Around Oahu

Spent this last weekend in Honolulu. In Waikiki to be exact.

Arrived on Wednesday, May 1st. According to Hawaiian Airlines, it wasn’t May Day, it was Lei Day. We were met at the airport by Hula Dancers and presented with sweet smelling Leis. Nice!

Honolulu is the big city. Lots of hustle and bustle. Not my idea of a great place to go to unwind. More of an exotic place to shop and party. We mostly shopped. Same stores as at home, but with different selections and colors.

The reflection of the USS Missouri falls across the stern of her sunken sister, the USS Arizona. Honorable duty for the Mighty Mo, to stand watch over her, and the men who died with her.

The reflection of the USS Missouri falls across the stern of her sunken sister, the USS Arizona. Honorable duty for the Mighty Mo, to stand watch over her, and the men who died with her.

Friday, we enjoyed an escorted tour around the island starting with a visit to Pearl Harbor, and the Memorial to the USS Arizona and her crew.

I thought this image of the USS Missouri framed between the only parts of the Arizona aft of the platform was fitting. A contrast between sister ships. One representing the beginning of America’s entry into WW II, the other the vessel where the war officially came to an end.

From Pearl Harbor, we travelled out to the Dole Plantation farm, where the Pineapple is king. According to our guide, the Pineapple business fell through the floor putting many field laborers out of work. Competition from farms in South America was too much for Hawaii.

Recently however, the pineapple fields are beginning to come back. She wasn’t aware of the economic forces driving the return, but we did pass a number of fields that had just been planted. A good thing me thinks.

The tour took us north up to the North Slope where the ocean was dead calm. No surf, no rollers, no interest. Well, almost no interest.

The beaches were busy and there were a number of Honu (green sea turtle) swimming about in the rocky shallows at the beach we stopped at.

A Green Sea Turtle, or Honu, bobs in the surf on the north side of Oahu.

A Green Sea Turtle, or Honu, bobs in the surf on the north side of Oahu.

Took some work and patience to capture this shot of a Honu checking us out while we watched it.

Anyway, I got a couple of shots that might qualify as better than tourist snaps. I’ll be able to update and post them later, when I get home and have more than my Surface Tablet to process the images with.

In my last post I mentioned that we were meeting our son Kelly and his girlfriend Jessica. They arrived on Oahu on Thursday night, and we met up for a late snack. Same scenario on Friday. After June and I got back to our hotel, we met up with them for a late dinner. They were staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, so we ate there. Don’t have much good to say about the service as it just wasn’t present on Friday night. Took forever to get a high priced mediocre hamburger.

Saturday, Jes participated in the American Association of Immunologists conference. We had lunch together and then went over to the lagoon at the Hawaiian Village to do some standup paddle boarding (more like comedy.) It was fun as you will see after I get the videos posted. I will update this post with a link when I do.

Overall, I think we will be returning to Honolulu. Don’t want to spend a lot of time there; couple of days during an extended visit to the islands is enough we think. From here, we are going on to the Big Island of Hawaii, and Kona. See you there.