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JOURNAL : June 6, 2005
|Series||Glider Ride Above Mokuleia|
Okay, so we booked it down Mt. Ka'ala and down to Dillingham Airfield with just enough time to get the last glider ride. I've been up many times but this was Liz's first time in a glider. Mokuleia and Mt. Ka'ala are the stars of an exceptional view, and looking north Haleiwa and the North Shore are visible.
South to Waianae SideView All Sizes
In the photo of Dillingham Airfield below is the beach where they filmed the first scenes of Lost. Just over a sandy berm is Farrington highway and the civilian airfield nearby so it's remarkable they were able to maintain the aura of a remote island.
Dillingham AirfieldView All Sizes
Mokuleia, Waialua and HaleiwaView All Sizes
The Crystal Canyon hike is also just a half mile down the road towards Kaena Point.
Mokuleia is where I spent much of my life and it's always nice to see it from the air, even encapsulated by the glider's cockpit bubble. But it's much more fun to skydive over Mokuleia! In the photo to the left you can see the Mokuleia Polo Field, Crowbar Ranch and the Reservoir. The first gate into Dillingham airfiled is about a block down the road towards Kaena Point.
Peacock Flats and Mt. Ka’ala
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Looking over Mokuleia
Once we dropped the towplane's line we rode thermals for awhile and soaked up the view. The glider ride is very silent, similar to a balloon ride, except that the landing is usually smoother, even with a glider's single central wheel. As we drifted out towards Kaena Point we could see over the hump of Mt. Ka'ala most westerly ridgeline and down to the other side. In the distance is the Makua Military Reserve, Makaha and Waianae.
Sunset from MokuleiaView All Sizes
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June 6, 2005
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