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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.

Looking back on Honolulu from atop Diamond Head just before sunrise.

Tourists lined up like a Dragon on the Diamond Head ridge, waiting for the sunrise

Sunrise, Diamond Head

Sunrise, Diamond Head

Now as for the sunset. This shot is taken from the Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant at the New Otani:

Sunset in front of the New Otani Hotel, Waikiki

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:

For rates and reservations at the lovely New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel:

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. i love the sun! great shots! i wanna visit Hawaii soon!

    March 5, 2012
  2. Lovely photos, as always!

    March 5, 2012
  3. Hello, and please forgive me! I published the Sunshine Award post, and then went off to lunch and forgot to notify my awardees. You bring sunshine into my life all the time. Congrats, and yay you! Best, Judith

    March 5, 2012
  4. Patrick M Ashley #

    Brings back great memories of doing the same thing several years ago. Thanks for the great photos.

    March 7, 2012
  5. LOVELY PICS:) I really like your blog…so much nice inspiration everywhere. I wish you a great and sunny week:)

    LOVE Maria at

    March 18, 2012
    • Sophie #

      Thank you for stopping by! I love to see swedish visitors on my site! Tack så mycket!

      March 22, 2012

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