I usually stay in the hussle and bustle of Waikiki, however, I know the quiet places to escape when all the Aussie tourists get too much for me! I can say that, I’m Australian. Sometimes it’s just good to grab a car and drive. It’s an island so you can get lost, although unlike say Florida, you can use the landscape to get your bearings.
This visit was even better because I had my own car and was getting used to the intracacies of an older Porsche. One being the large centre tachometer. The option list on this car is not what I would have chosen. Aluminium gauges and handbrake were ordered and they didn’t upgrade to the CD in the dash unit and went with the changer in the front. Then again, when I was looking to get my 997 GT3 there were some woefully optioned cars… I am getting used to the aluminium gauges.
My regular run gets me to this view early in the morning probably 3-4 times a week when I am there. The sprint up the hill, or hills if I go around Diamond Head Crater, a good for my health. I stand and stare into the sun and get ready for the day. Koko Head and Koko Crater in the background.
Use a map to find the couple of beach parks in this area. It’s a residential area so watch your parking and take note of the No Parking signs. Offers good views back to Diamond Head, Waikiki and Honolulu in general. China Walls is the local surf break and involved jumping of the volcanic rocks to get into the water.
Further around the winward coast the road sticks pretty close to the water. You can usually find a place to park and soak up the scenery for a while and one of many places such as Kahana Bay.
When I head to the North Shore I usually call in to Coffee Gallery in the North Shore Marketplace and grab a decent coffee and something to eat and go to the beach in Haleiwa. Never seems too crowded, then again, I don’t go there during the peak surf times when the North Shore is unbearable for someone who doesn’t enjoy crowds and traffic.
Did I mention I’m a Magnum PI fan? Even if he drove the wrong type of car. Fans will recognise this one because it was used in many episodes and in the final scene of the series. It’s the Byodo-In Temple, a scale replica of a Japanese temple. It’s in the foothills of the mountains so take the mosquito repellant. Another easy drive from Honolulu and a small entrance fee. Speaking of entrance fees, I like Hawaii because there are so many free things to do and unlike other tourist destinations, you aren’t always putting your hands in your pockets to pay for things.