Hawaii Photos

Exploring the Hawaiian Islands is a feast for the senses -- fragrant air, warm breezes, bright colorful flowers and sweet juicy fruits... truly a Tropical paradise!

 

This trip was my first travel adventure. Feeling bored and trapped, I quit my job and flew to Hawaii with only a backpack - no itinerary or hotel reservations, just some clothes, my camera, a toothbrush and some money. What a blast!

Map of Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

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Waikiki Beach

 

Waikiki Beach as seen from just beyond Diamond Head. Oh that wonderful water!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waikiki Beach - canoes everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waikiki Beach

Honestly it's extremely touristy, but if you're not here to relax it can be fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waikiki Beach

Ahh...the beautiful waters of the Pacific... I'm content to sit and stare at the waves all day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waikiki city view
Sadly, it's not what it was when I first visited in the 80's -- it's now a noisy, lively city

 

 

 

 

 

Waikiki at night - all lit up abuzz with activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ala Moana Canal in Honolulu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pali Lookout

A few miles outside of Honolulu is this neat little scenic overlook, offering stunning views of the city and Waikiki

 

 

 

 

 

On top of the world

View of Honolulu and Waikiki from Pali Lookout. Diamond Head is that bump on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Sunset

 

Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach

Along Hwy 72 (near Diamond Head)

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Waikiki Beach
Waikiki City View
Waikiki at Night
Ala Moana Canal, Honolulu
Pali Lookout, Hawaii
View from Pali Lookout, Hawaii
Sunset in Waikiki Beach
Park near Diamond Head

 

To get to more scenic, pristine places, drive out near Diamond Head!!! 
Here is a lush, quiet park facing Diamond Head. Many people were doing yoga, it was that peaceful...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trees in Hawaii are amazing!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bit further up is a wonderful scenic overlook off Hwy 72 - oh so peaceful... (and very Planet of the Apes :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paragliders flying over the waters...(wish I was up there...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trail takes you down to the sandy beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, even a rooster here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further up on the scenic overlook is this lush green oasis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relax and enjoy your lunch here...

 

Park near Diamond Head
Highway 72 Scenic View
Hawaii Paragliders
Hawaii Trail
Hawaii Rooster
Lush green oasis in Hawaii
Hawaii Scenic Overlook
Haumauma Bay, Hawaii
Wai-Alea Beach Park, Hawaii
Rocky Beach off Highway 72 in Hawaii
Rocky Beach off Highway 72 in Hawaii
Rocky Beach off Highway 72 in Hawaii
Blowhole Overlook in Hawaii
Looking leftward from Blowhole Overlook in Oahu
Rocky Coastline in Hawaii
Sandy Beach north of Waikiki
Sunset off Waikiki Beach

 

Haunauma Bay

The waters are sparkling crystal clear. Perfect for snorkeling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manicured lawns near Wai-Alea Beach Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even further on Hwy 72 is this stretch of dramatic rocky beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to the left...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blowhole overlook. This is a hole in the rock; when the waves hit just right, water shoots up like a geyser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many tourists - not what I remember from the 80's...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking leftward - such beautiful scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dramatic rocky coastline on the north side of the island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful, quiet Sandy Beach. If Waikiki is too crowded & touristy, this is the place to go!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of a perfect day...

 

Blowhole Overlook in Hawaii