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Monday, March 20, 2017

15 CRAIGSIDE GOES TO WAIALUA AND KAENA POINT

Today is the first day of Spring.  Unless you want to skydive, pilot a glider or go to, surely, the most beautiful beach on Oahu, a trip to Waialua and Kaena Point is something you only rarely do.  Mostly photography club members joined our mentor, Scott, of the Honolulu Museum of Art, on a photo tour of north Oahu.  Approaching the town of Waialua, we passed a bank of wind energy conversion devices.  Below, you should be able to count at least 8 egrets:


Our first stop was to the Waialua Old Sugar Mill, here, the remaining boiler stack:


The bagasse storage area is now a soap shop.  The adjacent shopping outlet:


Note the No Artificial Nothing.  Grown in Wailua flavors of papaya, coffee, dark chocolate, pineapple and mango.  Also, taro (used to make poi), something I've never seen before.



Part of our tour party of 15:


Kaena Point ahead:


Are they nude?  Nah.

Returning to 15 Craigside, we passed Waialua High and Intermediate School, which has six grades and an enrollment of 636.  According to U.S. News and World Report, this is the 3rd best public high school in the state, with only Mililani and Kalani rated higher.

Dillingham Airfield is now a shell of what it was during World War II, when B-29 Superfortress bombers landed here.  Back then it was called Mokuleia Airfield.  In 1946 the Army expanded the area and renamed it Dillingham Air Force Base in memory of Captain Henry Gaylord Dillingham, who was killed in a B-29 over Kawasaki, Japan in 1945.  He was the son of Walter F. Dillingham and grandson of Benjamin Dillingham, who founded the railroad that took passengers from Kahuku to Honolulu via Kaena Point.  This company evolved into Hawaiian Dredging and the Dillingham Corporation, which built the Ala Moana Shopping Center.  The airfield is now largely used by gliders and skydivers.


In the general background is Mount Kaala, at 4025 feet, the highest point on Oahu.  Interestingly enough, while the Koolau Range now only has a peak of 3100 feet, at one time a couple of million years ago, the highest elevation exceeded 9800 feet.  

Koolau was once a crater, and the north side falling into the sea about a million years ago was the Nuuanu Landslide, possibly the largest ever in history, as one-third of the island fell into the sea, and remnants remain at the bottom of the ocean off Kaneohe.  There no doubt was a megatsunami generated.  Read my SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth.  15 Craigside is bordered by Nuuanu Avenue.  My final chapter of that book has Hilo fall into the sea, with a title:  Six Hours to Seattle.

Dillingham Ranch is located here, a historic plantation estate, equestrian center, and filming location for many movies.

On the way home we passed by Schofield Barracks.  Fifty-four years ago I trained here, bringing back terrible memories.


However, today was the nicest day of the year.  No vog, gentle trades, sunny skies...what a wonderful day.  Back home at 15 Craigside (that larger sign refers to where I lived next door for 32 years):


Tomorrow I will present Part 2 of HOW TO PLAY FANTASY BASEBALL.  Now that you've signed up for a team, what will be your draft selection strategy and how you can actually win with the right strategy.  Don't leave the game to chance.

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