The Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki is surrounded by good walking paths that link several decent-sized parks.
Canoes line the shore at Ala Wai Community Park.
Lots of history here.
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.
Then it’s over the Makiki Stream Bridge. The stream is not much to look at, but the view is interesting.
The Kalakaua Avenue Bridge is next.
Lots of jellyfish appear as the canal nears the ocean.
And lots of tilapia.
Back toward the other end of the canal is the mouth of Manoa Stream after it’s been joined with Palolo Stream.
I think that’s a goose snoozing along the bank.
And some goslings!
The view’s a little different from another angle.
Lots of ducks near the mangroves.
Some sleep with one eye open.
A friendly bulbul makes an appearance.
A waxbill finch turns up too.
Great way to spend a morning!
Ran into a whole school of Humus near the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki.
They’re our official State Fish and they’re pretty common, but you don’t always see a whole school right by the shoreline.
It was a little breezy so the water was choppy, but at least it was nice and clear.
The Natatorium has been slowly crumbling for decades. The famous arch is still in pretty good shape though.
“The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”
But the old Natatorium keeps crumbling away.
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.
The rugged Ka Iwi Coast on the east side of Oahu is a great place to wander. Lots of tidepools and little surprises.
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.
A few nice shells are scattered here and there.
The line on this fish’s back makes it look like he’s looking up and frowning.
Lots of little reef fish in the pools.
Some of the fish have very good camouflage. Look closely and you will see the fish in the center below.
It’s always nice to see the Coast Guard on the job.
The empty shell of a large crab still stands guard too.
Koko Crater looms in the background.
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.
Only in downtown Honolulu will you see a Humuhumunukunukuapua’a spray-painted on a wall.
The Humu is our state fish and they’re usually not to hard to find (in the water).