As we were so tired after the flight etc we thought we'd like an easy day - ha!! We found the stop for the No 2 bus & used our 4 day bus pass (bought in the ABC store last night) & set off for Diamond Head crater. The bus stopped at the bottom of the hill that we had to climb to get to the entrance. We then walked through a tunnel which cuts under the rim of the crater & emerged in the middle of it, surrounded by an enormous hill. From there we took the increasingly steep path towards the top. Good grief - we certainly needed to pace ourselves! Every time we thought we'd almost reached the top some bright spark who was coming down would tell us that there was still a way to go! Help! Not only is there a very steep, uneven path, but another tunnel at the end of which are more, even steeper, steps! Fortunately for we old codgers there are places where you can stop for a much- needed breather. Inevitably we got talking to other people who were, like us, staggering towards the top. We had a long chat with a Canadian couple - Maureen & Laurie - then after the break felt able to carry onwards & upwards, admiring the amazing views as we went! At the next rest stop we had a chat with Linda & Ed from Washington DC & ended up spending the rest of the trek with them. They were visiting their daughter who's in the Navy & stationed here. We had such a laugh whilst we were encouraging each other & struggling determinedly to the top. It was worth it - the views were breathtaking & you could see all the Waikiki beaches & for miles beyond! Then it was back down again, which was quicker than the ascent, but still quite difficult as the terrain is so rough & uneven. All that socialising took up so much time that they were about to lock the gates as we left at just before 6pm! By the time we got back to Waikiki we were somewhat knackered & ready to take to our bed for a week! But we did it - & have the photos & witnesses to prove it!
A great first day in Hawaii!!