Day 23 – Route 93 & Farrington Highway

Day 23

Destination: Route 93 – Nanakuli through Waianae to Ka’ena Point

Focus: Scenic drive

Soundtrack for the drive: Chick mix – Liz Phair, Natasha Bedingfield, Adele, Carrie Underwood – if it’s sung by a girl I’m listening to it

Quote of the Day: I think a change would do you good ~ Sheryl Crow

I’m heading up the the leeward side of the island today for a scenic drive to the end of the road. The H-1 turns into the Farrington Highway and continues north through the small towns of Nanakuli, Maili and Makaha.

This is the dry side of the island which is evident from the desert feel of the landscape.

There’s no way to completely circumnavigate the island by car. At the south side of Kaena Point State Park (the westernmost tip) the road simply ends and you can only continue by foot. This picture was taken at the end of the road facing south, looking back at where we came from.

After exploring the point we turn around and head back to Waianae. It’s a tiny little town with one short strip of restaurants and gas stations, but it’s the biggest one on this coast so naturally there’s a Starbucks and a Jamba Juice.

My guidebook claims Maili Beach Park is the best place on the island to watch the sunset. I stopped at Tacos & More for some Mexican fare and I’m settling in at a picnic table to eat dinner as the sun starts to go down. This beach park is gorgeous and I’m surprised to find it so empty. The view from my seat is awesome.

After eating we take a stroll along the beach.

Then we sit down under this palm tree,







and watch the colors parade across the ocean as the sun sets on the Leeward Coast.

This is a lovely meditation.

I’m having another one of those moments when I can’t believe I actually live here.

So much to be thankful for.

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