Beginning your day at a paradisiacal place practically to yourself is the best way to start a day on Oahu. The island is crowded. Their will be a wait at your favorite brunch cafe; traffic to and from your favorite North Shore hideaway; and endless lines of selfie takers and wedding portraits at your go to location to see sunset. It often feels like sunrise is the only time to enjoy the serenity this island was once known for.
Hanauma Bay's ridge hiked is a paved trail up and around the famed snorkeling bay on Oahu's beautiful Windward Coast. To reach the top before sunrise, you want to begin your hike at least 30 minutes prior to. I recommend a flashlight, but the break of dawn may illuminate your path enough. The only hazards along the trail are the gusting wind blows. My favorite place to watch the sunrise here is in the photo above. The meadow at the top offers a quaint place to sit and admire the views of Koko Head, the Ka Iwi coastline, Hanauma Bay, and Diamond Head.
When you finish the hike, I recommend having breakfast at Moena Cafe in Hawaii Kai shopping center. It is a highly rated cafe known for their delicious eggs benedict, french toast, and great coffee. The wait time is worth it and the food will certainly satisfy your post-hike appetite.
Thank you for visiting, please enjoy the photographs from my hike and let me on Instagram what you think!
***All pictures below taken with Canon 5D Mark III and edited in Adobe Lightroom. If you're interested in learning the camera settings I used to capture these beautiful images, do not hesitate to ask.