Just Beyond Hanauma Bay

The point at Makapu’u is the most east-facing part of the island of Oahu. The surf coSandy Beachming from the west will hit along that shore first and then flow to either side around the island. Perhaps this is why Sandy Beach is a favorite surfing spot — it’s just around the bend from Makapu’u.

I finally found the entrance to the two-mile hike to the top of Makapu’u point that people keep talking about. I have also heard that, along with the wonderful views at the top of this thing, there are old abandoned bunkers left from World War II. I haven’t seen it yet, but I promise you guys that I will. I will tell you all about it and bring you pictures to go with it!

What I am very familiar with, and what scared me as a child, are the  sheer cliffs along the road that leads to Sandy Beach and Makapu’u Point. It is especially threatening at night, but daylight provides the visual for us here! It doesn’t scare me anymore because now I’m the driver. It scares my mother though… of course it might be my driving that scares her.

 

The Stuff Romance Novels are Made Of

Those cliffs remind me of the covers of some Harlequin romances  and of the old-time TV show, Dark Shadows. There was always that girl standing on the edge of the cliff with her hair and romantic, white dress blowing in the wind. Standing oh so precariously near the edge waiting to fall to her demise on the jagged rocks and rough surf below. Has he left her? Has she lost him to death or to another woman? Will he come to her in the cold night air? Will he push her over the edge? In reality, there are no such romantic tales to be told. Shucks! But, it’s still a lovely setting for first dates and a great backdrop for wedding photos.

Many people are drawn to this area. Tourists riding on tour buses and driven around in limousines frequent this area. Local residents go here to surf, to run, to bicycle and to just hang out. Even the street bikers are drawn here on their motorcycle runs. There’s a sense of freedom without being too far away from the city. There’s surf crashing against the rocks, great views and a little bit of romance and thrill to come so close to the edge of those sheer cliffs.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lakshmi // Jan 29, 2007 at 5:54 am

    Not just Harlequin! The view reminds me of my hometown, Mangalore on the west coast of India, with all its wonderful pristine beaches.. I wanna be back home.. Boo Hoo.. Especially as this is picnic season.. Jan Feb Mar, Then its too hot.. Sigh Sigh

  • 2 tanguy // Jan 29, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Great Evelyn,
    I have never been to Hawai yet, but sure, this is one of my future destinations… really curious about all its hidden sides, spots and so on. I want to discover 🙂 !!! Keep on !
    Best,
    Tanguy

  • 3 Sandra Dickinson // Jan 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    I spent one of the most enlightening weeks of my life on Kauai. I backpacked out on the Napali Coast. Hiked on the cliffs, swam in the ocean, hung on the beach (naked). Only ran into one other soul all the way out there. I could see Bali hai “over there.” The rhythm of the tides became one with my breathing (or, my breathing became one with the ocean). There is no place on earth where the flora is so HUGE and the shape of the land is so WEIRD. And the mini-climate changes are so dramatic. At the top of the ridge, it would be hot and bare and dry. Five minutes later, at the bottom of the deep valley, it would be raining in the lush rain forest!
    No joke.

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 29, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much for your comments!

  • 5 Angel // Jan 31, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful blog Evelyn! I have never been to Hawaii so this will be so wonderful to read daily and see what life is like. I hope to visit Hawaii someday. My home is quite opposite from Hawaii but I lived in Arizona for 15 years and it sure is beautiful there too, and I never got tired of it. Never. The beauty was around you every day and I loved it.
    It will be nice reading your blog!

  • 6 Evelyn // Jan 31, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Thank you, Angel, for keeping us on your radar! I’m excited about talking to everyone so anything that pops in your mind, be sure to share!

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