The Isle Sporting Joys Of Summer

Kaneohe Bay

Sailing in Kaneohe Bay. Nathalie Walker photo

June 21 marks the official first day of summer. It makes me think of all the wonderful sports and recreational things you can do – some of them quite simple and some of them just around the corner from where you live or work – during this most wonderful outdoor time of year. Here’s just a partial list of why I love Hawaii in the summertime:

The rainbow shower trees reaching the peak of their colors on a brisk walk around Kapiolani Park;

The coolness of the late afternoon trade winds on a grueling hike to the top of Koko Head;

The incredible view of Windward Oahu from the pillboxes at any time of the day after a quick hike from Lanikai;

Balancing on your stand-up paddleboard in the calm waters off Ala Moana Beach Park;

Riding a kayak in the gorgeous turquoise waters to the Mokuluas;

Cheering on the paddlers on a weekend race day at Kailua Bay;

Dropping by the grassy fields at UH Manoa to catch a glimpse of next year’s crop of Warrior football stars;

Grabbing the first college preview magazines, and anticipating next football season;

Looking forward to a high school gridiron classic in August;

Shooting hoops at Paki Park;

Watching your favorite major league baseball team on a big flat-screen TV at your favorite sports bar;

Enjoying a Sunday afternoon in Waimanalo when the polo season opens the first of July;

Applauding the finishers at the Tinman triathlon at Kapiolani Park in late July;

Taking the hike both in and around Diamond Head just because;

Camping at Malaekahana;

Swimming or surfing or Boogie boarding at so many places around the island;

Watching your favorite local men’s and women’s college basketball players at the summer leagues at Manoa Valley District Park and other gyms;

Taking your kids to sports camps or clinics and watching their eyes light up when they learn important lessons;

Smiling at the youthful passion and exuberance you see while viewing a Little League baseball game;

Finding time to ride your bike around your neighborhood;

Enjoying a hike to a waterfall with friends and family;

Driving and stopping at

Giovanni’s shrimp truck for a mouth-watering plate of scampi just before a Kahuku High football practice;

Putting your toes in the warm waters at Waimea Bay;

Feeling the coolness of the early evening and appreciating the majesty of the valley walls on a walk around Manoa;

Admiring the color of the beautiful plumeria trees in full bloom;

Liking when you have a chance to go sailing off Waikiki;

Relishing in the amazing forms of each day’s sunset;

Realizing that we all live and play in the most beautiful place in the world.

Have the most glorious of summers – and enjoy life every day!