning instead watching the waves at the nearly empty nearby Yokohama Beach, a place popular with the locals.
On another day we found ourselves heading out through the central valley of this 597-square-mile island toward its North Shore. With the Wai’anae Mountains to the west and the Koolau Mountains on the east, we traveed through miles of sugar cane and pineapple fields.
We must stop in Hale’wa, (Ha-lay-E-va) the laid-back historic surfing town filled with eateries and artsy-craftsy stores (we’d be remiss to miss a rainbow colored shave ice cone from Matsumoto’s Store here – even though the lines are sometimes long).
There are any number of places along the North Shore to watch enormous waves. . .again a popular place for the locals and experienced surfers. Waves of 30-feet are not unusual here in winter months.
Continuing along the two-lane highway we travel through the Windward side of the island -- the wetter, greener side – where the ocean nearly brushes the roadway to one side while meadows and pasture land stretch to the Koolau Mountains on the other side of the road.
This is the O'ahu that keeps bringing us back each year. As the song says, “Take a walk in the country, there’s a place for you there…”
That’s it for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday. Stop by Budget Travelers Sandbox for more photos. And if these photos got your travel juices flowing, then click this link for a bit more Hawaiian country thanks to a You Tube version of the Makaha Sons song.
I wish to visit someday, thank you for info :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the trip around O'hau. I've bought along my paper towel and medium spicy shrimp will be fine thanks.ReplyDelete
I'll join you for lunch, Jan!Delete
Mmmm, you've made me want to visit Hawaii. Some great pics.ReplyDelete
Glad I whetted those travel and taste buds, Johanna.Delete
One day I really must visit Hawaii. The view of the Wai’anae Mountain is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
The mountains and the valleys really are spectacular! Thanks for stopping by Tonya!Delete
Honolulu is a wonderful place to visit but I too love exploring the "other" side of Oahu! There really is so much more to the island than Honolulu. Loved your pictures!ReplyDelete
Thanks Debbie. Sounds like you and I share a love for the entire island!Delete
Jackie - These are some of the nicest photos you've done. I was there right after university and remember taking a bus around the island for next to nothing - and watching monster big waves roll in. The rest of Oahu is so different from Honolulu; I'd like to go back with time on my hands to go where the wind blew me.ReplyDelete
Thanks Leigh! My first tour of O'ahu was also on the bus for a couple of dollars fare. It left a lasting impression - I am drawn to loop the island everytime we are here.Delete
It definitely sounds like getting out of the big city is worth the drive.ReplyDelete
It will give you a whole new perspective on the place, that's for sure!Delete
Looks like you know how to have a good time on O’ahu. We've never been to the island, but my husband has been wanting to see the "pipeline" for years and we've both been wanting to visit Pearl Harbor. We were scheduled to fly from Kauai to Oahu for a day trip once, but it didn't happen. It was Sept. 11, 2001.ReplyDelete
Oh my, now that would have been an interesting day to be traveling - its details are still vivid and we were tucked away safely at home. Did you ever write about that on your blog? It would have been interesting.Delete
What a great tour of a different side of Oahu. I've been to Oahu a few times but have not made it to the North Shore. Dying to go and eat at those shrimp trucks. Beautiful shots!ReplyDelete
Thanks Mary. Hope you make it to the shrimp trucks one day but don't forget the shave ice!Delete
Would love to visit the North Shore. I would enjoy a messy shrimp meal!!ReplyDelete
They are simply the best! Hope you enjoy one someday.Delete