One thing that I have noticed is the most interesting parts of a sail are often the least documented. Normally it’s because you’re either hanging on white knuckled to the wheel, hanging on for dear life if you aren’t steering, or just getting wet. Taking pictures is about as far removed from your mind as getting up and walking around.
Today was definitely one of those days, I helped Ron take the lovely Ho’okahiko round from Kaneohe to Keehi for her haulout. I had sailed on Ho’okahiko with Ron to Tahiti in 2007 and life has never been the same since! You can find the blog to the 22 day trip here (http://hookahiko.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html).
The trades have been blowing the last few days, but the various weather reports we checked all showed the wind dying down to a pleasant 10 knots, fading into a mere whisper as the afternoon progressed. I even contemplated bringing a book! Needless to say, the moment we left Kaneohe bay, the winds picked up from 20 to 25 knots, much to our chagrin. “It’s not supposed to be like this!!” was the much repeated refrain as we slid up and down the six to eight foot waves. It kept blowing, past Mokumanu, (ok, it’s got to die down now) past the Mokes off Kailua (what, it’s still blowing?), past Rabbit island off Waimanalo (I lost my breakfast).
Things finally settled down as we rounded Makapu’u, we were now heading down the Molokai channel. The wind started backing off and suddenly the world warmed up and seemed much better (four-foot waves? mere ripples in the water!). I finally scrambled down below decks to grab the camera, though by that time, the lighthouse at Makapu’u had already rounded the corner. I’ve left these photos unedited, because blurry photos, wonky horizons and truncated scenic views are just part and parcel of taking photos on a bouncing boat.
Here is a photo of Koko Crater from the water. You can also hike this hill, and it is every bit as steep as it looks.
There is this cave that I’ve always wanted to explore (can you see it?) – but given how rough this side of the island is, it seems very unlikely. The geologic folds along the coastline always amaze me.
Of course, there is always the famous Diamond Head lighthouse and the Diamond Head buoy that you have to keep an eagle eye out for if you don’t want an argument with the reef. We have had copious amounts of rain lately, so here is a rare shot of Diamond Head sporting it’s finest greenery.
Once we rounded Diamond Head, our thoughts turned to our final destination, and we cruised down the Waikiki coastline, past Kewalo Basin, Honolulu Harbor into Keehi Lagoon. Needless to say, it was a welcome relief to be securely tied up to a dock again.