Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Aloha to Marine Corps Base Hawaii - Kaneohe Bay

I mentioned on SOS Aloha that I met two military spouses, new to the island, who are published writers - Renee and Nadja.   In fact, Renee attended RT's Booklovers Convention in Pittsburgh in 2007 - we laughed at the hijinks that inevitably happen at RT!    We've made a pact to get together once a week to explore the island and talk about writing.

We recently visited the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) in Kaneohe Bay.   It is the easiest drive:  Exit Pearl Harbor, hop on the H-3 Interstate, and the highway literally drives into the base.   It is the most gorgeous drive too, cutting through the Koolau Mountains.   MCBH is located on the Mokapu Peninsula.   We drove over to the east beach - notice the wind!

Within minutes, the clouds disappeared for a sunny outlook!

We drove over to the west beach where the President is known to visit with his family.   We found another "VIP" -
the Hawaiian Monk Seal:

The seal is protected by federal and state laws which
prohibit anyone from disturbing them.  

"Monk" rolled over several times as we took
pictures from a distance.

Ivy was curious to learn more about "Monk".

She discovered sand slipped through her fingers.

Renee, Ivy, and Nadja pose for a parting shot!  

In honor of our visit to Marine Corps Bay Hawaii, I am giving away a 2011 Hawaii Calendar with more beautiful images from the eight islands.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your favorite "watering hole" - a local beach?  Nearby lake?  Backyard pool?

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Tuesday, December 6, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Wednesday, December 7.


Kim in Hawaii


  1. i love all beach, so beautiful ;)

  2. We have a park in town where you can go on several trails. The one I like ends up at the bend in a little creek. We used to go all the time and have picnics.

  3. Hi Kim! Thank you for the book. I recevied it today. My favorite watering hole are any of the beaches in our area. I often take drives out to see it as I really love being near water.

  4. Unfortunately, I don't get to the beach very often but I must admit that it is beautiful when we actually do go. My absolute favorite is still the beaches on Kauai (-:

  5. Between the beautiful pics you post and the stories my friend tell me about Hawaii I really have to visit the islands soon

  6. Kim,

    Thank you for these wonderful photos. I wanted so badly to be stationed here, but at the time Uncle Sam wouldn't let woman serve on ships in any capacity. And I worked my tail off to earn the right to choose that station!

    No local watering hole, unless the deck in the back yard counts! LOL!

  7. Living in north central Texas, the beach is but a distant memory for me. One of my favorite beaches is in Bermuda - with pink sand. Now, I just love being at my girlfriend's pool.

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