Diamond Head is an iconic volcanic tuff cone that every person who visits Oahu climbs at least once. It’s known mostly for it’s views of downtown Honolulu, Koko Head, and the Windward mountains. Also, for those who are interested in old US World War II fortifications, Diamond Head still has many bunkers, tunnels, and even the very large fire control station at the summit. Please enjoy my exploration of Oahu’s iconic landmark.
Today, I ventured out to Makapu’u Point on the Hawaiian island of Oahu to checkout the lighthouse and beautiful coastal scenery. To my surprise, there was a lot more to this lighthouse hike then first meets the eye, if you are willing to go off the beaten path and (at times) risk life and limb for that perfect photo. Please enjoy my first look at the nature of Hawaii, the Makapu’u Point lighthouse, and the numerous pillboxes and war structures that were abandoned by the US military who had been preparing for an invasion by the Empire of Japan in WWII.
The second part of my exploration of Pearl Harbor, HI explores a US WWII submarine called the USS Bowfin, Japanese views on the war, actual attack ruins on Ford Island, aircraft hangers, and of course, the USS Arizona Memorial. This photo walk is one of my more extensive ones, so if you are on a slow connection, please give it extra time to load. Hope you all enjoy my final Pearl Harbor photowalk. Hopefully, I will be able to explore other areas of Hawaii shortly.
Even though I am still settling into my new Hawaiian duty station, I managed to get some time to explore a few of the World War II sites around the Pearl Harbor area. The first part of my exploration covers the last United States built battleship the USS Missouri (BB-63). It is most famous for being the site where the Japanese surrendered at the end of WWII and currently watches over the sunk USS Arizona. It was an interesting experience being at sites covering the beginning and end of WWII. Hope you enjoy the photo walk, I’ll try and keep it interesting with stories of my own time at sea as well.