February 2, 2016

2016 Hawaii - Oahu (Day 12)

I had hyped up McDonald's taro pie so much to Michael. It was a specialty item that were only featured once in a while. When they said it would be on the menu in February, we were highly anticipating it. Only $1 for a piece of heaven.

We decided on a late start to hike at Ka'ena Point (after taro pie of course).

Ka'ena Point is the northwestern tip of Oahu. It is a fabled fishing location, but with the huge winter surf, it was a bit too difficult and dangerous to fish. Instead, we focused on appreciating the protected peninsula and the native landscape.

There were endangered Laysan Albatross all over the landscape.

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals slept lazily on the beach and in the tidepool.

A 270 degree panorama of Ka'ena Point.

On the way back, we noticed the floral scent coming from the flowers of the endangered Oahu Riverhemp ('ohai).

Ka'ena Point was a refuge for so many endangered native species. It was a remnant of what Hawaii used to be.

On the way back, we stopped in Haleiwa Harbour for a quick 1 hour fishing session. While Michael poke around for Moray, I saw some Yellowstripe Goatfish. Using the tenkara rod, 2lb fluoro, #26 hook and a tiny bit of shrimp for bait, I finally caught one!

Yellowstripe Goatfish (Mulloidichthys flavolineatus) - Species #523

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