Exploring Hawai'i, O'ahu

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

  1. Redoubt

    Redoubt Been here awhile

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    It would have been awesome to have watched it live as opposed to streaming it off YouTube.

    Thank you, Oahu is definitely worth a visit, the main downside is everything is overpriced.
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  2. Redoubt

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    Last night on the way home I stopped by the Kualoa Ranch for a quick picture.
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    Yes, great pictures!!! How great is the NW point (Ka'ena)? One of my favorite areas on the island, you can fish & camp days or nights out there it seems, plenty of space to spread out and get away from the groups. It is interesting how you have to pass through the fencing chambers that keeps invasive species out of the area, a bit strange when you close the first door hoping the second opens (like a human sized mouse trap)...that is a place you can really get way from the crowds...good on you for going. If you are on that coast don't forget the MX track near V-Land, would be cool to bet some MX shots with amazing natural background...A bit off topic but for hikes..have you been to Waimano Falls yet?
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  4. Redoubt

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    It's a nice place, not many people and that's one major problem with Oahu is that it's extremely overpopulated.

    Where is there a MX track ? No I haven't been to Waimanalo falls yet.
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    MX track is near Vezlyland (surf spot) basically near Turtle Bay resort but west of it, near the agg area. https://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/hawaii_04362/map_45b5.htm Waimanalo Falls is nice because it is a lesser know hike with what everyone on the island is looking for...LESS PEOPLE AROUND as compared to other waterfall hikes like Monoa (which is a really nice water fall just a bit too crowded of a trail). Man, I really need to book a trip out there soon, maybe late season...March is nice on the N. Shore, the pros have usually left by then.
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    Thanks for posting up all the pics, especially the Masters estate. We were there several years ago and that was a highlight for me. 4A0AE829-EBC5-4BEA-87C2-BD4DE4FF82F3.jpeg
    Waikiki beach from our hotel’s balcony 38 floors up.
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  7. SenorCollin

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    Was recently treated to a Hawaii trip with my girlfriend's family, did the whole resort thing in a big tower in Waikiki for half the trip and at Disney Aulani for the kids. Coming from a beach city/tourist trap myself, a lot of it was cringy, but the tastes I got of what Hawaii really has to offer has me dying to go back (without children) and do a North Shore camping trip. Seeing this thread is really amplifying those feelings.

    For your explorations, I have only a little to offer but I enjoyed my time at these places:
    Near Aulani there are some great beaches, but according to a bartender I talked to the locals can get pretty territorial. He's been in the water almost daily for like 2 years now and they can still be weird with him and tell him to GTFO. On that note, he was at a cool little restaurant called Monkeypod in the strip mall by Ko Olina. Good happy hour there, makes things pretty close to reasonably priced and I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself in that area.

    The Kalihi Ice Ponds were the coolest thing I got to experience on my trip. You can access it by driving through the Kalihi neighborhood to where it dead ends into the path, then follow it and explore off to the side of the trail for the good stuff. Some people also park off the side of the highway and cut through the trees to the path for a shorter trip because parking can be tight in the neighborhood and it's a longer walk, but that shouldn't be a problem for you. For bike security I'd definitely prefer the neighborhood over the highway.
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    Glad to see you made it to Ka'ena Point! I hope the albatros were nesting, that is a super cool thing to experience. These huge birds will fly up within a few feet of you to inspect you.

    I got to see some exclusive places on the island that only military personnel have access to. My wife's cousin married a career navy guy. He took us up to the base on the center of the island, he worked in the same building that Eric Snowden worked when he spilled the beans. Also they lived in Ewa beach right on the water. The view from there of Pearl harbor must have been incredible on December 7, 1941. It's easy to imagine what it looked like sitting on the beach there. You see the entire harbor. it's all base housing now. Glad you're taking advantage of your time on the island.
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  9. Redoubt

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    I've been pretty busy so there's not been an update in a while. The temps are still in the 90s although there has been a fair amount of rain. I guess winter isn't coming.
    I'll take a hike to Waimanalo falls when it's been dry for a few days straight due to the clay. Past few days it has been raining a lot. The rain has already badly stained my Givi Trekker outback cases.
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    I've been to Waikiki all too often lately. I know the area like the back of my hand now.
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    Yes that matches up with what most people say although I've not had that trouble yet. I rarely go to the West side. I understand when you look at the island from above it looks small in comparison to the mainland, but once you have been here for a while it seems like a long distance to travel, especially with the traffic.

    The locals tell me the Waimanalo area is the East sides version of Waianae which makes sense with the run down houses and tent cities. Which is a shame because it is beautiful.

    I'm going to check out the Kalihi Ice Ponds. On maps it says it's permanently closed. I'll be back on that one.
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    Early morning run and swim.
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    Glad you haven't run into trouble.

    On the ice ponds front, I forgot to mention that tidbit about them being closed. They are, but that doesn't stop anyone who knows the area from going- just the yelpers and "models" in search of instafame. There is a pretty clear path to the right of the locked gate that goes around it. From what I talked to the other people that were down there (residents who said it was an odd occurrence to run into others), it seems like it was closed after the road fell into disrepair after some storms. Looking at the photos, you can see the low hanging wires and there are areas where part of the road has been undercut by flash floods and collapsed. Having it closed probably absolves the city/state/whatever of liability if you get hurt back there.

    It's up to you how to proceed with that information, but seemed like pretty low risk factor and was pretty rewarding for me. I was about as touristy looking as you could get in our rental minivan, and I didn't come back to my tires slashed or anything stupid like that.
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    Honolulu by night.
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    Replaced the PCX Shad top case rack with a universal Givi M9A monokey so I could use my Outback Trekker case on the scooter.

    I didn't notice any extra drag from the strong winds today. It will be truly tested going up the H3 Eastbound mountain. It does not look to overly big for the PCX.

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    Not much going on recently in the way of leisure. I'm working 2 jobs to pay my 27 years of a 30 year mortgage, in less than 2 years. I'll try to get out this weekend and take advantage of the island.

    Installed Kriega Fork Seal Protectors on the Vstrom. I noticed the speedometer is 5mph too high, a fix will be coming for that. I'm pretty sure all 2014+ Vstrom 1000s are the same.

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    Watched the NYE fireworks over K-bay from the H3 scenic overlook. This picture looks like it was taken from Close Encounters of a third kind.

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    All was quiet on a new years day.

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    New Years Eve in Palolo looked like a war zone when we were there. Couldn't see from our house to the other side of the valley. Good fun though!

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    My 06 is about 5 to 6 mph happy too.
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    It's been raining non stop for what seems like a month. I've barely been doing any riding so zero motorcycle content. Down the road from me is the Byodo-In Temple. It was built in 1968 to commemorate 100 years since the first Japanese immigrants.

    You can feel the energy here, a very similar earthly feeling to Crestone, Colorado.

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    I went to the end of the Manoa Valley to hike Manoa falls. 4 inches of deep mud all the way up the entire trail.

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    I install some Rivco anti vibration highway pegs and mounting clamps. They are a little bit too high on the Givi crash bars but I couldn't get them any lower without bringing them rearwards which would be pretty uncomfortable.

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    Oahu is really limited for off road exploring but I'll take what I can get.

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    Sunset comes early.

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