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. IMG_5190 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. DSC_2420 IMG_5207

And, because the light was so beautiful (and because I’m putting together a photo book for my dad of our adventures this summer), I even stood in front of the camera for a photo. DSC_2469

And what kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t look all around to see how the light looked on the rest of the island? See how it caresses the mountains behind us? IMG_5209

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!

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