The first thing that we did in Hawaii is to run in the HURT 100 race.
The day before the race at the check in.
Jason listening to the race breifing.
We started running at 6am. Here is Jason just finsihing his first 20 mile loop.
Paradise aid station at about 7.5 miles into the loop.
This course had lots of roots.
Manoa Falls. We ran by this 10 times.
Me and Zack. I am on my second loop.
Jason about to cross the stream. This crossing is right next to the Jackass Ginger Aid Station.
Guido pacing me during the 4th loop. It was nice to have some company and keep me moving. Thanks Guido!
Jackass Ginger Aid station. Jason would pace me on my final leg of the race.
Working up hill and around roots.
One of the more technical sections.
Just about to gain the ridge. There were nice views from up here.
The trees were neat. They dropped roots all over the place.
A nice place to take a break.
View towards Honolulu.
This was one of the few sections where you could actually run.
Lots of mud and roots were found on this course.
There were many bamboo forests that you pass through.
Coming into the finish line.
At the finish after 33:56 hours. I wrote a report about the race. You can see it at:
Jason and I. Thanks for pacing the last leg!
Dylan, Guido, myself, and Allison after the race is finsihed. Thanks for helping.
The day after the race we went to Hunauma Bay for some snorkeling. This is the costline on the drive there.
Jason and his father playing with the GPS. Do we know where we are?
Hanauma Bay. This was the first time that I was snorkling. It was great!
Guido and Jason.
Looking down on Hanauma Bay. You can clearly see all the reefs.
The next day we flew to the Big Island. This is Mauna Kea (the high point of Hawaii) out of the plane window.
We did some snorkling at the big island also. This was even better becuase there water was extremely clear. I even saw a sea turtle here.
A cool hot spring that we took a soak in.
We checked out this black sand beach.
Jason, Greg, and Allison. We stayed with Greg. He retired from Los Alamos to Hawaii.
Funky looking tree.
The next day we went to visit Mauna Kea the high point of Hawaii. It does not look that impressive from this spot.
We quickly got above the trees. Mauna Kea has an elevation of 13,792 above sea level. But in fact it is the largest mountain in the world since its base sits under the sea.
We parked the car here becuase Greg was not sure if it would make it to the top. There is still a couple thousand feet to the top.
We hiked up the road a little bit before we caught a ride to the top. Since Greg was waiting in the car, we did not want to spend too much time on the mountain. And my legs were still tired from the HURT race!
Another peak sticking through the clouds.
There was even some snow on top.
And there are a bunch of observatories on top also.
This is the last part to the top.
Allison charging to the top.
Jason and Dylan making there way up.
The views from the top were good. It was a little bit cold and the wind was blowing strong.
Some funky thing on top.
Jason had another reason to get to the top. As he had planned to ask Allison to marry him.
She said YES!
Congratulations to both of you!
Jason glad that Allson said yes.
Dylan chilling on top.
Dylan, Allison, and Jason with Mauna Kea in the background.
Gregs house was great. It was surround by fruit trees. Paradise!
The next day we drove to Waipio Lookout. We decided to hike down to the beach below.
It was a steep hill down. To steep to take Greg's van.
Getting down closer to the beach. There was a river that flowed down the valley.
The road down.
Making our way down.
This part of the beach was very rocky.
A natural rock formation.
Just need to cross the river to get to the nice beach.
After leaving this beach, we checked out several waterfalls.
I forgot the name of this tree, but it drops these roots from the limbs of the tree. What you end up with is a huge tree trunk.
One of the many flowers.
Akaka Falls with flower.
Allison, Greg, and Jason at Akaka Falls.
Rainbow Falls along the Wailuku River.
Dylan and one of those trees that drop the roots. It is huge!
There are flowers everywhere, even on the tops of the trees!
More tree flowers.
We flew back to Honolulu and got up early the next day to go see the USS Arizona Memorial. There was already a line when we got there, but we got in the first group to go out the memorial.
This is the Arizona Memorial.
Inside the memorial.
Part of the Arizona.
The wall honoring all the people who died on the ship.
Most of the ship is underwater.
Leaving the memorial.
Later that day we went to Kailua Beach.
We kayaked out to this island.
Jason and Dylan riding a wave back in to shore.
Looking along the beach,
Dylan catching some waves on a boogie board.
Jason and Allison.
Rainbow at Nuuanu Pali Park. This was almost the end of our trip. The next day we went sky diving and did some surfing before a late night flight home.