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~Waikiki Beach~

and other areas of Oahu

Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination extraordinaire. While much of it has been eroded, trampled by millions of feet, or encroached upon by towering skyscrapers, hints of its original beauty can still be seen in the crashing waves and the warm sand.
In ancient times, Waikiki was the center of power of the ali'i (high chiefs) of the island. They came to this area because the lands were rich, and the surfing was excellent. Watered by streams flowing out of the Koolau valleys, this was a place where taro was of first quality, ponds produced an incomparable supply of fish, and the ocean was a vast source of all sorts of marine foods.
The taro fields and fishponds of Waikiki were an engineering marvel. Said to have been built over 500 years ago by the chief Kalamakua, they covered the broad coastal plain from ocean to mountain. Here, Hawaiians grew their highly valued staple food, taro, as well as other crops like sweet potatoes, yams, sugar cane, and bananas.

Looking west along Waikiki

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

A wave breaks against a storm wall, then retreats for another attack.

Boating seems to be a favorite pasttime as evidenced by these four photos.



"Surfer On A Wave"
Robert Pashby Sculpture 2003

Kapiolani Park

A tree in bloom

A Banyan tree in the park

This one is very large, and has passages to stroll through.

Another tree in the park

Flowers are always in bloom

More flowers

A whole different kind of tree

Me at Waikiki

Yes, I was in the ocean

Unidentified tower

This guy lived next to my hotel

These are sacred rocks

The Place of Loving Remembrance
Sometime before 1400, these four large stones were hauled two miles to the beach by Ancient Hawaiians. They were believed to be empowered with the mana (spiritual force) of four great Tahitian kahuna (priests) known throughout the island as healers.
"KAHI HALIA ALOHA", THE PLACE OF LOVING REMEMBRANCE. The Memorial was proposed and designed by the lineal descendants to accommodate Hawaiian ancestral remains continually being unearthed in Waik´ź», the consequence of modern construction disturbances. The Memorial is the first of its kind to offer permanent and dignified protection to generations of Hawaiian ancestral remains unearthed and/or repatriated from museum collections across the nation.

A bronze sculpture of a Hawaiian woman. People were going up to sit on her lap for photos.
On the right is a dolphin sculpture in a fountain.

I caught the end of this show for Brunch on the Beach.





Six more photos of the Koolau Mountain Range. I really love to look at mountains, and think about how they came to be. This range was formed by volcanic disturbances, like all the mountains on Hawaii.

This is the sunrise over Honolulu.

Music is "Surfun' USA"

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