On July 28th I took "theBus" over to Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve and decided to hike and explore the upper south side of Koko Head (not to be mistaken for Koko Crater), avoiding the throngs of tourists on the beach below and hoping to get some nice views. This was really my only leisurely hike on this trip. I was in for a treat ... the different hues of the blue waters of the bay and the Pacific were stunning, as were the geological formations of two craters I never knew existed (Nonoula and Ihiihilauakea). The terrain I treaded along here was crumbly rock for the most part, and exposed what seemed to be nature's potholes along ancient layered pahoehoe lava flows. The skies were clear that day, and I could see the islands of Molokai, Lanai, Maui and even as far as the Big Island. Above the bay to my left was Koko Crater, where I hiked up and along it's east rim last September. After looping around back up the hill I could see the backside of Diamond Head crater and Waikiki in the distance as well. The beginning and latter portion of the hike follows an old paved access road (apparently off-limits) that was featured at the intro to the Magnum P.I. series, passing two FAA communications installations and heads back down to the parking lot. If you've seen the movie "From Here to Eternity" you'll recognize the area here where the two radar attendants mistook a swarm of Japanese bombers on the screen for U.S. bombers expected from the mainland at about the same time.

I have been asked what the sign reads in the video ... it reads ... "Ancestral home of the 'Ihi 'Ihilauakea" (or Marsilia Villosa) fern, in its very distinct and fragile habitat.

Footage taken with the GoPro Hero HD head-mounted cam.

Edited with iMovie (approx. 5 min).

Music: "Roll with the Punches" by Peverelist (Chilled Deep Dubstep Podcast).

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