Thursday, January 14, 2010

December 29

Dad and I dropped Patty off at work, then set off to see the sites. We started off on Kalanianaole Highway, and stopped at Sandy Beach and the Halona Blowhole. Then we spent a chunk of the day driving along Kamehameha Highway, stopping to take pictures along the way, inclulding some of the Koolau Mountains. We stopped for lunch at Kualoa Ranch, were several movies (including Jurassic Park) were filmed. There were lots of beautiful houses nestled into the mountainside, overlooking the beach. I love the varied architecture of the homes along our route. Some are tiny cottages, others are mansions. We passed through several banana plantations in Kahuku. It really looked like we were in the rural area of some Asian nation. We also drove past Sunset Beach and the Bonzai Pipeline, then through the macadamia nut and pineapple fields in Hale’iwa. We stopped at the Dole Pineapple Plantation, where I found pineapple doggie treats!

At 4:30 we picked Patty up from work and took a drive along Roundtop Drive. We went up and up and up… until we got to the very top – 2,913 feet above sea level, at Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park. Wait… we weren’t at the top! WOW! We drove up Tantalus Drive, which is amazing. The houses can hardly be seen from the road. The area is steeply sloped, and the houses are tucked in and down behind gates and thick vegetation. The houses must cost a fortune. It would be like living in a fantasy rainforest.

Views from Kalanianaole Highway

Halona Blowhole

Makapu'u State Wayside Scenic Overlook

Views from Kamehameha Highway

Banana plantation

View of Honolulu from Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park

You can barely see the house tucked into the hillside...

Look how curvy Tantalus Drive is!

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