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Iconic Le' ahi - Diamond Head

The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head State Monument sits on the east side of Kapiolani Park. This 761-foot crater is one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks.

Hawaiians called the volcanic cone Lēʻahi, Laeʻahi or Lae-ahi.  Translations include: “brow of the ʻahi (tuna)” and “cape of fire. The crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater's slopes. These "diamonds" were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.

Today, Diamond Head is a popular hiking trail with panoramic views of Waikiki, Diamond Head surf breaks and Oahu's south shore. It's a 1.6 mile round trip hike. Short and sweet :)

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Blog: http://www.hawaiiunveiled.com/
Gallery: http://www.chrisdacus.com/
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An O'hia Ecosystem

A native web of life high above Makua Valley on the Island of O'ahu. Yellow lichens (Teloschistes flavicans, Usnea australis & Usnea spp.) and green mosses (Macromitrium piliferum) form a cooperative form of life, living together on an old O'hia tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) - what I would call an O'hia ecosystem.

The lofty branch gives lichens and mosses better access to sunlight for making their own food, as well as to moisture condensed on the tree through the phenomenon of fog drip. The tree benefits from the decomposition of lichens adding nutrients to the soil. This symbiotic relationship between lichen, moss and trees is millions of years old.

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King Kamehameha in the midst of downtown Honolulu. by Chris Dacus King Kamehameha I Statue  King Kamehameha the Great was born in 1756 in the Kohala
district of the Big Island. His full Hawaiian name is Kalani Paiea Wohi o
Kaleikini Keali`ikui Kamehameha o ...
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Iolani Palace by Chris Dacus Happy Birthday David Kalakaua - Iolani Palace by  Chris Dacus Happy Birthday David Kalakaua - 'Iolani Palace In 1845, Kamehameha III established a permanent seat of government in Honolulu. He acquired for his capitol a one-story...
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Makapu’u Light
Makapu’u Light by Chris Dacus Makapu’u Light Island of O’ahu, Hawai’i   Makapu’u Point Lighthouse is a magical location with its of
cobalt blue water and black  lava cast in
the early morning red hues of sunrise.   Makapu’u Point Lighthouse is located at th...
Makapu'u Point Lighthouse is located at the easternmost point on the island of O'ahu and named after a supernatural being, Makapu'u, which means "bulging eye,'' referring to her eight bright eyes. Makapu`u Point rise 647 feet above sea level and at 395 feet the lighthouse was constructed.
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Waikiki Beach, Surfing Since 1700
Island of O'ahu, Hawai'i

Waikiki Beach is often referred to as one long beach but it is actually a bunch of beaches including from ewa (west) side of Waikiki to the Diamond Head side (east): Waikiki Beach, Prince Kuhio Beach, Queen’s Surf Beach, Kapiolani Beach, and Kaimana Beach. Waikiki Beach was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s ...

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Iconic Le' ahi - Diamond Head

The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head State Monument sits on the east side of Kapiolani Park. This 761-foot crater is one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks.

Hawaiians called the volcanic cone Lēʻahi, Laeʻahi or Lae-ahi.  Translations include: “brow of the ʻahi (tuna)” and “cape of fire. The crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater's slopes. These "diamonds" were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.

Today, Diamond Head is a popular hiking trail with panoramic views of Waikiki, Diamond Head surf breaks and Oahu's south shore. It's a 1.6 mile round trip hike. Short and sweet :)

Picture by Chris Dacus
Blog: http://www.hawaiiunveiled.com/
Gallery: http://www.chrisdacus.com/
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Mau'umae Ridge Trail aka Lanipo by Chris Dacus Mau'umae Ridge Trail aka Lanipo A 7.5 mile (round-trip) roller coaster hike up a ridge above Mauna Lani Heights and Kaimuki.
This blog is my adventures, reflections and discoveries about the islands of Hawai'i and along the way capturing some moments with sound, video and photography. Explore and enjoy our online gallery: www.chrisdacus.com. Copyright © 2014 Hawaii Unveiled. Any external use of photos without ...
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Happy Birthday David Kalakaua - 'Iolani Palace
Honolulu, Hawai'i

In 1845, Kamehameha III established a permanent seat of government in Honolulu. He acquired for his capitol a one-story coral building called Hale Ali`i, meaning House of the Chiefs, which stood on the site of the present palace. Kamehameha V renamed Hale Ali`i, `Iolani Palace in 1863 to honor his deceased brother Kamehameha IV. `Iolani, bird of heaven or royal hawk, a name belonging to Kamehameha II. 

King David Kalākaua was the first monarch to travel around the world. While visiting Europe, he took note of the grand palaces of other monarchs. He dreamed of a royal palace befitting of the sovereignty of a modern state such as Hawaiʻi.

King Kalakaua laid the cornerstone of the new `Iolani Palace on December 31, 1879 - Queen Kapi`olani's 45th birthday - and the palace was completed in 1882. Designed in an "American Florentine" style, the four-story palace included an attic and basement, two central and four corner towers with open lanai on all sides. The rich interior used native koa, kou, kamani, and ohia woods plus American walnut and Oregon white cedar. It was one of the first buildings in Hawai`i fitted with electric lights.

After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawaiʻi until 1969. The palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978 and is open Monday through Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States.

The picture was taken during celebrations of David Kalakaua’s birthday anniversary (November 16th) decorated with Hawaiian flags and red, white and blue bunting.

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Pali Kilo I‘a Point
Pali Kilo I‘a Point by Chris Dacus Pali Kilo I‘a Point Island of O’ahu, Hawai’i Pali Kilo I‘a Point (“fish watchers’ cliff”) were places
where spotters would stand and direct off-shore fishermen in theiri canoes with
their surround nets to schools of fish. ...
Pali Kilo I'a Point (“fish watchers' cliff”) were places where spotters would stand and direct off-shore fishermen in theiri canoes with their surround nets to schools of fish. Pali Kilo I'a Point, the beach area was known to fishermen as LÄ 'ie Malo'o Beach (LÄ 'ie Beach Park), but since around ...
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Waikiki Beach
Island of O'ahu, Hawai'i

Waikiki Beach is often referred to as one long beach but it is actually a bunch of beaches including from ewa (west) side of Waikiki to the Diamond Head side (east): Waikiki Beach, Prince Kuhio Beach, Queen’s Surf Beach, Kapiolani Beach, and Kaimana Beach. Waikiki Beach was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s who enjoyed surfing there on early forms of longboards called Kiko'o  - 15 feet or longer for Hawaiian Royalty only. Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku, the "Father of Modern Surfing" was born and raised in Waikiki and helped to make the sport popular not only in Hawai'i in the early 1900's but introduced surfing to the rest of the world.
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+Chris Dacus This photograph is excellent, It would fit better in the Cityscape and Skyline category
as you know the Landscape Photography Community has several categories for posting your work. 
Since this was posted to the wrong place, I have removed it, but I hope you’ll re-share the subject.

Also, please take a look at the rules for an explanation of what should be posted in each section: http://goo.gl/pV5UEr
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Waikiki Beach by Chris Dacus Waikiki Beach Waikiki Beach is often referred to as one long beach but it
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Diamond Head side (east): Waikiki Beach, Prince Kuhio Beach, Queen’s Surf
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Waikiki Beach is often referred to as one long beach but it is actually a bunch of beaches including from ewa (west) side of Waikiki to the Diamond Head side (east): Waikiki Beach, Prince Kuhio Beach, Queen's Surf Beach, Kapiolani Beach, and Kaimana Beach. Waikiki Beach was a retreat for ...
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