Fresh from a roasting at the beach yesterday, we considered taking it easy on a guided tour would be a good idea. We took E Noa’s “Deluxe Little Circle Island Tour”, incorporating:
- Slopes of Diamond Head
- Hanauma Bay
- Halona “Blow Hole” Lookout
- The beach from “From Here to Eternity”
- Sandy Beach
- Nu’uanu Pali Lookout & Valley
Though we had attempted Diamond Head earlier in the week and spent the previous day at Hanauma Bay, this still left more than enough sights to keep us happy for the afternoon. Our bus collects us at 2pm sharp and off we go, taking in the scenic route out past Diamond Head through to Hanauma Bay.
Our tour guide is something of a character, to say the least; detailed histories of the sights, the islands and people of the islands combine with some unexpected one-liners:
Together, everyone…Koko Head is Kohe-lepe-lepe.
Everyone, the ancient Hawaiian parcel service – U-HA-UL!
Even though the final stop, Pali Lookout (described by Mark Twain as the most beautiful view in the world), has a cloud sitting on top of it, we’ve seen plenty: a working blowhole, the beach in “From Here to Eternity” and a volcanic and coral beach.
We’ve also seen some other totally random things pointed out by our tourguide, most notably local election candidates perched at the side of the freeway waving to passing motorists. A local tradition without which, apparently, election is but a dream, rain or shine. There’s the current mayor…there’s a descendant of the Hawaiian royal family!