Sorry for all the hiking pictures, but really like
these with great group of people we went out to Nico's seafood after for lunch.
Alewa heights trail looking across Nuuanu valley to Pacific heights with Punchbowl crater in front. Punchbowl crater is Hawaii military graveyard of Pacific. Two of Janice uncles are buried there. One died in Italy 442
1944. Other was military intelligence survived the war. All older generation are gone now but every memorial day we bring flowers to the graves.
This picture is Diamond head crater peaking over Pacific heights ridge.
Next is wider view showing both craters.
This was toughest hike so far many steep ups & downs class 2 hike. Two people dropped out since it was not a loop trail Janice had enough. Made sure she had water & snacks among the large Norfolk pine trees. She waited till we turned around & came back. She said it was nice trade winds blowing & just sound of birds singing.
A little Geology. Oahu used to be two large shield volcanoes. Now reduced by erosion over 3 million years. Now two mountain ranges. As the hot spot moves east our hike was on koolau range when was much larger lava flows on western side flowed to the older shield volcano west Oahu. The lava flows connecting two ancient
Shield volcanoes is called the saddle this is where sugar & pineapple were planted.
Looking West across the plain toward Waianae range in the distance.
Today most of hike it was raining.Lots of tree cover, but still hiking shoes muddy & people put on rain gear. Makiki heights trail.
I'm going to invest in hiking spikes for my shoes. A walking pole helps with slippery downhill see others with spikes going to get for me & Janice. She knew this hike & showed us Diamond Head overlook. We have been in dry conditions no green on Diamond Head but still beautiful in the overcast light.
These pictures are when we reached the summit overlooking Waimanalo and eastern part of the island of Oahu.
This is cliffs, town of Waimanalo and Rabbit island off shore a crater that erupted out of the sea.
While we were up there a heavy bank of clouds approached hit the cliff face and went just over us we were in the clouds then past with the winds into sunlight again.
Tired & happy we went to eat fish taco's at Kona brewery Hawaii Kai. Of coarse had a couple fresh brews too on tap.