I'll tell you one...Oahu. From the North Shore to the two lane highway down the windward side past the Crouching Lion on the windward side, and as seen below, the rugged stretch of coastal road from Hanouma Bay to Sandy Beach, just around the point from Makapuu, is exactly the same as it was when the Devil Dog was twelve, and would frolic a day away body surfing and enjoying a paradise that remains unchanged, unsullied, to this day, 40 years later.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The Devil Dog has frequently mused that Oahu is the most beautiful island in Hawaii, but these days is all too frequently passed over as people head straight to Maui, Kauai or the Big Island. Thats fine, as those are amazing places, but when I was a boy, growing up on Oahu in the 60's and 70's, coming to Hawaii meant Oahu and Waikiki, and not without reason. Oahu has the best surf and the finest beaches in all of the Hawaiian Islands. Here's an example. Above is a picture I took last year of Makapuu, where, along with nearby Sandy Beach, I spent many a day at the beach as a youth, 35 - 40 years ago. The point is that it looks exactly the same as it did when I was a boy. How many places can you say that about.