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Oahu's secret spots: a Sky News Now exclusive

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By Malika Dudley - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  With a bird's eye view, Sky News Now pilot, Jeff Gebhard, does this just about every day. bringing us the news from a different angle.

"From above you get the whole picture, from down below it's one dimensional," Gebhard said.

Jason Denis is our Sky News Now camera operator. He's actually never shot video on the ground, only in the air.

"Sometimes I forget when I'm working and when I'm sightseeing," Denis said.

Now I know what he means. The pair invited me to come along on a personal tour of Oahu to show me what they've found over the years -- things that we rarely, if ever, get to see.

First up: Kapaeleele Koa and Keaniani Kilo -- the ancient lookouts high above Kahana Bay.

"We're at Kahana Bay, this trail along the ridge is where ancient Hawaiians would come up to spot schools of fish below for the hukilau."

Other trails were once popular hiking spots, but have been closed since. Like Sacred Falls or Kaliuwaa. It once attracted 55,000 people a year.

"This is the highest waterfall here on Oahu, it's about 1000 feet high, unfortunately it is closed to the public because of a rockslide that occurred on Mother's Day 1999."

The Haiku Stairs or Stairway to Heaven is a legacy of World War II. The only legal way to see it now is from the air. The 3,922 stairs were constructed in 1942, and once led to a top secret high powered transmitter. This was, of course, before the days of GPS. It's in ruins now, and considered very dangerous.

"So what remains today, is the original trail, that would have taken them to the top during the construction phase."

If you try to hike into Lulumahu Falls, in Nuuanu Valley, you could be arrested, seriously injured (it's within a bow and arrow hunting ground) or get lost. It's very, very hard to find. That is, if you're not in the air.

In that same area, you get a rare view of Kamehameha III's summer palace, Kaniakapupu, it doesn't look like it, but in 1847, he hosted 10,000 guests.

Next door, but rarely seen is Luakaha, someone's personal waterfall!  Many of us have driven past these next two, but maybe never even known. Kapena Falls is tucked in, right below the Pali Highway. Further up the road, this waterfall, spouts out from inside the Koolau mountain range from the aquifer where we get most of our drinking water.

Just another day on the job for Jeff and Jason. But for me, a new perspective on our amazing island.

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