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Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by Dirty Barber, Oct 18, 2008.
Honolulubimmer nailed it. Spot-on! Sixteen months and I’m paroled from Hawaii.
Lucky I live Kona. Don't like going back to Oahu if I don't need to. Still have ohana there though.
If my family didn't live on Oahu I wouldn't go there. Got a good friend on Maui, and I like the Kona area. You know what I miss the most? The food! well, the wahines too, but I gain over a pound a day when I visit. Plate lunch, lomi salmon, loco moco, sashimi, tako poke.... Malasadas! Manapua!
Ha, ha. Yeah, we pretty much go to Oahu to eat! So many more choices over there.
Thread is pretty dead. Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?
on Oahu visiting family.
We must all be out riding!
Beautiful weather. Beer, anybody?
Thanks. Got one.
So the “best” riding on Oahu that I’ve found seems to be the tantalus drive, goes though a bunch of switchbacks, twists and curves, decent scenery and some great views.
Anybody else got any rides they like on Oahu?
Up to the top of St. Louis Heights, then hike Waahila Ridge Trail.
Around Sandy Beach, past Makapuu and Sea Life Park, home over the Pali. Or keep going through Kaneohe, to Haleiwa and home through the pineapple fields. Slab from Wahiawa to HNL though.
I need to come to this thread more often, but on the subject of living in Hawaii, sorta:
Wife and I spent a week on Kauai over Christmas, staying with a family of four plus two grandparents in Poipu on the south end of the island. I've been to Kauai many times since 1960, but this time we got there in the peak season and it was crowded beyond my imagination. The days before we got there saw two drownings; the day we arrived a party of six went down with their helicopter. Well we oughta be okay, says one of the kids, this cluster of fatalities is surely over. He seemed to be right.
We booked a snorkel tour on the Na Pali coast and left Poipu in the early dark. Got just past Lihue and we got a call that the tour was cancelled. This was not completely unexpected since it's the middle of winter and that can mean huge north swells, but we turned around and went home to sleep.
Tried to go to Polihale Beach on the west side. The last six miles are gravel that I remember as dry and heavily washboarded. BUT NO! Recent heavy rains added mudbogs two feet deep and a hundred yards long to the lovely terrain. And the road has no shoulders on which to sneak by. We watched a couple trucks go through and a couple stop and turn back. We turned back.
Lesson learned... don't come to Hawaii during the high/rainy season (Christmas through New Year). Better to come August through October, with a preference for drier August. Condo rates are lower and the crowds less intense. The crowds and cars during our visit made Oahu, which has 953,000 peeps vs 72,000 on Kauai, somehow look more attractive.
Surely this condition replicates on Maui, and it makes me miss my early days living in Piihonua. Howzit to any and all still living there.
Sounds familiar. The last time we tried to get to Polihale, we were turned back by the mud. Guess we'll have to try again during the dry season.
(Kona has been pretty wet lately. More than I remember.)
That's why the Good Lord gave us the Rental Car! Chance 'em Brah!
Fo reels. But never like fo call da tow truck
Take your stuff out, throw a match on it, find a pay phone (say what?) and report it stolen, nuff said...
My good friend and neighbor (we lived on the same road) from Waimanalo and his family moved to Kauai in the late '70's, he'd come to Oahu in the Winter to surf Country and I would go there in the Summers to get away from the South Shore Rat Race. We'd surf, ride dirt bikes, pound our beater cars on the cane roads, and generally raise hell, back then I think it was about $90.00 to ship a car interisland and if you returned within 45 days it would be $120.00 for a Round Trip, 3-4 guys would get together ship a car and go for month long plus, act irresponsible and get into trouble Festival.
Oh the Kauai memories, always my favorite island, just couldn't afford to buy a house or find a job there so settled for the Big Island instead when I left the Army, alas, now I am working in Bulgaria and the family relocated to Michigan last Summer...
Take care Hawai'i Boyz.
Been a long time since I was out there, but I found the best ride was Kolekole rd up through the pass. You needed mil id to get to it and you had to obey the speed limits, but it was a fantastic road to ride.
Hah, Tantalus... lived in Manoa and rode it many times. Fast. we used to ride to the top and then ride down with the bikes off. No motor, no headlights. Saw a lot of pigs.
Everyone fairing well with the covid?
I've been lucky enough to work from home for the last couple months. Noticing a serious uptick in motorcycle riders and some neat adv looking bikes going past my cottage on Kaumana regularly - one couple a KTM and if I'm not mistaken a DR650 that regularly pass by always seem adventure bound. Lots of bikes really including regular pass bys from a serious looking group of dual sporters that are making me pine for another DR.
With the work from home thing we haven't been out riding much. Just no need to leave the house that often. Lots of gardening though. :)
Did take a nice two-up tour and beach ride a couple weeks ago on sections of the old Mamalahoa Hwy and up the Hamakua coast. Stopped for a swim on the way back into town at Keaukaha.
Swimming in the pools was actually a little odd. Not bad mind you, just different. Spent the entire time focused not on the Honu foraging on algae next to us but on the people in the water around us and avoiding close contact.
I have to say, I'm not so fond of the new normal.
Last weekend spent a night camped on the side of the road in the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve counting shooting stars as the meteor shower peaked. Brilliant but damn cold - high 30s, so in the bus not on the bike.
Haven't been up Mana Road since it opened again. Craving some dirt. Maybe soon.
Anyone else able to enjoy the most amazing weather that we've been having?
I took a ride through Piihonua while riding 'the long way home from the store' last week. Always an enjoyable side trip when using Akolea as the upper cross street.
I've actually become fascinated with Piihonua history, sparked in part by the great curation efforts at the plantation museum.
I’m on Oahu, and we are seeing more motorcycles out, as compared to the last two months. The weather has been spectacular for sure.