Published: June 22nd 2012June 22nd 2012
Aloha My Friends,
After a late night on the beach on Wednesday Night, Thursday I woke up early and headed to Diamond Head. After toast and peanut butter with coffee, I headed to the bus stop a block away. The sun was shining and the skies were blue, I knew it was going to be a hot day.
After hopping on the #22 on Kuhio Street, I took a 10 min bus ride to the base of Diamond Head. The bus was packed with mostly tourists going to Diamond Head or Hanauma Bay. I started my hike up the mountain and i thought I probably should have gone earlier because it was hot even before I started to hike. Thankfully I bought a bottle of water before I caught the bus. As I made my way up the road, I had a wonderful view of the south of Ohau looking towards Hanauma Bay. I reached a tunnel and walked through the dark with cars drove through. Once out of the tunnel, I had a good view of the back side of the dormant volcano. To the right was a US Military Base and infront was a dry grassy field which the entrance and a parking lot were located.
It was actually alot different landscape then I expected because the rest of Oahu that I saw was so lush. It was dry and brown and there was long dead grass along the crater with low lying trees. It reminded me of Australia actually Or mt tolmie during the summer heat wave. After paying $1.00 US to enter, I followed the paved path for a few minutes until the path turned into dirt and rocks. The path was narrow and it winded up the back side to the top. It takes approx 45mins to hike up but with many tourists and photo opportunities, I probably took longer. I had to keep in mind though that I did have to check out at 12pm from the hostel as it was my last day in Hawaii :(
As I trekked up the historic landmark of Oahu.. I kept hearing from the tourists coming down, that it was worth the hike. I was panting and breathing hard as I was trying to go as fast as I could. The higher I got, the better the view. I just couldnt wait to get to the top. As I kept taking pics of the south, I finally reached the first view spot of Waikiki. Let me say, it was breathtaking!!! I was so glad that I waited to go Thursday because that was the clearest day I had been there. It was busy but regardless of the tourists I got some great pictures. However, as much as my pictures hopefully will be amazing, it will not compare to actually being there, seeing it with your own eyes. Yes it was definately worth the hike!!!! The ocean was so aqua blue that you could see right through it. The view stretched all the way to Waikiki and Honolulu to Hanauma Bay and the Mountains to the East and to the west, a never ending ocean.
At the top of Diamond Head, there are also military bunkers to explore. The US military used Diamond Head as a lookout for oncoming enemies during the war. Once exploring the bunkers, I started my way down. Weaving through tourists and practically running down all 175 stairs. I didnt know what time it was, yet I knew it was getting close to 12pm. It took half the time to get down then to go up. Once I passed the parking lot, I asked 2 aussies from Victoria if I could share a taxi back to Waikiki with them. They had no worries (lol) and I jumped in the taxi. It was 1130am which was perfect timing. There hotel was located close to my hostel and we shared friendly conversation about Aus, Canada and Hawaii.
I came back to the hostel, showered and packed my bags. I didnt have much plans for the rest of the day as Roberts Hawaii Shuttle was picking me up at 7pm fr my hostel. I went to the International Market Place and ordered #33 combo at Rainbow Sushi as I was quite hungry. After I ate, I went to Forever 21 and looked around on their 3 floors. However, it was too nice out to be indoors so I picked up a few things and went back outside to enjoy my last few hours in the sun. I walked around and took some more pics but I think with the hike from the morning, my sunburn from the day before, eating lunch and walking around Waikiki, I was exhausted. I sat in the shade and talked to a local and then started my way back to the hostel. I watched the end of the NBA final and just tried to rest and relax. These last few days, there hasnt been much relaxing as I have been on the go most of time. The hostel was serving Curried Chicken with Mash Potatoes and French Bread for dinner and I attempted to eat some before I caught my flight. I got my bags from storage, changed and got ready for my ride to pick me up. I had a nice talk with Davis from the reception and then caught my shuttle to HNL.
My flight was empty and I was able to stretch out and have a few hours of sleep. I arrived into YVR and caught the pacific coach line to the ferry. I am sitting here on the ferry, hoping they would have the eurocup game on. However, no luck. Its so weird to think that I was just in Hawaii not even 8 hours ago.
How time flies ...
I will reflect my trip in my next blog...