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    Hanauma Bay

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    We happened to stop here on our circle island tour. What a beautiful place to see. The circular-shaped shore of Hanauma Bay on the southeast tip of East Honolulu, you can imagine how this beautiful cove was once a volcanic crater. Today, this crater, and you can swim out into Hanauma Bay’s clear blue waters and explore the reefs full of colorful fish. Rent or bring your own masks, snorkels and fins.

    The Hanauma Crater was created about 32,000 years ago during the Honolulu volcanic series, the latest (and perhaps final) burst of volcanic activity to occur on Oʻahu.[8] Tens of thousands of years ago, a series of volcanic vents opened along the southeast shoreline of Oʻahu. Unlike the gentle lava flows currently building the island of Hawaiʻi, the late-stage eruptions on Oʻahu were violent explosions. The volcanic vents that formed Hanauma Crater opened on the sea floor. Upwelling magma vaporized the ocean water and steam explosions atomized the magma into fine ash. The explosions built cones of ash, which solidified into tuff. The eruptions shattered the sea floor—coral reef and basalt—and scattered pieces that are now embedded in the tuff. Wave erosion eventually cut through the low, southeast wall of the crater, forming the current bayhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanauma_Bay

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    Makapuu Point Lighthouse 1909

    by Yaqui Written May 12, 2014

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    Makapuu Point Lighthouse was built in 1909 on a 600 foot sea cliff with spectacular views of the Windward side of the island. It went automated in 1974. There is a 2 mile trail that leads to the lighthouse and beautiful views.

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    Kaiona Beach Park

    by Yaqui Written May 12, 2014

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    We stopped by this beach to take some photo's of the beautiful turquoise ocean. What was so touching and very poetic, was a pitbull just sitting looking out to the sea. He never once moved his gazed from the sea. Our guide said he is probably awaiting the return of his master from fishing or surfing. I was in awe of this touching scene. God bless this furry wonder! BTW, the beach is gorgeous too!

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    Kahauloa Cove

    by Yaqui Updated May 10, 2014

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    Named after the crater that is across from the cove. It has some very unique features. It caught my attention because how blue the ocean is when it was splashing against the volocanic rocks.

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    Halona From Here to Eternity Beach

    by Yaqui Updated May 10, 2014

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    This is where Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr had their famous kissing sceneFrom Here to Eternity. I grew up watching old black and white movies. This movie actually caused a stir doing the 50's due to its so called bad girl content.....LOL!

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    Halona Blow Hole

    by Yaqui Written May 10, 2014

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    The blowhole was created when a molten lava tube from volcanic erupted thousands of years ago. When the surf is just right, the sea waves hit the hole and if your lucky, you'll see it shoot up to 30 feet in air. This particular day the waves were somewhat calm. Still it was really neat to finally see it.

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    Watch a Sunset!!

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    A friend suggested I should at least one time head to the beach to see a sunset. I was not dissappointed. How gorgeous they are!!

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    Royal Manoa Beach

    by Yaqui Written Apr 27, 2014

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    The beach in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel is known as Royal Manoa Beach, but it is really two beaches - Kahaloa Beach and Ulokou Beach. Public access is off of Kalakaua Avenue.

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    Kuhio Beach Park

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    Part of the Waikiki Beach shoreline, Kuhio Beach park was built in 1951 as an improvement project. Low walls were built to create lagoons and sand was imported to create these beaches. To the right of the groin you can bodyboard, but no surfboards are allowed. It a wonderful place to bring the family. The park has lots of picnic tables and shaded areas.

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    Outrigger Reef Beach

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 25, 2014

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    Although, this is probably part of the Waikiki shoreline, this little strip of beach is divided by a breakwater wall from Fort DeRussy beach. This little beach strip on the right and is directly in front of Outrigger Reef Resort and is sectioned off from this enormous Sheraton's patio that juts out onto the beach cutting off the beach that is on the other side. There is a small narrow walkway around the patio to get to the other side of the beach.

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    Fort DeRussy Beach

    by Yaqui Written Apr 25, 2014

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    They have different shorelines and each beach has its own name. Fort DeRussy has a 1,800 foot shore line and is directly in front of Fort DeRussy Military Reservation, which is assigned to US Military personnel families. Facilities available are Restrooms, showers, and food concessions are located at numerous spots along the beach on Kalakaua Avenue. Fort DeRussy Beach also has picnic shelters, shade trees, a grassy area, and a water sports equipment concession. One thing we noticed while here, it was never crowded.

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    Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014
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    It would have been better if the whales were there, but I didn't go at the correct time of year. This is a whale spotting area though and you don't even have to go half way up for that. The bad thing is if you are still walking it when it gets dark, there is no light anywhere to help you get down. it is an incline all the way up and even though it is paved, the pavement is rough and broken in many places. So, a stroller or wheelchair wouldn't be a great idea here. The lookout point isn't any better than what you could drive to, the same entrance as this except you would go to the left parking area instead of the right one. I went alone at a moderate pace and it took about an hour. Please take water as there is no where here to buy it and there is no bathroom either.

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    Ko'olau Mountain Range

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 15, 2013

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    The Ko'olau Montain Range is the backbone of O'ahu with it's green jagged hills stretching from the south shore to the north shore.

    Although it is called a mountain range, Ko'olau is actually the western half of a volcano that was destroyed during the prehistoric times.

    Ko'olau Moutain Rainge is a dramatic backdrop that can be seen while driving along the windward coast. During our drive along the coast we stopped to photograph it from various towns.

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    Chinaman's Hat

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 29, 2013

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    If you're driving along the coast of Oahu you will definitely come across the large cone shaped island juting out of the ocean. Stop and take a pic and enjoy a refreshing coconut drink.

    The area where it is most visible seems to be a great picnic area as we saw plenty of families enjoying a beautiful day.

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    Waikiki Beach

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 29, 2013

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    A very hot and crowded Waikiki Beach
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    The beaches of Waikiki are legendary. They are quite beautiful, clean and you can learn how to surf here.

    We had a really relaxing few hours here and witnessed a wedding and many tourists oggling the sun bathers and swimmers.

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