Timelapse of Sunrise Over Makapuu Beach and Sea Life Park

This sunrise timelapse takes place somewhere along the Ko’olau Summit Trail, just above Sea Life Park and overlooking Makapu’u Beach. To get to this point Team Exploration: Hawaii hiked up the Makapu’u end of the Ko’olau Summit Trail at 5am in pitch dark and then reached this destination an hour later. We stopped at a lookout point just above Sea Life Park but before the puka that Marvin mentioned in this post.

This timelapse is a bit more personal and interactive than my previous timelapse videos. You’ll notice us moving around throughout the video. Andy (red jacket and hat; lanky haole) makes his first video appearance on Exploration: Hawaii. You might remember him from the kayak adventure to Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat). His dad was also visiting from Pennsylvania, so you’ll see Timbo, as Andy affectionately calls him, pop up in the video.

Coty OWLing over Sea Life Park and Makapuu Beach. Can you spot him? Photo by Marvin Chandra.

Marvin hasn’t stopped talking about this spot ever since heĀ snapped this photo. And although I hate to admit it, I really enjoyed this location and the view. From this vantage point we had excellent views of Manana and Kaohikaipu Island, both of which are located just off of Makapu’u Beach. You can also see Makapu’u Point Lighthouse as well. Look closely in the video and you will see the lighthouse flickering.

A curvy panorama of Makapuu. Marvin’s playing around with a new technique. Photo by Marvin Chandra.

The trek in was a bit more strenuous than I tend to like for early morning timelapse sessions (lugging around a full-size tripod is heavy business). However, when we finally reached the final lookout point and I had realized how beautiful the view was, my complaints vanished. Kudos, Marvin.

Explorers: Marvin Chandra, Andy Dewald, Coty Gonzales, Joel Sabugo, and Timbo.

Timbo, Andy, and Coty soak in the views. And laugh about something. Photo by Marvin Chandra.

Father and Son. Photo by Marvin Chandra.

A Marvin on a Cliff. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Yes Marvin, your MEGA UMBRELLA is still there. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Mr. Blue. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Blown Away. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Thank goodness for camera timers. Photo by Coty’s Tripod and Andy’s Camera.

About Coty

Founder of Exploration: Hawaii. Adventure, Minimalism, Vinyl, Typography, and Coffee + Matcha. A single space after a period, please.


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