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November 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM

Thanksgiving in Hawaii: Lanikai Beach & the Pillbox Trail

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We're spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Hawaii visiting our friends John & Carey who live in Kailua on Oahu, and to see our friend Matt also in Hawaii visiting family. We'll be on Oahu for a few days then heading over to Maui for Thanksgiving, then back to Oahu on Friday. We're trying our best not to make our plans overly ambitious, but there's a lot to do, see and eat here. Our first day we had a huge Hawaiian breakfast, followed by a hike up the Pillbox Trail and a visit to Lanikai Beach.

The Pillbox Trail goes up a steep ridge to a couple of abandoned World War 2 lookouts called "pillboxes." The trail is steep but short and affords terrific views of Lanikai and Kailua. Lanikai Beach is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the world and for good reason. After our hike, we lounged around the beach for a while, had an afternoon snack of poke and then headed into Waikiki for sunset cocktails and a big steak dinner for someone's birthday.

So far our trip to Hawaii is off to a great start. The scenery speaks for itself, so enjoy the photos.

Overlooking Lanikai Beach from the Pillbox Trail

Looking up the peak of the Pillbox Trail

John, Jessica & Carey taking a break on the Pillbox Trail

John leans into the wind on the Pillbox Trail

John, Jessica & Carey atop the highest pillbox

Carey & John atop the pillbox

Jessica & Kris atop the pillbox

Windy group photo atop the pillbox

Windy group photo atop the pillbox

Windy group photo atop the pillbox

The view from the top

The view from the top

Looking over the Mid-Pacific Country Club

iPhone panorama of Lanikai Beach (photo by Jessica Chiang, click to enlarge)

Radio-controlled gliders sailed past the peak

Jessica eases down the steepest part of the trail

Jessica celebrates a safe arrival at Lanikai Beach

The world-famous Lanikai Beach

The world-famous Lanikai Beach



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