I had not been to Kauai in several years, so I decided that I should take the quick day trip over to the other island and visit some of the sites. I definitely wanted to see Waimea Canyon State Park again, as I remembered how beautiful it was the first time I saw it.
So it was up very early to catch a shuttle from downtown to the inter-island terminal at the airport. Here are a few shots from the plane as we left Oahu and headed toward Kauai. Unfortunately, I was on the wrong side of the plane for any shots of Kauai as we approached. These are of central and the leeward (west side) of Oahu.
This is a view of the Honolulu airport, with Pearl Harbor basin in the background. You can clearly see the west loch, middle loch and Pearl City as well as Ford Island.
This view is a little further west. The area center and to the left is Ewa. Up behind Pearl Harbor is Waipahu left and Pearl City to the right.
Closer view of the west loch, Waipahu behind and the area that once was the Barber’s Point Navy Air Station at the bottom
More of the old Naval Air Station and on to the Campbell Industrial Park area. This is the far south-west corner of the island of Oahu
This is a good view up the leeward side of the island. The bottom is the Industrial Park and just north of it is the new resort area where you will find the new Disney Aulani Resort and Spa. What a fantastic place. I have several images that will be in a later post. If you’re a DVC (Disney Vacation Club) member, you won’t want to miss that posting! We were so impressed (we have been DVC members since the second year they opened Old Key West in Florida) that we are currently in the process of purchasing some additional points for this as our home resort. This is also the Ko Olina resort and golf course area.
Going up the coast you see Nanakuli and over the hills is Waianae and Makaha. The very very distant tip is called Kaena Point. This is the area of the island where there are no roads, thus you can not drive completely around the island. From Honolulu you can go to the west all the way to this point… but to visit the North Shore and Sunset beach, you have to go all the way back and either over the mountains or around Diamond Head and Koko Crater to get there.