I’ve always loved watching the sun rise. There’s something beautiful and unique about the silent stillness to the beginning of each day. It never dawned on me — until recently — that the moon also rises.
When I moved back to Oahu, I started looking up the times and dates of every full moon. This started when I hiked up a popular hike in Lanikai, Kailua to watch the Super Moon rise one evening.
I returned to this same hike, also known as Pillboxes, the following month, with Andrew to hike up into the fading sunlight as the month’s full moon began to rise. Like the sun, the moon rises in the east. However, watching the moon rise is a little more tricky … La Luna can play tricks on you and also similar to the sun, can hide behind the clouds. But on a clear night, the moon can also surprise you. On this particular night, the moon was huge off into the distance, and even a little red. It was so big, it felt as if we were somehow getting closer to it with each passing minute — slowly traveling to space as time went on. Of course, we were just sitting atop a mountain with a small crowd of people who also came to enjoy the view. But it is so humbling to watch something so large rise above you — it really makes you feel small, in a good way. It makes you feel small in way to help you see that there is so much this world can offer you. The world — literally — is your oyster. Do what you want with it.
Plus, hiking to watch the moon rise is quite the romantic date. However, don’t forget to bring a flashlight for the trek down — I can’t begin to explain how many times I thought I was going to tumble down the mountain. (Also you might want to bring a jacket, water, and a tripod if you feel like carrying your DSLR up the mountain in order to get good shots of the moon.)