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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Awesome evidence of ancient eruptions at Kamanele Park

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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.

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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.

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You can really see how the hot lava flowed, folded, then cooled.

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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.

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Tree roots have grown around and through some of the rocks, and it looks pretty amazing.

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More rocks remain hidden beneath the scrub, but maybe we’ll get to see them some day soon.

 

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.