Plugging holes and scraping the perimeter of the southern corner of Fort Shafter, in 3.57 miles , I have completed the mauka (towards the mountain) side of the base. With construction barring my way, changes in street names, changes in the road itself, I think that you could call me "the confused Hawaiian!" HaHa! I got it done anyway!
You could call today a day of "stairways!" Almost hidden as I never saw it until I stumbled upon it, I know that roads on Shafter are circuitous and these stairways would expedite pedestrian flow and keep them safely away from traffic. But, they are rather steep and you better be in good shape to handle them.
Pretty amazing that civilians live on the other side of the fence, but, that's all that separates Kalihi from Fort Shafter in certain areas.
Pausing to watch the water lazily flowing by, with tadpoles and guppies swimming in the shadows to avoid an occasional bird, I really wanted to take off my shoes and wade in the cool waters.
Only in Hawaii would you have need for an "Aloha Center!" Is it a welcoming place or a place to help facilitate your leaving? I'm hoping that it is a welcoming place! ALOHA has many meanings depending upon context.
*CORRECTION! In a previous blog, I identified this bird as an "e'lepaio," and I am wrong. With further study, this bird is actually a "White-rumped Shama Thrush. My bad! I want to be as correct as possible, so expect me to make amendments from time to time. Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas and the New Year is just around the corner! Have you made any resolutions? Mine is to keep walking! But you knew that, yeah? Aloha! (Bye!)