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Last flight from Phoenix to Austin, amazing barbecue lunch and a short drive to Houston
My final day in Hawaii. I made the most of it by starting the day with watching the sunrise over Diamond Head and a short swim in the ocean before checking out. A short visit back at the US Army Museum to see the Cobra helicopter. More fresh fish for lunch and then the afternoon at the Bishop Museum before finally flying out on the red-eye.
I started the day snorkeling at Ala Moana park and had intended to take a Catamaran ride at 11 AM before having lunch, but the Catamaran got rescheduled to 3 PM and I had to make some adjustments. I visited the Byodo-In temple and spent the rest of the day in Waikiki after the Catamaran ride.
Photospheres near the Pali Lookout on O`ahu in Hawaii
A lot of flying today. I managed to fly at five different scenic locations today. My first stop was at Pearl Harbor. No flying there due to it’s proximity to the Navy base. My first flight was at the Aloha Tower where the NCL Pride of America and Falls of Clyde were docked. My second stop was at the Lanikai Pillboxes, where I have hiked in the past. The next stop was near the Halona Blowhole to get pictures of Koko Head. After that I stopped between Koko Head and Hanauma Bay to get photos of both. My last stop before sunset was at a park nearby Diamond Head in Waikiki. It was a very productive day, and without the hiking involved it was not exhausting.
Photospheres of Diamond Head and Waikiki on O`ahu in Hawaii
Photospheres of Hanauma Bay and Koko Head on O`ahu in Hawaii
Photospheres of Koko Head on O`ahu in Hawaii
Photospheres of the Lanikai Pillboxes on O`ahu, Hawaii
Photospheres near the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii
I started the day by snorkeling at Shark’s Cove which was supposed to be the best place on O`ahu for snorkeling. I got some more delicious fresh fish at a small restaurant. I ended the day at the free Army museum in Waikiki and watching the sunset at the beach.
I was planning to go around the east side of the island today and end up on the north shore to see some of the big waves in the afternoon. I started by stopping at the Hālona Blowhole before hiking up to the Makapu`u lighthouse. After a quick lunch in Kane`ohe I stopped at Kualoa regional park to fly my drone in the scenic area. I ended the day watching the sunset and big waves at Waimea Beach.
Photospheres from Kualoa regional park in O`ahu Hawaii
This morning I visited the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens. I spent considerable more time than I expected there. I took a few drone shots in the area and went back to Waikiki to snorkel and watch the sunset. For dinner I ate at the Tim Ho Wan restaurant I found in Hong Kong.