Kaneohe from the Pali Lookout
One thing we learned about the Hawaiian Islands when we lived there in the last 1970's was that each island has a leeward and a windward side. The windward side is more humid and sometimes windier but it is also where one finds lush green growth year round as well as tropical forests that can be seen from this lookout on the Pali Highway. We were staying about 10 miles to the right of this photo--in Waimanalo.
The Ko'olau mountains from our waimanalo front porch
When we lived in Hawaii we lived on the leeward side as that just happened to be where we found a house to rent. It was interesting to see and feel the difference. The difference was more than the climate. It was also that Waimanalo was more of a small town with fewer tourists and more people who greeted each other by name in Mel's Market where "our" neighborshop shopped for staples and quick meals.
Waimanalo Beach at 8:00 a.m--almost deserted.
When we lived here, I never visited this beach. It was a well-kept secret from tourists and short-term residents--and for good reason--as it is absolutely gorgeous and nearly private. It is kid-friendly and boasts spectacular sunrises. Unfortunately we, being on vacation time, never woke early enough to see one.
The houses here are more modest but equally well-kept and funtional. I came away with a great love for "Nalo."