Oahu Day 3 – Art

Art comes in many forms from man made to nature made, today we experienced it all.

Our day started with an early morning breakfast of eggs with greens, banana and croissant. The greens were all local, purchased yesterday at the farmers market. Great way to start the day.

We gathered our gear after breakfast and drove the east coast of Oahu to Makapuu Lighthouse. This was our second time doing this walk. Our first time was December 2015 and the top of the lookout was under repair, so it was great to have a view from the tippy top of the trail. 7:15 a.m. was a perfect time to arrive at the trail. The gate had just opened, so parking was available and the sunrise hikers had already come down. We had an easy stroll up, not having to dodge people either going up or coming down. Mother Nature has truly created a work of art on this coastline.

After completing our jaunt, we drove over to Kailua Beach for a stroll and to get our feet in the sand and surf. Once again another piece of stunningly beautiful art created by Mother Nature.

After our beach stroll we sat around people watching. After a time we were famished and headed in to Kailua for lunch at Nalu. The food here was delicious and I would eat here again in a heartbeat.

While in Kailua we had to drive one street over to Lanikai Brewery. We each enjoyed a beer and conversation with the beertender. Today we had a good experience Kailua, we decided this town is for us when it isn’t high tourist season.

We left here and started making our way to a new poke market that opened recently in Manoa, Off the Hook Poke. We were about 2 miles from this market when I read a Facebook post about Honolulu Beerworks tapping a sour for today only, well until this Saturday when they celebrate their 5 year anniversary. You know what we did, diverted our car to Honolulu Beerworks. Here true craftsmanship created a work of art, in a delicious tasting sour.

After enjoying this work of art, we walked around KaKaako to enjoy the PowWow art, created by some very talented mural artists. We only say a small fraction of the many that are painted throughout this neighborhood.

We then returned to our regularly scheduled destination, Off the Hook Poke Market in Manoa. We were picking up dinner at this tiny place.

We finally headed home late afternoon and were so tired, we crashed until sunset, skipping dinner. Mother Nature came through again with a stunning piece of art.

Our art today was both man-made and created by Mother Nature. It truly was a beautiful day. Aloha

Miles Walked, Surfers Watched, and a Sunset Missed

According to my pedometer, we walked 11.5 miles today (no not a fitbit). But what a day of beauty.

Our journey began by going to the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail or rather a paved walk that really was quite lovely.  We arrived at 7:30 a.m. and the lot was already full, we parked almost close to the entrance way.

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Up we went as the sunrise watchers were headed down.

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The paved path made the going very easy, even for being up hill.  The views along the way were beautiful. At the top we meet two local couples, we offered to take their photo, which opened the door to a lot of aloha spirit happening between us.  Sometimes being a haole on the islands is hard, but we’ve learned if we smile and offer a small gesture of kindness, we are greeted with kindness and good spirit in return.

We were bummed we couldn’t wind our way over to the Lighthouse. Looks like trail work continues there, so maybe in the future, that will open it up.

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Mike spent some time trying to capture Koko Head, Koko Crater and Diamond Head all in one photo.  I think he did well, considering the lighting he was up against.

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After our descent we meander on the Kaiwi Trail, over to Pele’s chair and the shoreline.  Mike did a walk up to the chair, while I headed over to the beach area to watch the waves crash.

After this adventure, we headed over to Koko Crater Botanical Garden.  After doing some research, we knew this wouldn’t be spectacular this time of year, but we were in the neighborhood, so we decided why not.  We will come back here on our next summer visit just to see the plumeria tree groves in bloom.

We enjoyed the 2 mile walk around this garden.  This was the last botanical garden to visit on our list, so now we have visited all the Botanical Gardens in Oahu.

After our walks, we headed out to find lunch. Our first stop was Honolulu Beerworks, but it is closed on Sundays. On to the next lunch spot, something closer to home, Bogarts Cafe. We parked at home and walked a short distance to this great little eatery. We both had ahi in a sandwich and wrap.  Gotta eat all the ahi here while we can.

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After lunch the pressing question was nap or go watch surfers.  I told Mike I’m either napping or feed me fresh pineapple and I could go on.  He quickly served me up a bowl of fresh pineapple.  The sweetness of the pineapple, gave me the energy to walk the next segment of our day. We gathered our beach goodies and walked the 1.3 miles to Diamond Head Beach to watch the surfers.

And then the iconic scene of Hawaii walked right in front of me, surfers carrying boards, sun shining, and windsurfers on the water.  At that moment, I felt pure joy of being in the moment.

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Walking back to the hale, we stopped to take a few pictures of the Diamond Head Lighthouse. Once again, another lighthouse that we couldn’t get close to.

After this walk my leegs were so tired, we entered the house, showered and I crashed for a good long nap.  By the time I woke up, it was dinner time. Another round of poke please.

While munching on dinner Mike had the idea of going up Round Top Drive to the outlook to watch sunset.  We figured no one ever mentions going there for sunset, it can’t be popular, so off we went. Well, we were wrong, every tour bus was there, as well as locals.  we drove down, pulled over, but the angle of the road made it impossible to see the sun set. Great view of Diamond Head and the valley below.

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I suggested we had to Ala Moana Beach Park to catch the last rays of sunset.  Oops I forget there is lots of traffic in the Honolulu area, even on a Sunday night.  We finally made it to the beach park, but the sunset was long over.  The upside, the view of Honolulu was beautiful at this time of night.

We drove up through Waikiki and the amount of people all over the streets was insane.  We are definitely in the most touristy area we have ever visited.

It has been a long grand day, full of miles, good spirit and beautiful sights.  Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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