WHEN you are visiting Honolulu, Hawaii briefly and the skies welcome you with torrential rains, don’t despair. Rain is not a hindrance to enjoy a scenic albeit wet drive around the best parts of Honolulu and count on leaving the island with hundreds of photos captured during a rainy drive.
I was all set to shoot some aerials with my friend Doc Nathan who is also a pilot a few months back during a quick stopover from Denver.
The plane started to descent from 38,000 feet and the weather was perfectly good. Alas, when we reached 8,000 feet I could not see a thing but dark clouds and fat raindrops started hitting the window panes. I learned a storm has just passed the island and visibility was impossible.
We didn’t have the luck flying the next day too as it was still raining so we decided to make the most of it and have a sneak peek of Honolulu, rain or not.
Driving along Honolulu’s highways is a wonder by itself. The huge mountains shrouded by thick fluffy clouds in the early morning mist and the and scenic roads zigzagging around and through the mountains add a mystic feel to the adventure.
Rivulets of water streamed down from the mountaintops forming mini-waterfalls and adding to the beauty of it all.
We drove through the Nuuanu Pali Drive while traveling up the Pali Hwy. toward the lookout—a very beautiful, 2-mile tropical rain forest drive through dense jungles it makes you feel like you’re in an enchanted forest.
Must-not-miss sites include the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout which looked unreal in the mist, located 1,186 feet up overlooking Oahu, and the scenic Makapu’u Lookout, Hanauma Bay, and the list are endless.
All I had was a few hours’ quick drive-throughs of the island. I haven’t scratched the surface and there is so much more to do and see around the islands that you won’t run out of things to do even if you stay there for good. Nature lovers, you have the best options of cruising around the island, hiking or walking, explore waterfalls, beaches, and coastlines, see botanical gardens, and more. The islands also house rich historical treasures and locations, and if you’re up for shopping and nightlife, you got it all.
Don’t be scared of rain. Next thing you know, you’ll be photographing the most spectacular landscapes that only Honolulu can offer. And oh, pack beachwear, flip-flops, and sunscreen because you’re going to need it. Of course, it doesn’t rain every day.