No matter how many times I drive this route, the view never gets old! Especially when there are waterfalls gushing through every crevice of this mountainscape.
I snapped this while coming back from the North Shore one afternoon. I couldn’t believe the difference in weather from one end of the H-3 tunnel to the next – super sunny in the Halawa area and slamming rain on the windward side. Gotta love those microclimates.
The best part about a rainy windward side, though, is definitely those waterfalls. As they cascade down the Koolau, I can’t help but daydream about a remote pool at the bottom of each fall. Almost like searching for that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, where this “pot of gold” is just as hard to find since most pools are unaccessible.
We lucked out on this day, however, because the low-lying clouds rested right below the peak of the falls. It made for the perfect photo opp, so I had to take out my camera as quickly as possible. By the way, this pic is a #nofilter one – even better!
I guess that’s also a plus-side to rain on your Hawaii vacation. No rain, no waterfalls (and no rainbows). So look up toward the skies and the mountains the next time it rains on your vacation in the islands; you will be pleasantly surprised by what reveals itself.
Posted by: Bruce Fisher