Ring in the new year, light and carefree,
with early morning hike, binoculars in hand,
to catch first day sunrise at Makapu’u Head.
See stunning views of O’ahu’s windward
coast, turquoise sea below, offshore islets,
and red-roofed Makapu’u Lighthouse.
Binoculars, viewing scope and interpretive
sign along the trail help identify Hawaiian
seabirds and spot migrating humpback whales.
Capturing the first day sunrise in a tropical
paradise is like a love affair —
so beautiful that it couldn’t last.
But even the briefest of
moments last a lifetime.
Katacha Díaz is a Peruvian American writer. Wanderlust and love of travel have taken her all over the world to gather material for her stories. She earned her BA and MPA from the University of Washington. She was a research associate at the University of California, Davis. Among the children’s books she has authored is Badger at Sandy Ridge Road for the Smithsonian Institution’s Backyard series. Her writing appears or is forthcoming with The Pangolin Review, Anak Sastra, The Galway Review, Barely South Review, Westview, Visual Verse, The MacGuffin, Medical Literary Messenger, Cecile's Writers', Peacock Journal, Flash Frontier, New Mexico Review, Gravel, Foliate Oak, and elsewhere. She lives and writes up in her perch with a wide view of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.