Well, yesterday was a very early day for us. I woke up at 3:45, and we were out the door by 4:20 to head out to Kaiwa Ridge in Kailua, on the eastern side of the island. Our destination was the popular “Pillbox” trail, which has apparently been enjoyed by President Obama and his family. I don’t have photos from the beginning of the trail in the dark, because, well, it was dark. Sunrise wasn’t until 5:50. The first ridge was the toughest. Not a lot to hold onto, and a very steep incline. But we made it past that into the first open area, where the day’s first light before the sun helped illuminate our path the rest of the way. You can see the pillbox (World War II bunker) just at the top of the ridge. We got to the top and climbed onto the pillbox, where we settled in to enjoy the view. I even set up my tripod for some long-ish exposure shots.
So that was our first sunrise hike. There’s a second pillbox on a higher ridge that we’ll do some other day. We’ll have to leave even earlier for it, but I’m sure it will be worth it.
Until next time, mahalo!