It was another amazing day in paradise! We – “the Sunrise crew” – met as usual on Lanikai Beach just before 7 am. What was unusual was the flat, calm water that greeted us there. Not a wave or bump in sight. As we pushed our three 6-man outrigger canoes into the lake-like water we commented on the smooth surface and the clarity of the water we paddled through.
We headed south along the peaceful Lanikai coastline toward Waimanalo and beautiful, tree-lined Bellows Beach. On the way we looked down and to our right and saw a large honu (turtle) swimming lazily under the water. After about 20 minutes of warm-up we rested off shore and took in the striking beauty of the Koolau Mountain range – the backdrop for all of our Windward Oahu communities.
We reversed course after our break and headed north – back to Lanikai – past the Mokulua Islands. On a typical day our seasoned steersman is able to catch a few choice waves in this area. Not today. The water was as placid as a pond and as clear as glass. I had never seen so much detail in the coral heads we gracefully glided over.
We reached the south side of Flat Island and took another break. We had done a couple of “hard changes” to get our heart rates up and our bodies working, but nothing too challenging. Certainly nothing that took away from the magic of the morning. We actually caught a small, fun bump off Flat Island which made the perfect outing complete.
It was closing in on 8 am. Our commitment is to be back on the beach by then. We landed right on time. We rolled our canoes up the beach – back in their resting positions. We quietly celebrated our good fortune, said our goodbyes, and dispersed to work and responsibilities – each feeling the truth in the local saying … ”Lucky we live Hawaii!”
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