Last week I showed you new aerial Kualoa & Mokoli’i photographs I captured on Oahu Hawaii with my DJI Mavic 2 drone. (Please have a look if you haven’t yet; the views are stunning).
This week we take a short aerial excursion in the Ko’olau Mountain Range, that extends down the entire eastern side of Oahu island in Hawaii.
The Koo’lau Range is not a true mountain range in the usual sense, but the remains of one huge volcano, known as the Ko’olau Volcano. The high cliffs (pali) are what remain of the western side of the giant caldera, with the whole eastern side having slid off into the Pacific. Kaneohe Bay, the largest bay in Hawaii, is what remains of the caldera.
In the aerial photograph above, we can see the aforementioned cliffs of the Ko’olau range. To get this view, I hiked about an hour from the trailhead off the Pali Highway. It took me a while to find an open spot in the dense tropical forest to launch my Mavic 2 drone. (if you look closely at the top of the cliffs, you can see two electric line towers that bring power from Honolulu over to Kailua).