|A black gate marks the beginning of the "trail"|
TOTAL TIME: 30 min
REHIKE VALUE: 8
After my unexpectedly brutal excursion up to La'ie Summit last weekend, I decided to tone it down with two of the gayest 'hikes' on the island; Makapu'u Lighthouse and Diamondhead Crater. To make things interesting, I decided to run instead of hike. Throwing on my running shoes and ditching my usual hike-pack, I took off up the paved road to the top. No water, just my camera.
|Koko Crater, an imposing landmark in the distance|
|The paved road continues all the way, pretty much disqualifying this one as a hike|
|Can only be seen during whale migration season which is coincidentally, hurricane season|
|Makapu'u and Waimanalo beaches, and Makapu'u ridge, the southern gateway to the Ko'olau Mountain range|
For a hike, this is totally gay, but for an uphill jaunt, it is absolutely fantastic.
|Ironically, the lighthouse has steered WW2 planes into the coastal cliffs|
|The gate that blocks access to the lighthouse|
|Sightseers gaze at the open sea from the lookout|
|One more look at the ocean to my left as I run back to my car|