This is the last blog about Hawaii until my next trip back there. In this post, I want to touch on some of the memorable places I visited, starting with the Byoda-In Temple. The Byoda-In Temple was breathtaking and peaceful. The grounds of the temple are well-kept and reminded me of a fairytale. Then I touch on the hike to Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Trail and a few other spectacular places on the island. While this blog is about writing creative pieces discribing my adventures, words cannot do these places justice! Hawaii is beautiful, and it may take twenty more blogs to display all the images I captures while visiting. Words are wasted on this topic; just one look at the pictures, and you will understand.
Byoda-In Temple (Valley of the Temples Memorial Park)
The Byoda-In Temple was established in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese who immigrated to Hawaii. The Byoda-In Temple is a replica of the 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple Uji, Japan. The temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple and welcomes people from any faith. The temple’s gardens are often used for weddings and host thousands of visitors each year.
The Byoda-In Temple is an exceptionally beautiful and peaceful location and has repeatedly won prizes for the best or most beautiful temple. In this same area, you can find a chapel and a beautiful cemetery.
Hiking to the Pillbox (Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Pillbox)
There is no shortage of trails on this island, shortly after visiting the Byoda-In Temple we took a short hike to see a view from an old military war bunker. Many military bunkers were built to defend the island and to keep a watch out for the enemies. On many hillsides of Hawaii, you can find lots of old bunkers with abandoned gun turret. From these bunkers you get the most spectacular views of the land and coastal area. It’s absolutely breathtaking and memorable, and while the hike might seem rough the price at the end of it is worth it.
The Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Trail is about 2.3 mile located near Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii that features an awesome view, beautiful flowers and plants. It is a moderately difficult trail only because of the incline and the tendency for hikers to slide or fall while going up or down the hill. For me it was a killer as I was out of breath and hating every moment of walking up hill, but the view was the price.
Pu’u Ma’eli’eli trail is also called the Kaneohe Pillbox or Digging Hill is an easy hike which can take about 1-2 hours. You can see Kaneohe Bay and the windward mountains from the top. You can also see the Marine base and while on the bunkers you can go down into the it and see tons of creative graphite.
Green World Coffee Farm
While in Hawaii, I got to visit the Green World Coffee Farm, which is a small but famous farm on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The farm cultivated over 3,000 arabica coffee trees and services up a full man of items that can be purchased at the espresso bar. While I am not a coffee drinker, I still wanted to visit the farm and see the coffee trees for myself.
During my short stay in Hawaii, I stayed in the Lanika area. This area is very pleasant, but that can easily be disturbed by the number of tourists making a beeline to the beach. This area is exceedingly popular with the upper-class and is obvious from the beautiful homes built in this tiny area.
One morning while walking the dogs with my friend she took me to a private home that was once frequented by the Obamas during the time of his presidency. That fact says a lot about how ritzy the area is, but the beach is the true highlight here.
This is the end of the my short Hawaii trip, stay tune for a suprise trip I planned to Mannhiem Germany.