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  • Day64

    Fahrradtour zum Hanauma Bay, Oahu

    May 18 in the United States

    Nach 3 Stunden Surfen bis uns die Arme abfielen, taten wir uns noch eine sportliche 3-stündige Fahrradtour zur Hanauma Bucht an, damit wir dann abends auch schön Ganzkörpermuskelkater haben. Aber der Ausblick wars wert! 😍⛰ Und Seb stürzte sich danach sogar nochmal bei Sonnenuntergang aufs Surfbrett. 💪🏼😅🏄🏽‍♂️

  • Day60

    Hanauma Bay ... fish!

    May 13, 2017 in the United States

    At last I've got to the snorkelling section of my trip 😎

    Hanauma Bay is a flooded extinct volcanic crater - cool in its own right, but also a safe and rich snorkelling site. I'll go at least once more, so lots more fish pics 😉

  • Day62

    Hanauma Bay again ... more fish

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    More snorkelling and fish pics, I can't resist!

    However ... the first thing I saw, as I settled on the beach, were 2 mongooses sniffing around someone's bag! The mongoose was introduced to control rats in sugar cane plantations, but rats are predominately nocturnal and mongooses are diurnal so not the greatest success, and now they are a pest that's having a big impact on native birds.

    Back to the fish ... 😎Read more

  • Day78

    O'ahu, Tag 2

    August 8, 2017 in the United States

    Heute ging es eine Runde über den Ost-Teil der Insel. Diamond Head mit einer wahnsinnigen Aussicht auf Honolulu und Waikiki Beach.
    Lanai Lookout und dann eine kleine Abkühlung am Makapu'u Beach. Zum Sonnenuntergang ging es dann zur Nai'a Lagoon.

  • Day7

    Koko head aka "stairs of doom"

    October 14, 2016 in the United States

    O my greatness, they aren't kidding with the whole "stairs of doom" thing. According to Isabel's fitbit it was 152 floors of stairs. The worst thing is its straight from bottom to top, really a mental challenge!

    But it was totally worth it, not only because of the feeling of triumph but because of the amazing views.

    We were the only tourists on this hike, everyone else were locals and they use it as training, as one of the guys told us "this beats a leg day in the gym". To be honest I think we can skip leg day for 3 weeks and our legs will still feel those stairs.

    As Isabel said: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"

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  • Day2

    Waikiki, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay

    June 16, 1992 in the United States

    Each day brings a new trauma. All in all, today was a lovely day. We had a bit of a sleep in until about 8:30 while Pete went to the laundromat. Then we went across the road to get a JR's breakfast special - 2 pancakes, bacon & eggs for $1.95. After that we collected some more towels and posted some cards, then made our way to Diamond Head to tackle the hike to the top (760 ft above sea level). Only 0.7 miles but quite steep in places - that was what the sign said, anyway.

    Right at the top was a tunnel and a flashlight was required, but we took our chances. The view from the top was magnificent and well worth the climb. Around this time the boys began to annoy each other and complain and did so at odd times for the rest of the day, with Pete & I threatening to send them home on the next flight. There were a couple of times when we almost meant it.

    After the climb back down we sat in Diamond Head Crater and had a bit of a snack before making our way round to Hanauma Bay. Not really very far but very slow traffic because of roadworks. It was a bit like coming back to Sydney after a weekend away.

    Hanauma Bay is a beautiful spot which we had seen on Monday. The water wasn't quite as warm as the previous day, but still very refreshing. The water was teeming with fish which made it a popular snorkelling spot. One very large mullet looking fish, about 30cm long swam right beside me.

    The day turned overcast and when it actually rained most people, including us, packed up and went. Besides, we had to return our towels again. After showering we headed off for the Hard Rock Cafe, quite a walk, but better than looking for a parking spot. We arrived at 7.45 and were told we would have to wait 75 minutes for a table. Even the queue for t-shirts was quite long.

    We opted instead for the Sizzlers which we had passed along the way, with Sean complaining bitterly about having walked all that way for nothing and he didn't want to go to Sizzler either. We had a rather nice meal (I had Mahi Mahi), but Pete didn't go too much on the steak. We also sampled the Mai Tais that we had heard about.

    Pete had bought a $7 phone card which would get him a 3 minute international call as he wanted to phone Nicole. We did so, but the line dropped out after about a minute and he was very angry. He phoned again from the hotel anyway (what he wanted to avoid in the first place).

    While he was phoning, Sean decided to investigate the safe in our room in which we had put all our documents etc. We then couldn't get it open and Pete had to go looking for a locksmith. By this time Sean was about on death row. After about half an hour the safe reset itself and the locksmith cancelled.

    Well, I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
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  • Day8

    Koko Head Crater

    October 26, 2016 in the United States

    Koko Head Crater rises 1368 feet above the eastern side of Oahu. During the second world war, American forces installed bunkers atop the hill and a steep inclined railway to transport supplies to them. Today, the military installations are abandoned but the railway ties are used as stairs for adventurous (stupid) tourists to climb to the summit.

    Brenda had mentioned she might like to make the hike up, but I was initially a little apprehensive as the photos of the trail I had seen made it seem as though it may not be the safest tourist attraction out there. There are a total of 1050 ties to climb before you reach the top. With the thousand of visitors the site attracts, many of the ties are rounded and others have rotted with age. Although repairs have been made by the Parks Department, hardly any of the steps up the climb seemed of equal distance and often the ties are covered with a thin layer of dirt. With the frequent showers we've been having this week, I was fearful the climb and descent could be slippery and treacherous. However, at the recommendation of Brenda's niece, Zenna, we decided to take the hike on Thursday morning.

    If Zenna can do it, I can do it.

    And so we set out Thursday morning and found our way to the entrance to the park. After a short walk we arrived at the base of the railway track that rose in a straight line to the top of the crater. It appeared from that vantage point to rise almost vertically as it neared the summit. If you zoom in on the left side of the mountain in the picture above, you can see the line cut into the vegetation where the railway runs.

    Off we went. The first couple of hundred steps were relatively easy with only a 5% or 6% gradient. Nonetheless, I was carrying all our beach supplies and water on my back and I quickly began huffing and puffing as Brenda sped up the hillside. Not one of the steps is the usual seven inch rise you have on standard staircases. Some were only three or four inches while others felt like they were eighteen.

    By the time I was halfway up, I had a pretty good sweat going and I could feel the lactic acid starting to build in my quads. From that point on I was taking a break every hundred steps or so, which allowed me to catch my breath and to take a look at the already magnificent view. By this time, Brenda was so far ahead of me she was out of sight. The gradient now was up to about 10% and the fun was about to begin.

    Just before the railway really goes vertical, there is about a 100 foot long section that is suspended 40 feet above a ravine, with nothing between the ties but air. One wants to simply get across those hundred feet as quickly as possible, but the ties are uneven, some rotted and some rounded, so you have no choice but to tread very carefully. Much to my surprise, I caught up to Brenda here as she had gingerly crab-walked her way across the opening.

    But alas, once she was over the ravine, she once again scooted away from me. The last third of the climb was the most difficult with the gradient ranging, i would guess, between 20% and 40%. I was stopping every twenty five steps to wipe my brow, drink some water and catch my breath. During one of my rest breaks, I met up with a man who was descending with a walking stick. He told me he found the descent just as difficult as the ascent. He then surprised me when he informed me he had climbed to the top to celebrate his 85th birthday! "It doesn't matter how old you are, if you want it bad enough and are determined, you can do anything." Well, that was all the incentive I needed to get my sorry ass in gear. I wished him a very happy birthday and many more to come and went back to my attack on the summit.

    The climb was so steep here that I had to carry my backpack on my chest to help maintain my balance. But, after a couple more stops along the way, I finally reached the top and was rewarded with a 360 degree view of the southern and eastern shores of Oahu. Truly breathtaking views and a cool breeze made every step up worthwhile. Brenda and I stayed up there for about half an hour, had a little snack and then set out on our way back down the hill.

    With a lightened load on my back and gravity working in my favour, I found the descent much easier than the climb up, although it was a little jarring on the knees from time to time. Traversing the ravine was also a challenge since the ties naturally slope downwards causing you to accelerate unless you're careful. I had to adopt a semi-squat position and tread very carefully over the half rotted ties to ensure I didn't make a misstep. I was very glad to arrive at the part of the track where the gradient became more horizontal as I could feel a slight quivering in my legs from the constant battle to maintain balance on the upper portion. By the time I stepped off the last tie, my legs were like jello.

    As I write this blog two days later, my legs are still killing me. Those long bike rides and runs couldn't prepare me for the intense Stairmaster workout I went through on Wednesday, although I don't regret for one minute having made the climb.

    But Zenna, I owe you one.
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  • Day4

    The Punchbowl

    October 22, 2016 in the United States

    After climbing up Diamond Head, we decided to explore the other nearby crater known as The Punchbowl. Since 1948, this extinct volcano has been used as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and is the final resting place for thousands of Armed Forces servicemen.

    It was a very easy stroll up to the summit on a cloudy and sometimes rainy morning. At the top we were taken aback by the beauty of the installation and the pristine landscaping. The crater is filled with headstones that are aligned with customary military precision and which bear dates from 1943 to 2016. Once again our thoughts are of the tragedy that the loss of so many young lives represents. However, although these men and women likely experienced a violent demise, they have been laid to rest in a place of great peace and serenity.Read more

  • Day128


    February 8, 2017 in the United States

    Wir sind mittlerweile auf Oahu angekommen.
    Anders als alle Pazifikinseln die wir bis jetzt besucht haben ist hier wirklich was los.
    Viele Amerikaner und Asiaten drängen sich in Waikiki durch die Shopping-Center.
    An der West und Ostküste ist hingegen deutlich weniger los.

    Heute haben wir die Ostküste besucht und einige wunderschöne Plätze gefunden :-)
    Lanai Lookout:
    Hier konnten wir neben den coolen Gesteinsformationen auch Waale sehen (leider zu weit weg für ein Foto)

    Makapuu Lookout:
    Dieser Lookout zeigt ein paar kleine vorgelagerte Inseln (Mojos) von Oahu. Hier fliegen viele Paraglider wie wild umher
    Makapuu Beach:
    Wunderschöner Strand zum schnorcheln und entspannen :-)
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