iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #3
WALKED ON AUGUST 17 & 18, 2010
On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) flew into Honolulu, Hawaii from Phoenix, Arizona and walked for 5 hours in the Waikiki Beach area.
The next day, Wednesday, August 18, 2010, I walked for another 2 hours in the Waikiki Beach area and then walked for 3 hours and 15 minutes in the Honolulu area rainforest.
After the rainforest hike, I immediately headed back to the Honolulu airport and returned to Phoenix, Arizona around midnight.
All flights went well and were on time. The schedule was a little hectic as during a 42 hour period I:
- Spent 12 hours on airplanes,
- Spent 4 hours in airports,
- Spent 4 hours driving too and from airports, and
- Walked 10 hours.
The entire first day and the start of the second day was spent in the Waikiki Beach area. After that, I was able to spend time in the rainforest. Next time in Hawaii, I will probably spend time on the other islands, or at least I will spend a lot less time in the Waikiki Beach area and more in the rainforests.
I took tons of pictures, but managed to sort them out to 120 great photos (see below).
Here is a 5 minute video highlighting some of my activities in Hawaii:
As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to
by clicking the button right below these words.
The weather was just about perfect. It drizzled several times throughout the day, but no hard rain. Most of the time it was around 80 degrees.
My flight home to Phoenix was uneventful, but a little bit long.
When I got home, I took a shower, ate dinner and then slept for only 4 hours as I have appointments this morning. Plus I have to get ready for Phase 3 of the tour which starts tomorrow. . .
Here are pictures from the walks. Some of these are incredible.
DOUBLE CLICK ON THE IMAGE THUMBNAILS TO VIEW FULL SIZE PICTURES
Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Hawaii:
- 1) Hawaiʻi is the newest of the 50 U.S. states (August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands.
- 2) Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel.
- 3) The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight “main islands” are (from the northwest to southeast) Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The last is by far the largest and is often called “The Big Island” to avoid confusion with the state as a whole. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.
- 4) All the Hawaiian islands were formed from volcanic activity initiated at an undersea magma source called a hotspot. As the tectonic plate beneath much of the Pacific Ocean moves to the northwest, the hot spot remains stationary, slowly creating new volcanoes. Due to the hotspot’s location, the only active volcanoes are located around the southern half of the Big Island. The newest volcano, Lōʻihi Seamount, is located south of the Big Island’s coast.
- 5) Because the islands are so far from other land habitats, life before human activity is said to have arrived by the “3 W’s”: wind (carried through the air), waves (brought by ocean currents), and wings (birds, insects, and whatever they brought with them). This isolation, and the wide range of environments (extreme altitude, tropical climate) produced a vast array of endemic flora and fauna. Hawaii has more endangered species and has lost a higher percentage of its endemic species than any other U.S. state
Next stop, Albuquerque, New Mexico.