Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hawai'is First Day Hike 2015 - The Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors, with over 400 hikes scheduled this year in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park.  

Now in its 4th year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources is again sponsoring a First Day Hike on the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail at Kaiwi State Scenic Shorline in East Oahu. First Days Hikes are held in all 50 states to introduce people to the wonders and attributes of state parks.January 1, 2015, gate opens at 5:30 a.m. - Sunrise is at 7:09 a.m. (the parking lot fills quickly and overflow is along Kalanianaole Hwy) 1.5 miles on paved trail (moderate difficulty due to steepness). Bring light jacket, water, flashlight, sturdy footwear, warm beverages, camera. Well suited for children and strollers.

Joelyn Hovey
Calendar Specialist

Trail Length: 2.0 mi. (round trip)
Activity: Pedestrian
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Hot, dry slopes
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Park Name: Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline

Description: The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November-May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.

This portion of the island tends to be hot and dry and the vegetation includes low-growing kiawe and panini (cactus). The trail is exposed and is usually sunny and hot. It can be very windy at the summit. Hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water are recommended. Give yourself about 2 hours to enjoy this hike and it’s wonderful views.

Route: A parking area offers access to the trailhead. Follow the trail as it climbs up the western side of the ridge. Upon reaching the top of the ridge (about the halfway point), the trail switches back to the north, following the eastern side of the ridge. At this point it levels out somewhat, but still climbs gradually to the summit, where a pair of guardrailed lookouts offer panoramic vistas. To return, retrace your route.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Christmas Tree 2014

Halekulani Christmas Tree 2014

Parc Hotel Waikiki Christmas Tree 2014

Sheraton Waikiki Christmas Tree & Sand Sculptures 2014

Royal Hawaiian Hotel Christmas Tree 2014

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Christmas Tree 2014

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Christmas Tree 2014

Moana Surfrider Christmas Tree 2014

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel Christmas Tree 2014

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel Gingerbread Display 2014

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Christmas Tree 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Na Ala Hele - Hiking Hawai'i

Monday, December 1, 2014