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!
This little guy was munching on some pretty purple flowers near the University of Hawaii campus.
Park maintenance workers cut back some thick brush along the edge of Kamanele Park for the first time in recent memory and exposed a magnificent cascade of lava rock.
From a distance, the rocks look almost like the remnants of an ancient temple lost in the jungle, but as far as I can tell this is a natural formation.
You can really see how the hot lava flowed, folded, then cooled.
A very young Barack Obama lived across the street with his grandparents for a time, and it’s not hard to imagine young “Barry” running around the park and perhaps climbing around on these same rocks.
Tree roots have grown around and through some of the rocks, and it looks pretty amazing.
More rocks remain hidden beneath the scrub, but maybe we’ll get to see them some day soon.
Clouds and mist turn red-orange as the sun goes down on another weekend while a few wisps of vapor seem to resist and try to hang on just a little longer.
Each one’s different. Each one’s beautiful in some way.
Hawaii is awesome.
Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Portlock as seen from Koko Crater summit.
Now there’s a workout!
Dig the random wild cactus and the clouds reflecting on the ocean.