Sunday, January 1, 2012

1-1-2012: Ka`ena Point

Ever wanted to find out why lies at the very northwest tip of O`ahu?  Give this 5 mile round trip hike a try!  Neelesh and I started the new year with a pleasant stroll along the Waialua coastline to Ka`ena Point to catch the year's first sunset.  We were treated to a spectacular show with the waves pounding the coastline with such force that I can't imagine how surfers can survive a wipe out.  The waves were at least 15ft or higher!

Enroute, we encountered numerous hikers come back from Ka`ena Point.  Upon reaching the end of the 4x4 road and a gate, I was surprised to see that a fence was erected around the nature preserve.  In 2009, the last time I was here, this fence did not exist.  It's quite the eye sore.  At the point, which was filled with numerous Albatrosses, we watched the sun set albeit some heavy cloud cover in the direction of Kaua`i.  The waves however continued to pound the shoreline, higher than when we started the hike.  All in all, it took us about 45 minutes from the parking lot to the point.  After the sun disappeared, we headed back under a half moon to conclude a wonderful outing as we passed by a couple of groups with bonfires.

Happy New Year!

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