Up and about in the early morning hours of my first Hawaii daybreak, I try to be a good houseguest and avoid waking my host. I bide my time with a delicious cup of Hawaiian coffee and quiet time on the lanai. Patience brings the dawn and I’m off for a brief sunrise run. Makakilo, ‘observing eyes’ in the Hawaiian language, is a superb lookout point. As I turn out of the street from my son’s home, the view extends down the island past Waikiki Beach all the way to Diamond Head. This morning, the landmark is shrouded in clouds but still visible. This vista was once a strategic spot to observe approaching visitors, be they friend or foe. Now, it’s a residential community far off the tourist circuit.
I run downhill on a wide boulevard under a canopy of monkeypod trees. A simple 4-miler will be great for stretching out after a long flight, which is also a great excuse to run an out-and-back to the Malama Market and pick up a few goodies. This little store at first glance appears to be a typical mini-market. Inside, it has the feel of an old fashioned grocery, with a deli area of fresh sandwiches, breads, salads and seafood with a local touch, and a great little coffee shop next door. I snap up a pack of warm Hawaiian-style andagi, and a couple of other items. Three favorites: travel, running and a kickstart with a fresh morning local food treat.
This is daunting running territory, with tough uphills and downhills. With a little less than two miles distance, my mini-grocery run requires a straight downhill with more than a 70 foot drop in elevation (This U-tube video is a good visual of the downhill), which in turn means 70 feet elevation gain for my return trip. With goodies loaded into a running backpack, I begin my reverse trek uphill with a jog, which quickly becomes a fast walk.
I’m seeing a few other solo runners, retired boomers like myself along with a few military folks sharing a portion of my route. On O’ahu, most runners are out early and in before 9 a.m. or so. With this year’s Honolulu Marathon taking place last weekend (Sunday, December 9), this is a recovery week for some.
The sun is quickly rising in the sky but soon enough I’m back to the house. It’s time for some holiday gift baking before the second phase of my jet lag sets in.
Wishing all good family visits, good food, safe travels and few moments to get out for run.