Monday, July 04, 2011
I'm on Oahu for the better part of a week with the TH Daughter, and am beginning to pile up pictures from this trip and the weekend in Salt Lake City. A few of them made the cut...
The ride from Park City, Utah to Salt Lake City, Friday morning last. I love the colors and the lighting -- pretty good for a cell phone.
Your Blogger at breakfast at Surf Lanai, one of the restaurants in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
We went body surfing in the late morning at Sandy Beach and I took a few pictures with the big camera, but I am too tired to download them and turn them in to a blog post. After cleaning up and such we went to the Honolulu Hard Rock Cafe, which is quite near our hotel. On the way up, I took a picture of the guitars suspended from the ceiling.
And, finally, a "Scratch Mai Tai" at the eponymous bar in the Royal Hawaiian.
It was very nice.
If you have time, take a drive up the Tantalus Loop and also drive up the Pali Highway to site of the Battle of Nu'Uanu Pali. Then take the roller coaster ride down to Kaneohe and see Byodo-In, which is just up the Kamhameha Highway about three miles on the left.
I forgot to suggest one other stop between the drive up the Tantulus Loop and a drive up the Pali Highway: The National Cemetery of the Pacific, aka The Punchbowl. Very impressive, especially the monument to all the battles fought in the Pacific since WWII.
BTW, if you've ever seen an intro to the older Hawaii 50 you've seen Lady Columbia.
1. Go to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Well done (shoreside) museum with short film and dioramas, etc. Then take the boat ride out to the USS ARIZONA. To go to Hawaii and miss this, is...well, you fill it in.
2. If time allows, besides K-Bay and the Pali...go to the North Shore. They have (free to watch) Polo Matches. Along the way is some of the best Shave Ice (better than Sno-Cones) on the island.
3. Hanama Bay use to be REALLY great, but is a bit crowded now. Maybe on a weekday and early in the morning. Look it up...a beautiful lagoon formed by the sides of a dead volcano caving in (on the seaward side) and water flowing in. LOTS of beautiful fish, and no sharks.
4. You can enter Diamond Head and actually walk up a bunch of stairs to the look out. Not scary. Amazing view of Waikiki and on.
I was first in HI in 1959 just before it became a state. Back many times. My final duty station after 32 years in the Marines was at the Marine Barracks, Hawaii (Pearl Harbor)...which is now closed. It was super for my then 10 year old daughter and my bride. The three of us saw more of Oahu and other islands than most of those who live there all their lives.
More: Queen Emma's Summer Palace. The museums and the Royal Palace. Most tourists never see this stuff. Heck, most Hawaiians never see it either.
I'll second driving up to the North Shore, regardless of the route. It's nice way to spend part of the day just out for a drive.
If you're looking for a good place for a snack a 5 minute drive from Waikiki, try Leonard's Bakery (www.leonardshawaii.com/) for a malasadas. It's a Portuguese doughnut, really light and covered in sugar, with or without some sort of filling, and they are made fresh throughout the day.
The picture of "Now in Hawaii, I went for a run early this morning and at about 7 am grabbed this view of Waikiki from the east."
Was that any where near the Fort Derusee area? They have a museum there with a lot of WW II equipment in it. had a tank on the outside of the entrance to it. Did you have time to visit the Airazona Memorial?