This photo from Makaha beach in Honolulu County, Hawaii looks like a setting from a dry savannah. The west side of the island is one of the most interesting micro-climates and is a natural habitat for all types of exotic creatures.
Hawaii photos like this one show the dry, arid climate from the Waianae coast. Rain only falls during certain times of the years on this side of Oahu. When rain does fall there can be flash floods all over leeward valleys such as Makaha Valley and Waianae Valley.
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Learning about the Hawaiian Islands can go a long ways in understanding the generations old legends found here in this rich tropical culture. With the local landscape, as strikingly beautiful as it is, good photographs are everywhere. One of the best places to take quality pictures is located by the Makaha beach resort, home to a feral population of peacocks.The Makaha beach resort is one of the options people can have for cheaper trips to Hawaii. This fun environment offers all the nature of the country while still having access to the amenities found in the cities of Honolulu and Kapolei. From the Makaha beach resort it is only a 45 minute drive to Honolulu or 30 minute drive to Kapolei.
Bring a camera to take pictures of Hawaii’s beautiful Waianae coast!
The tropical landscape is even more stunning than can be described, even for those who don’t have the professional photo equipment to use for pictures, there are many stunning opportunities for photographic moments that can be captured and even edited with smart phones. Friendly locals on the west side are usually very helpful in finding directions and inside information on where to go in the neighborhood of the Makaha beach resort. The parks on this side of the island are usually very quiet and uncrowded. Making a perfect tropical getaway for those looking for quiet tropical adventure on the islands.
From Makaha beach there are numerous beautiful photo opportunities in clear sight of the Waianae Coast to the Nanakuli and Maili beaches.
The beaches near Makaha are some of the most pristine beaches in all of Hawaii. These exotic locations are home to sea animals such as the Green Sea Turtle who call some of the Makaha beaches a home and nesting ground. One of the best places to stay in Makaha is at the Makaha Valley Towers where vacation house rentals can be found for reasonable prices. There is always a selection of beautiful ranches in Waianae Valley that are sometimes available as vacation rentals by owners in the area. These owners put their homes up as time share vacation rentals and in the Waianae and Makaha valleys these vacation rentals can be some of the most affordable travel advice by far.
The Makaha surfside is a world premier location for surfers looking for the most challenging surf spots. The rugged beach coast is the toughest surfing in Hawaii. On some days when the swells converge on each other even the surf reports are tough to indicate whether the actual conditions of the waters are safe. When in doubt do not go out is a saying that can be heard quoted around Makaha. When in doubt seriously consider your safety before surfing the outskirts of Honolulu county.
This picture is of an old lock hanging from the gate in my yard. The endless Hawaii sun glares down on this the west side of the island. Heat obliterates the dry side of Oahu, my neighbors grass has been dried up by the merciless sun. The Hawaii days during summer let time span out over a very long harsh tropical sun. I am enjoying some change from this heat since moving closer to the bigger districts of Honolulu. Rain is very relieving for all the heat Hawaii is privileged to have.
Today we were in the community practicing pan shots for an upcoming shoot. We were lucky enough to have our uncle drive us while riding in the backseat of his pickup truck somewhere in between Nanakuli, Hawaii and Kapolei. The locals around here are very friendly and welcomed us to their homes and BBQ. The Hawaii Photography team settled in on an afternoon to try a dish called squid luau for the first time. The meal was much different than any of the photographers had expected but with a bit of poke (raw fish) to wash the soup down, it was delicious. Our local hosts seemed to find how funny our different taste buds were. What a culture shock! Another shock we were most surprised to find out was the local law says it is legal for passengers to ride in pickup truck beds, unbuckled.
As we spent the rest of our afternoon cruising around the west side of Oahu, we noticed the general attitude of the locals was very laidback. Many of them were “ just cruisin’ ” or “ enjoying a few ”. An old friend “ uncle ” Jonas, told our crew that the lifestyle was called “ Living Aloha ” and that such a style could only be found here. Living Aloha is being grateful for the things that you have and to be giving to others. The other most important part of living a life filled with Aloha is to not only think of yourself but to think of the others around you and their opportunities. You can see the Aloha, everywhere on the west side of Oahu. In fact it seems that all of the Hawaii islands were built on the idea of families helping families and community support. Here on these tiny islands you can find the types of communities that know their neighbors, their aunties, uncles and friends are all around them.
An interesting fact about Hawaii is that no matter who that person is, if you live in Hawaii, they are your aunt or uncle. The idea of Ohana is such a living concept that even complete strangers can become as close as family, if not for the day; than forever. Many of us can remember our grandparents from the mainland can be quoted talking about the good old days or the times you could trust your neighbor. In Hawaii most neighborhoods still live under the golden principle of neighbors watching out for neighbors. On occasion young adults in the area might try to cause problems, but luckily if you know all your aunties and uncles, you can always address the problem with parents of whomever may be up to no good. Hawaii photography has been helping connect it’s audience with high quality vacations at special discounts here is an exclusive offer to check out - Get the Best Hotel Rates Up to 50% off with No Booking Fees