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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Oahu 1: A Perimeter Circuit: Photo 13

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Better. We've come around Ka'ena Point, the northwest corner of the island, to about 11 o'clock. That puts us on the North Shore, where a coastal terrace hugs the north face of the Wai'anae Range. The terrace makes a fine runway for Dillingham Field, which is mostly used by gliders and crazy people with parachutes.

Did your ears perk up at the name Dillingham? Old Benjamin in 1898 opened a railroad from here counterclockwise around the point and back to Honolulu, at about five o'clock. Purpose: mostly to serve the sugarcane plantations established here, but--frosting on the cake--to bring tourists to a hotel he built. It's long gone. So are the tracks. And the sugarcane. Benjamin, too. The beach is awfully nice though, and about as deserted as you're likely to find on the island. Of course, I bitterly regret having pointed this out. Don't you dare!

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