|On Tuesday I did my own little tour around some of the sites of interest around Waikiki and East Oahu.
I got up early and headed for Diamond Head Crater around 8.15am. Diamond Head Crater, is obviously, the crater of an extinct volcano, and the most popular hike in Hawaii is to climb it. So I did. I started the climb at 8.50am, walked the 176 steps or so and had some amazing views across Honolulu and Waikiki. The whole hike, up and down only took me an hour! So I headed to my next destination for the day, Manoa Falls, a mile hike through rainforest to a 160ft high waterfall, the forest was beautiful, and I'd read that Jurassic Park was filmed around the islands, and you could tell that the kinds of trees around reminded you of the film! Plus there were the noises deep in the forest...
As I missed the 12.20 bus I walked around the Harold Lyon Arboretum nearby as well, looking at some of the native plants of Hawaii, most of which are endangered due to so many introduced ones over the years.
My final destination for the day was the Valley of the Temples in Kanaohe, to see the replica of a Japanese temple, Byodo-In, which was beautiful and serene set against a backdrop of the mountains.
A very long, and busy day, but it was so good to get away from the beaches for a day and see some of the real Hawaii!