Been running a touch behind in posting, but like they say better late than never.
March 2019 Spring Break was another grand adventure. This time we made it to Hawaii, Oahu to be precise. Now for being a scuba diver Hawaii should be high on my bucket list but to be honest it is not. Not sure why but Hawaii was never that appealing to me. Flying in and seeing the lush green landscape beneath me my interest peeked so went into this adventure with an open mind. I didn’t realize how big Honolulu, from the air it looked massive and we hit the ground looks did not deceive us.
First up was my granddaughter and my scuba trip with Island Divers Hawaii. Great group of instructors that got us geared up and ready to go. There were around 8 that was in our group and what a group it was, had a ball talking about our other scuba adventures and where we have been on vacations. The weather and the ocean were picture perfect. I had some trouble clearing my sinuses so my experience was cut short. My granddaughter, on the other hand, had an experience for a lifetime; Sea Turtles abound along with a small octopus that thrilled everyone.
The Adventure continued with some Island excursions to Byodo-In Temple, Diamond Head, Manoa Falls, and Waimea Valley. Byodo-In Temple was a trip into the past. It’s located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. When we first drove in and parked and see a few feral cats, these are cats you probably do not want to pet…They are wild and kinda shady looking. The bridge to another time and place…WOW. Love bridges the shear architecture and beauty they can poses and the possibilities that lay beyond them. In this case, it takes you to a time in the past and a place far away. If anyone has a pond in their yard you will appreciate these, the Koa fish were mega millions it seems and huge. We have a water garden with regular goldfish which look minute compared to these Koa. As soon as you pull into the parking lot you will see a very impressive building, cross the bridge and it becomes more amazing. Now even though this is not a practicing Buddhist temple for GODS SAKE adhere to the signs. The temple has signs posted that state if you go into it to take your shoes off. You would not believe how any stupid brain dead morons went into the temple with their shoes on…Aaaaaaaa.
Get some comfy hiking boots, we’re on our way to Diamond Head. Depending on when you go will depend on how crowded the trails are. We planned unwisely, this place was packed like an Amazon warehouse. If you don’t go with a guide you will need to know to take a boatload of water. Our guide informed us many times and yet on our way down we had a gentleman get sick of Dehydration. When you pull into the parking lot the first thing that hits you is Holy crap this place is hot and in the middle of now where take water. As I mentioned the trail was crowded, everyone is after the same thing so take it easy and be polite, your experience will be that much more enjoyable. The history behind this place starts hundreds of thousands of years ago. With nature taking the first steps in creating this amazing place man’s first step on the land was thousands of years later. There are many and cram-packed sightseeing points along the way to the top. Take advantage of these to rest and take in the majestic views. On the way up we had a decision to make…take the stairs (OH so many stairs) or stay on the trail…trail it is. Atop the end of the trail, there is a piece of the dark history that is before your eyes. This concrete structure was part of the US defense during World War II. So on the way down we divided and conquered the trek down. Some of us stayed on the trail while others descended the stair.
If you’re a fan of Jurassic Park movies you’re in luck, Manoa Falls is where some of the films were made. The further you go back on the trials it feels like a trip into the past. Very beautiful and mind-blowing. You’ll need good hiking shoes for this trek as well as balance. Balance is a good thing, especially when your down trying to get the perfect picture while bobbing and weaving on wet rocks…GOT IT perfect. A little wet we set off into the jungle. Our Fit Bits enjoyed the hike as well…nailed it. Like most places when we travel we draw a crowd, hahaha. Popular vacation destinations do this. At the falls was no exception, which is odd. The trail heading in was not crowded, in fact, we have seen very few people.
What an amazing place, Waimea Valley trails, reconstructed huts and waterfalls. It’s perfect for a lazy afternoon of roaming in a relaxing and cool environment. There are many trails that all lead to the fall and water hole. Among these trails, you will find many reconstructed huts and history plaques. Take your time and just enjoy your time there.