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Waimanalo Beach Sunset | by Rex Maximilian
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Waimanalo Beach Sunset

This is a sunset view from Waimanalo Beach on the north-eastern side of the island looking east. Yes... "East." But it appears to have the look of the west at sunset due to the heavy levels of vog from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. The make up of the vog particles reflect the golden sunlight back at you for this "faux" sunset look. Although the vog can cause a lot of respiratory problems, as well as headaches, it does make for beautiful, signature, Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets!


In the distance is Manana Island. It is also referred to as Rabbit Island due to its resemblance of a rabbit's head when viewed from Makapu‘u Point, which is also in view (frame right) and is the extreme eastern tip of Oahu.


This is actually my favorite beach on Oahu as it is the turn around part of my bike ride (I live just around the Makapu‘u pass in Hawaii Kai). This beach is "always" sparsely populated and is a great place to just zone out and reflect!


If you are on this side of Oahu and journeying west on Kalaniana‘ole Highway after having rounded Makapu‘u and passed by Sea Life Park, turn right at the McDonald's before you get into the main part of Waimanalo town. You can park anywhere as there is always parking. Just keep the partying down as it is a chill neighborhood.


For best viewing, view on black screen.

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Taken on July 24, 2008