O'ahu - The Gathering Place
Confessions of... A Terrible Tourist
I really do love to travel. But I have a confession: I am not an adventurer. I am not a action woman (seriously, read my bio - I cannot ride a bike). What this means for my travel style is that I like to relax while on holidays. Sure, I will walk around a city for days, but I won't venture too far out of it. That beaten track? I like it. I stick with it. I beat it down some more for the next similarly wussy, Havianas-shod traveller.
I know, I know. I am a terrible tourist.
Around the time of my first trip to Hawaii around two years ago, I was working with a gal very into Hawaiian culture. She was a hula dancer, in fact, and recommended a trip to the Hawaiian Cultural Centre and kindly compiled a list of must do's in Honolulu. I got to know the Ala Moana shopping centre really well.
It was not on her to-do list.
Having said all that, I am making baby-step improvements, full of a conviction rooted in the belief that travelling is not to be taken for granted, and I really should try to make the most of my days away. Fresh off Hawaiian Airlines flight 451, I was determined to step away from the Waikikian sands, beautiful as the place is, and see just a little more of the beautiful island of Oahu.
One of my travel pals Action John (the greatest hero of them all!), suggested a hike to Makapuʻu Point, the easternmost point on the island of Oʻahu, and home to the Makapu'u Lighthouse. In my baby adventurer spirit, I agreed, on the basis that it was ranked a 'moderate' hike. We took the scenic, half hour drive east of Honolulu and spent an hour or so taking in the beautiful sights.