Sand Island is an unusual place. Connected to Oahu by a drawbridge, Sand Island is a mixture of shipping, industrial, and municipal infrastructure facilities with a pretty raw coastline of tidepools and scrub. A cattle egret hunts for lunch above.
And a different kind of bird takes off from nearby Honolulu International Airport …
… and flies toward Diamond Head and Waikiki for some sight-seeing adventures.
And even bigger bird takes off toward the U.S. mainland …
… leaving behind a world of waves and tidepools.
They look like concrete bunkers but these are probably really part of an old breakwater or outfall pipe structure.
And these look like giant sponges or decayed trees, but upon closer inspection they appear to be the remains of a large insulated pipe that has rusted away.
Not too many visitors to this stretch of coastline, but somebody has been making a real effort to make it look tidy. Dig the white coral borders along the bushes and scrub.
And somebody even spelled out “Aloha.” Cool!
A natural puka worn into the shoreline by the waves.
And more tidepools.
Tug boats slip out of Honolulu Harbor to meet an incoming vessel.