The Sun Also Rises…and Sets, Honolulu.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. People always complain about Waikiki being too touristy, too crowded, and too expensive. I have to ask myself, if it’s so terrible, why do people keep going back? Maybe Waikiki is just an introduction to Hawaii for the uninitiated, or a weekend shopping destination for Aussies and Japanese tourists looking to profit from a weak U.S. dollar, but Waikiki has an undeniable magnetism for other travelers too. That power lies in its spectacular sunsets. It’s the only place where I’ve seen the unicorn of solar curiosities, otherwise known as the green flash, and trust me I’ve scorched my eyeballs on many a sunset. Needless to say, I am very much aware of Waikiki’s awesome sunsets. What I didn’t know was how spectacular its sunrises could be. So last month during a weekend layover in Honolulu I decided it was time to investigate whether a sunrise from atop Diamond Head could compare to the loveliness of a sunset from Waikiki beach. It’s a tough call.
Now as for the sunset. This shot is taken from the Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant at the New Otani:
No green flash this time, but all the sailboats floating on the horizon more than made up for it.
Practical Info: For information on entering and hiking in the Diamond Head State Monument: www.hawaiistateparks.org
For rates and reservations at the lovely New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel: www.kaimana.com