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Lighthouses of Oahu - Lots of Photos!

Just got back from a lighthouse trip? Have you just finished photographing every aspect of one lighthouse? Post the pictures here! Lighthouse-related photos are also welcome.

Postby shirin » Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:01 pm


Finally have some photos of the lights of Hawaii to share with you.

After a 2 hour flight to Chicago, another 4 hours to San Francisco and a final 5 hours to Honolulu, I arrived on the island of Oahu Friday October 28th around 7pm island time. And I was wiped having left Connecticut for Laguardia Airport in NYC around 6am East coast time. Talk about a long day! Shortly after my arrival I got a shuttle to my hotel in Waikiki and waited for my best friend Liz to arrive from Colorado. Once Liz arrived it wasn't long before we closed our first day in Hawaii.

The next morning we were up early and dragging only slightly. We started the morning off with a great breakfast of smoothies and macadamia nut pancakes at Cheeseburger in Paradise. Nothing wrong with a fresh pineapple smoothie and those pancakes as your first meal in Hawaii! Not to mention my very first view of the Pacific Ocean.

After breakfast and a stop in a couple of ABC stores which seem to be everywhere at times in some of the shopping areas, we met up with the rest of the lighthouse gang to start our first day of lighthousing.

First stop - Diamond Head!

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Then it was back into the 6 vans we rented to get the group around the island and on to a distant view of the Makapuu Point light. Unfortunately, road construction blocked the roads from being driveable so a closer view was not had by many of the group until they went back after the cruise to hike out to the light. However, we were able to get a distant view which was better than nothing.

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While taking in the distant view, we were also treated to other great views at a local park.

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Once we were all back in our vans, it was off to Barbers Point. The view along the way was not like that on our lighthouse adventures back east so I thought I'd share a couple of scenes with you now.

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And here is Barbers Point. This light was one of two that we were able to climb on our 16 lighthouse journey.

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We ended our evening with a luau at Paradise Cove. Didn't take too many photos there as I was too busy watching everything going on and my camera and I are not too great on the low light photography yet but I did manage to get this one for a close to the day.

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Day two was mostly a shopping day in Honolulu as well as getting everything packed up from the hotel and onto the boat for the cruise portion of the trip. Spent quite awhile shopping with great success at the stores by the Aloha Tower which was right by where the boat was docked. We had plenty of time in the shops and of course took a quick elevator ride up to the top of the Aloha tower to take in the scenery. That evening while at dinner on board the ship I took this photo of the Aloha tower from the top deck.

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Shortly after dark we were off and on our way to our next island of Kauai.
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Postby Jen » Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:34 pm


Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Was this trip to the Islands specifically a lighthouse trip? I bet those shops were expensive... :wink:
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Postby Maria » Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:11 pm


Awesome pictures, Shirin. I don't think it's possible to take an ugly picture in Hawaii.

Some info: the island near Makapu Point is called Rabbit Island.
and the Aloha Tower does count as a lighthouse. It was once used as an aid to navigation in the harbor.

Do you have pictures from the top of Barber's Point? Were you allowed into the open-air lantern room?

Keep 'em coming!

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Postby shirin » Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:38 pm


Thanks Maria, I couldn't remember the name of the island. And yes, out in the open air at Barber's Point. Have photos just not up loaded yet. I'm currently working on the Kuaui photos.
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Postby wheland » Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:32 pm


Shirin,

Loks great so far. Your photos bring back some good memories of both my trip to Hawaii this past June and in 2003. I got to see the same Lighthouses as you- but Esther and I didn't get to climb Barber's Point.

I'm looking forward to your photos of Kuaui- it's hard to pick just one but I think it's my favorite island of the 3 that we went to on the two trips.

Keep 'em coming.

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Postby Terry Forrest » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:47 pm


Some good photos there. I particularly like the ones with the big leaves, the long perspective one and the one after it with that little bit of reflection. The non-lighthouse ones are good, too.
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Postby Hersh » Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:37 pm


The forecast is calling for snow tomorrow. :cry: These are helping me to have warm thoughts!! Thanks Shirin, keep em coming.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:42 am


Excellent, excellent photos, Shirin!!! I hope you had a wonderful time. :D
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Postby Lighthouse Joe » Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:12 am


Ahhhh, Hawaii. I've got to go back there someday.

Great shots Shirin!
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Postby COTA » Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:48 pm


Great! Looking forward to seeing the rest!
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Postby thundermooch » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:16 pm


Heahea kauhale Shirin...

Thank you for taking us to a place where some may not be able to go.
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Postby boats » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:06 pm


Some of best Navy days were in Hawaii and I did visit all the lighthouses back then all the way out to Wake Island. There all in better shape now, back in the 1960s only a few got a paint job now and then. I was last there in 1988 on a civ-maned Navy ship running out of Pearl Harbor. So Shirin I hope you had a great time taking pictures and eating great food out there. :D "Boats"
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