BY FOOT [lanikai pillboxes + breakfast at moke’s]

Thursday, January 31, 2013


In the spirit of leveraging jet lag into as many sunrises viewings as possible, a pre-dawn hike up to the Ka’Iwa Ridge was on the agenda. The Lanikai Pillboxes hike is well known to be a fairly easy hike with fantastic views over Lanikai and the Mokulua islands (otherwise known as the Moks). Two military outlooks, World War II remnants called “Pillboxes,” are situated on the ridge line. The Pillboxes have been emptied out and hikers can go inside of them or sit on top of them and they are a great spot to take in the view.

Day 1 Sunset

We took a seat between the two Pillboxes and watched the sun come up over the horizon.


The view over the Moks is spectacular, but so is the view back over Kailua.


The pictures below show the view looking back towards the first Pillbox and over Kailua and  looking towards the second Pillbox and over Lanikai.



Even though we arrived before 7:00am, hikers had already positioned themselves all along the ridge line. This is one of my favorite things about people that live in Hawaii: they still show up to see the beauty.  It is sought out, appreciated and enjoyed even by those who experience it day after day. It continues to draw you in, to seek your acknowledgement.


Day after day the island delivers sights of unparalleled beauty. And day after day seekers are rewarded for their pursuit of its beauty.


The backdrop of this scene is the Koolau mountains. Should you find yourself hiking near sunset, this is where the sun will fall.Lanikai-Pillboxes-Hike-Mountains-WHATCH

After the hike we headed to Moke’s Bread and Breakfast in Kailua. The lilikoi pancakes were absolutely amazing. The pancake recipe has been handed down through four generations. Moke’s sources lilikoi from the Big Island to make the decadent cream sauce poured overtop. This is an absolute must have after a morning hike.



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