Exploring Hawai'i, O'ahu

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Redoubt, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Redoubt

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    That's right, I have all my snorkeling gear ready to go in a bag. As soon as I exit my vehicle/bike I go straight to the water.

    Another reason why I love Magnum P.I.s Robin's Nest. It's quite private and there is a place to hang up my bag. I've been snorkeling around the tidal pool rocks. There are thousands of tropical fish around the rocks of the tidal pool. I want to get padi verified and scuba.

    In the first picture below what is that in the tree?

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    The tree in the first picture is called Hala or Lauhala in Hawaiian. Us haoles call it Screwpine or Pandanus and there may be other common names I can't think of just now.

    Second photo contains several coconuts or Niu trees, Cocos nucifera to the biologists amongst us.

    Tourists are told that the hala tree is a pineapple tree... didn't you know pineapples grow on trees? Where did you think they came from? (j/k)

    The dried hala leaves are stripped of the zillion nasty thorns on the edges, then trimmed into strips of equal width, and woven into mats (wide strips) or hats (narrow strips). Each "key" from the fruit in aggregate is supposed to be edible when ripe and reddish, but I wouldn't if I were me, so I don't.

    There is a rare variant of hala whose dried leaves are reddish. Locations of such trees are closely guarded secrets.

    It's not a good tree in your yard for several reasons: the leaf edges are thorny; they make a lot of rubbish; they have a lot of adventitious roots that make it messy and a great place for rats to live. Yes we have rats, two and four legs.

    Thus endeth the lesson!
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    One more thing... post 184 referenced the interisland ferry or Superferry as it was known. It lasted only a few months and I didn't get to ride. It was challenged in court and the judge decided that proper environmental permitting procedures had not been followed. The decision effectively doomed the ferry and the US Maritime Administration was left holding the bag, er, owning the one operating ferry ship and another that was being built. They were both subsequently auctioned off. I don't recall what the winning bid was, who the current owner is, or to what use they have been put. Just after ferry service ceased, I worked for the State Harbors Division as an engineer. Several of my superiors had a hand in the ferry bizness but would not speak of it.

    While the ferry operated, local activists prevented it from docking on Molokai and Kauai by swimming or paddling out into harm's way; the ferry operator declined to drive through them, and that was that.

    There were numerous stories circulated about what terrible harm the ferry was or would bring to the outer islands. A small fraction were at least partially true. The ferry did benefit the general population of Oahu to a far greater extent than the outer island populations, simply because Oahu is where most of us are.

    There was an interisland passenger hydrofoil ferry some decades ago. That operation used first generation boats built by Boeing (if memory serves) and they had a lot of downtime. Eventually they sold out and the watercraft went to Hong Kong. It's really tough to operate surface craft inter-island where open ocean swells can reach 30 feet. I've been out on such days in my uncle's 27-footer and as long as it's not really windy/choppy, it's pretty impressive stuff, but we were traveling at less than 15 knots. The hydrofoil tried to do 50 knots, the Superferry 30-40 IIRC.
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    That is such a shame for the Hawaiians, if you lived on Moloki you could drive on the ferry go to Maui shop Walmart or Costco and drive your groceries back home, somehow 21 ferries operate in the Puget Sound without destroying the environment
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    It's a shame for everyone involved, though for different reasons. Farmers and small operators on the outer islands have to revert to the (only) interisland barge service, or air transport. Visitors and residents alike lost easy access and had to use the (only) interisland airline.

    Rental car companies, I would think, would be renting fewer cars though they would accrue more mileage per car. Surely the rental rates would adjust.

    My short take on the situation: I won't go into the politics other than to say the "Hawaiians", most of whom do not have a majority blood quantum qualifying them as such, and been sold on the idea that they are disenfranchised in various ways and that "their" land was stolen from them. "They" are greatly divided as to how to go forward and there is no unifying concept nor leader to bring them out of the current factionalization and distrust. So "they" resort, like frustrated children, to saying "NO" to any new idea that comes along.

    Off the podium, off the mike, let's talk about bikes and where we ride them except to note that the name of the island you reference is spelled "Molokai".
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  6. LewisNClark

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    I was stationed at Ft Shafter (1970) on Oahu for 2 years and we used to have sport car races very near Pearl Harbor. Can not remember the runway but I’m pretty sure it is still there. Japanese bombed the air strip and left little craters all over the runway....over the years bushes grew out of the little runway craters and we used it for a local Sports car club to have Sunday races between and around the bushes. Track was about 1/2 mile long. The Navy “owned” the Inactive runway but allowed GI’s to use it on Sunday afternoons. The runway was called 1 or 2 initials, something like “E” or “EW”. One of my fellow GI’s and I looked up the runway on Google a few years ago. My car an Austin Healey 3000 is pictured under my below smugmug link under “Other”, fun days.
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    The only "runway" used for motorsport activities that I can remember was an abandoned part of Barbers Point Naval Air Station, a few miles west of Pearl Harbor. The pavement was constructed using crushed coral aggregate and it was VERY abrasive and ate tires quickly. A LONG time ago, I think there was racing on Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor, but I never went there cuz not military.

    I recall seeing the local kart club racing there, and SCCA hosting a gymkhana or several there. We had a drag strip which combined with a handling course on the return road, and there was a skid pad, but that was all demolished years ago when the landowner developed other plans.

    Since then, autocross is (was?) conducted at the Aloha Stadium parking lot.

    The thing is that with land values on Oahu being so high, and in short supply, no one builds the grand expansive parking lots that are readily found in the mainland.
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    You’re right the one I’m referring to was on Ford Island. I will try to find it on Google Maps.

    Barbers Point - the Navy in 1970’s allowed any military GI to hitchhike a ride on a cargo flight back to the mainland, or really anywhere, but most freight flights were headed from Barbers Point to Oakland Airbase in Calif. I caught a flight at Barbers Point, Oakland, Pensacola, Florida then hitchhiked via thumb to Dalton, Ga where I grew up. Boarded the flight in Barbers Point and I was the only passenger, except for 28 caskets from Viet Nam headed back to their families. Each covered in American Flags...very touching 13 hour flight.
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    Found it - EWA airstrip. I think it was beside or on Ford Island. At the time, 1970 - 1971 to use the runway and get on the base you had to have a security clearance. From Googling “EWA airstrip” it looks like it has now been converted into a residential subdivision. It was not until 1990’s that the landscape was cleaned up and sold to a developer for homes. From the Google history, Japan bombed the airstrip to keep US planes from being able to get airborne...and the landing strip was never repaired for aircraft again....From inside the red square the air strip is at 8:00 to 12:00 o’clock. From this very old black and white photo “blown-up” you can see the row of bushes on the runway.

    Interesting - EWA Marine airfield was the first placed bombed during the Pearl Harbor attack. It was bombed first so all 48 aircraft parked there were destroyed and could not get airborne for a counter attack against the Japanese planes due to the damaged tarmac, but all the aircraft were parked so close they all caught on fire, one after another.

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    I used to roadrace out at Hawaii Raceway Park in the early to mid 1980s. The track was pretty beatup at first but SCCA started racing cars there for a while and did some track improvements. There was a road course, a drag strip and a dirt track. Long gone now. But some good memories remain.

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    Some Navy GI’s bought some axes and paint rollers and cleared the bushes and used the rollers and cheap white paint to layout a course on the air strip between bushes. We all had clunkers sport cars and no/little risk of flipping on an airstrip but a few ran over a few bushes. It was a blast to run the course...one car at a time against a stopwatch. (My Austin Healey 3000 under my Smugmug link below..under “Other” category.)

    Lived there only 2 years but Hawaii had so many adventures available. Girlfriend, now wife worked for an AMC car dealership in Waikiki that at the time held the record speed for a stock car...dragster...wife and I both rode in it and was probably at the same drag strip you mentioned.

    I dont blame the locals for trying to protect what they have....especially keeping all the other Islands like they are without expansion and commercializing them, like Oahu has been...
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    That's right. The SCCA Solo (autocross) raced at the Aloha stadium. I began going there for a few months before the pandemic. The parking lot has since been filled with rental cars. IMG_20190818_113413.jpg IMG_20190915_161917.jpg IMG_20190818_115638.jpg IMG_20200523_134806.jpg
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    That is called Space A.

    Any service member can still fly for free to and from any AMC terminal. Hickham being one of them. The downside is flights are unpredictable on the amount of seats they have available as it goes off a priority list. If you have x number of days booked on leave you cannot risk going over because a Space A flight doesn't have seats or decides it's not going to fly that day. It's really only beneficial to spouses or retired military.
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    When you have $30-50 to your name in the military a free seat is a free seat. The Navy let me know about 2 weeks before if seats were available...This was a C-141 cargo plane...had 15-20 canvas seats attached to the fuselage the rest of the Space were caskets. Inside looks like a basketball gym. Can’t beat free flights.
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    Not much to update since everywhere is shut. I spent most of my free time snorkeling. Last weekend I swam around sharks cove. The fish there are incredible. I'll try my GoPro next time. I've seen a few sea turtles around Waimanalo beach.

    The Strom is basically finished in terms of accessories. I did sell the yoshimura exhaust as I felt it was a fair amount of money that didn't really have much sound difference. But then again I didn't run it without the db killer. I've been selling a lot of things I do not need as I am trying to pay off my mortgage on the mainland as fast as possible.
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    View from the Pali Gap.

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    We are getting a lot of Lilikoi this year.

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    I'm surprised by the amount of Vanagons there are here. You'd think the salt air would rot them to the ground. IMG_20200902_180133.jpg


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    I'd love to get on this island, I believe Hawaiian Royalty used to live on there.

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