On the ground in Honolulu

Diamond Head Crater

DIAMOND HEAD – Make that higher ground, and make it the rim of the crater at this state monument that offers panoramic views of Waikiki beach, Diamond Head Lighthouse, the crater below and, of course, the Pacific Ocean.

Digital content coordinator Tony Drovetto and I are here to cover the six Seahawks who are preparing to play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl for the NFC squad – left tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger and free safety Earl Thomas, who are starters; kick returner Leon Washington; and running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson, who are backups.

We flew over from Seattle today, but arrived too late to cover the first practice. So we used our late afternoon to hike to the crater rim, along with director of communications Lane Gammel. When we were making the last part of the trek to the top, a rainbow appeared against the clouds and hills to the northeast of the crater. The Chamber of Commerce couldn’t have created a more-fitting welcome to the Rainbow State.

Check back tomorrow and throughout the rest of the week when we’ll have written and video reports from the practices and the game. Thursday’s practice is being held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, while the Friday session is set for Kapolei High School before both squads take the field at Aloha Stadium for Saturday’s workout.

Aloha for now.


Diamond Head Lighthouse

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