Hangin' With The Oahu Jeepers
If the Jp staff is going to take a vacation, er...work trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, then we're going to get in as much wheeling as possible. But what to do and where to go? Cappa did some searching on the Internet and, in addition to naked tattooed chicks, he stumbled across the Oahu Jeepers club, who graciously invited us to tag along with them in our rental Jeep for a day.
The Oahu Jeepers are made up of local Jeep enthusiasts, so that is to say almost every member is an active military, retired military, or civilian military contractor. We wondered why so many military guys owned Jeeps and found out that while stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other nasty places for an extended time period, a vast majority of their pay is withheld because their living expenses are covered by Uncle Sam. Once back home, they get their withheld pay in a lump sum that usually gets spent on whatever they were dreaming about while overseas. In most cases, that's a shiny, modified Jeep.
The club took us to the severe western edge of the island to a place called Kaena Point. It was easy to find once we jumped onto Farrington Highway because it's literally the end of the road. Kaena Point (open to the public) is a beautiful, wandering trail that offers everything from sand, rocks, twisties, and climbs for the wheeler. It also offers offshore fishing, diving, surfing, and hiking for the day-tripper. For more information on the Oahu Jeepers, check out the club's Web site at www.oahujeepers.com.