The second week of our honeymoon in Hawaii was packed with rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking. We hiked up a mountain to climb at Mokule'ia, kayaked to Moku Nui, hiked the Kaena Point coastal trail, bouldered at Waimea Bay, and hiked the lighthouse trail at Makapu'u Point to rock climb on cliffs hundreds of feet above the ocean.
But first, a timelapse of our culinary obsession while on Oahu: conveyor belt sushi! (We ate at four different places, no joke.)
The drive north to Kuaokala on Farrington Highway is lined with trees, ranches, and pineapple farms.
Climbing at Mokule'ia means hiking to the top of a mountain first!
The view from the top is breathtaking.
Mokule'ia has its own system of raising the toprope from below, so that you don't have to lead the route first. Send it, Jon!
Kayaking out to the Mokes (Mokulua Islands).
The beach on Moku Nui is gorgeous!
Moku Nui is a nature preserve, so the tiny island is home only to 'Iwa and Sooty Terns--no humans.
Fresh tako (octopus) right off the conveyor!
Sunset over Ka'ula Bay.
Bouldering at Waimea Bay! I was more engrossed with the pristine beach right next to the boulders...
Kaena Point Trail
Samoan fire dancing at Fia Fia!
Pandanus tectorius! The name sounds like 'panda anus,' but it's actually a pretty cool tree. Click the photo to read more about it.
We stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina, far from the noise and crowds of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. It was lovely!
Did you know you can grow orchids on trees?
I was obsessed with papaya while in Hawaii. Yummm.
Hiking to Lulumahu Falls. We saw an abandoned reservoir, a waterfall, and a bamboo forest!
We only went to Waikiki once, and that was too many times.
Rock climbing at Makapu'u Point. It's a long way down!
Bye bye for now, Hawaii!