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Time to Escape

The real world beckons.

 

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Diamond Head hike, an old favorite

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Yeah, it’s on the tourist selfie map.

It used to be free, and not nearly as crowded.

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Kapiolani Park and Waikiki on a pretty clear day.

But the hike to the top of Diamond Head is still a lot of fun if you know what to expect and can deal with it.  The views are awesome, but I really have to be in the mood.

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It’s a lot like the Tokyo subway sometimes.
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Yeah, it’s that crowded.
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Inside the crater.
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View from a recent flight.  The peak is on the right side of the crater.
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You can just make out the old bunkers at the peak.  Sure miss surfing those waves below!
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Koko Head in the distance, from Diamond Head peak.

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Diamond Head lighthouse.

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Rain creeping down from the Koʻolaus.
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Decent map shows you what you’re in for.

‘Electric’ parakeets brighten the trees

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Flash at night gave this wild Rose-ringed Parakeet some bright color and made it look almost neon.

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Their colors aren’t quite as striking in natural light, but they are still very bright.  This one had a nice blue tail that matched the sky.

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They make a nice couple.

A wild cockatoo or two

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I swear it looks like he’s smiling.

Several wild cockatoos live in the rear of Manoa Valley.

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Credible folklore says they are remnants of the old Paradise Park tourist attraction that featured exotic birds riding bicycles and that sort of thing until it went out of business in the 1990s.

Bruno Mars lived in a small cottage there with his father for a time, and remnants of the park were later used for sets to film the TV series “Lost.”

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The cockatoos screech pretty loud, but you don’t always actually see them.  It’s a treat when you do.

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