Aiea Loop Trail Rainforest Hike – Oahu, Hawai’i

Aloha! Ryan and I are in Hawaii for Laura and Donnie’s wedding on Saturday, May 8th. Even though I love photographing weddings in Pittsburgh, I am totally excited to be working this weekend in Hawai’i– What a great job I have!! Ryan and I arrived a few days earlier than our soon-to-be-wed friends, and decided to explore Hawaii before we spend time on the beach with them.

We arrived here on Tuesday at about 3pm and could barely stay awake (due to the time change and our long flight) enough for dinner. On Wednesday, we were awake and ready to roll at about 6am (noon by our Pittsburgh body clocks). We decided to do a little hiking on the Aiea Loop Trail in O’hau.

Here are some of my faves from our 4.5 mile hike through the rain forest.

At the furthest point in the trail–really far away from civilization.

For two people who don’t watch a lot of movies, we sure had a lot of jokes about Avatar (vegetation), Harry Potter (vegetation again), and Twilight (my pale skin).  Way to wear a flesh-colored shirt for this one…..

This was an amazingly long stretch of elevated highway (H-3) running through the rain forest.

It took us over 2.5 hours to complete this hike, crazy because normal walking speed is 4mph and this was a 4.5 mile hike.  While hiking, we had 4-5 welcome rain showers and rapidly changing weather.  The rain was welcome because we were hot!  We saw a few other hikers as well as people who were RUNNING through this trail. I don’t know how their ankles survive….

We did go to the beach for a little bit.  Here are some kids body boarding near Shark’s Cove on the north part of the island.

Because we couldn’t get enough walking, apparently, we took a 2.5 mile hike to see a lighthouse near sunset.

These 3 gents were kind enough to pose for me….without even asking. 

As we crested the mountain, it was super windy.  Check out my awesome look..

Really, really windy.

There were probably 25 of these locks on the highest part of the lookout (?).

Here is the lighthouse.  It wasn’t accessible (?) but the views from the summit were great.

Good thing I didn’t do my hair this day (or any day since I’ve been here).  So windy and humid!

We are having an awesome time!  On Thursday we went to the Big Island of Hawai’i to visit Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park….more to come because that was even better!

  • MillaMay 7, 2010 - 17:44

    Oh my goodness…. amazing photos, Randi!! Have a wonderful, wonderful time!! Can’t wait to see some wedding pics!

  • MaryMay 7, 2010 - 18:42

    Totally incredible, Randi! I can’t wait to see your wedding photos!

  • krissy fultonMay 7, 2010 - 22:43

    AWESOME! i know you took that lock picture just for me 🙂 have fun! can’t wait for more!

  • Rich DembskiMay 9, 2010 - 06:49

    That corporate Master Lock will do anything to get there locks advertised on your website.Love Dad.

  • sisterMay 9, 2010 - 09:20

    beautiful. i especially like your wind swept hair!!

  • sisterMay 9, 2010 - 09:25

    i like the upheaval of asphalt/lava. super awesome.

  • sisterMay 9, 2010 - 09:25

    i love this wind swept hair you have!! see you soon… but not too soon sister!

  • Christina MontemurroMay 10, 2010 - 11:57

    I’ll move right on past my jealousy and be happy that you got to go and shoot and share!

    That tree in photo #2 is pretty insane. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve gone back and looked at it three times, and every time this one anthropomorphic branch jumps out at me. I also love the one with the highway gracefully curving through.

    And you look gorgeous with that little bit of backlight on your hair in the one on the overlook. Thanks for taking time to share!

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