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looking leeward | by [Adam Baker]
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looking leeward

Sunset along the Waianae Range from Kaena Point State Park, Oahu, Hawaii.


Definitely one of my favorite images from Hawaii. My father and I set out from Mokuleia to hike out to the western most point of Oahu, Kaena Point. The rugged lava shoreline is unlike anything else I saw in Hawaii. The Waianae Range crumbles dramatically into the Pacific forming a sharp point and definitive end to the island. It felt like this was the end of the earth. The small amount of shoreline is home to a natural area reserve which serves as breeding ground for thousands of seabirds and the occasional Monk seal. After exploring a bit I chose this spot looking back towards the leeward Waianae coast to setup. I really liked the wave motion in the cove and the clouds looked as if they would catch some nice light. As soon as the sun dipped below the horizon we packed up and hiked the muddy two miles back out to our car. Much to my little brother's dismay, we arrived back home an hour late of dinner...he'll get over it.

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Taken on March 8, 2011