Ala Wai Canal ramble

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The Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki is surrounded by good walking paths that link several decent-sized parks.

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Canoes line the shore at Ala Wai Community Park.

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Lots of history here.

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It’s a short stroll to the McCully Street Bridge and a view of the slopes of Diamond Head at the end of the canal.

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Then it’s over the Makiki Stream Bridge.  The stream is not much to look at, but the view is interesting.

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The Kalakaua Avenue Bridge is next.

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Lots of jellyfish appear as the canal nears the ocean.

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And lots of tilapia.

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Back toward the other end of the canal is the mouth of Manoa Stream after it’s been joined with Palolo Stream.

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I think that’s a goose snoozing along the bank.

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And some goslings!

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The view’s a little different from another angle.

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Lots of ducks near the mangroves.

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Some sleep with one eye open.

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A friendly bulbul makes an appearance.

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A waxbill finch turns up too.

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Great way to spend a morning!

 

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Humuhumunukunukuapua’a school

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Ran into a whole school of Humus near the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki.

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They’re our official State Fish and they’re pretty common, but you don’t always see a whole school right by the shoreline.

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It was a little breezy so the water was choppy, but at least it was nice and clear.

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The Natatorium has been slowly crumbling for decades.  The famous arch is still in pretty good shape though.

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“The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”

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But the old Natatorium keeps crumbling away.

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Sand Island sojourning: Part I

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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.

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And a different kind of bird takes off from nearby Honolulu International Airport …

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… and flies toward Diamond Head and Waikiki for some sight-seeing adventures.

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And even bigger bird takes off toward the U.S. mainland …

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… leaving behind a world of waves and tidepools.

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They look like concrete bunkers but these are probably really part of an old breakwater or outfall pipe structure.

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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.

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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.

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And somebody even spelled out “Aloha.”  Cool!

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A natural puka worn into the shoreline by the waves.

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And more tidepools.

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Tug boats slip out of Honolulu Harbor to meet an incoming vessel.

 

 

 

Wandering along Ka Iwi Coast tidepools

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The rugged Ka Iwi Coast on the east side of Oahu is a great place to wander.  Lots of tidepools and little surprises.

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Oahu’s last active lava flow met the sea here many moons ago, and the beach is now a fascinating mix of coral and lava.

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A few nice shells are scattered here and there.

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The line on this fish’s back makes it look like he’s looking up and frowning.

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Lots of little reef fish in the pools.

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Some of the fish have very good camouflage.  Look closely and you will see the fish in the center below.

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It’s always nice to see the Coast Guard on the job.

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The empty shell of a large crab still stands guard too.

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Koko Crater looms in the background.

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This old engine block has seen better days.  It’s almost like an archeological find.  But not quite.  Just another reminder of the modern world.

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