After we hiked Diamond Head, we got back in our car and continued to drive east from Honolulu on H1. We had no plan really; we figured we’d just go as far as possible until it was time to turn around and head to the airport for our overnight flight back to California. It’s a small island. You could, theoretically, circumnavigate the entire thing in a matter of hours.
That’s how we came to discover and, simultaneously, adore the Windward side. The crashing waves, the rocky coastline: The Hanauma Bay area was a recreation of Big Sur…only, on an island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Disclosure: These photos weren’t actually taken at the bay as the parking lot was full. Rather, we traveled a couple minutes past the famed bay and pulled off into an overlook, where we scaled a wall and scampered down the natural rock ledge.)
We had actually seen the northern part of the coastline on our drive down from the North Shore, but then cut across the island at Kaneohe and didn’t see the southeastern most tip. It changed from rocky and volcanic in parts to green and lush…
…to wide, sandy beaches the closer you get to the North Shore.
But you see, this is exactly the facet of Hawaii that makes it the perfect travel destination. There are such a variety of landscapes and scenery, activities and offerings—how can you not find something that strikes your fancy?
If you can’t, then you’re clearly impossible to please. Because I must say we’re two relatively well-traveled people with high expectations and we found absolutely nothing that wasn’t perfect about our time in Oahu.
(Side note: Who wears SNEAKERS on the beach? Weirdo.)