April 21-27, 2010
Snorkling at Hanauma Bay. Some fairly good snorkling. There is very little water above the tops of the reefs, so they end up making channels where snorklers can pass through. The best snorkling was near the buoys farthest away from the shore. Candace and Mark spotted a sea turtle.
Robin and I stayed at Ryan and Penny's apartment in Waipahu, near Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. Thank you Ryan and Penny!
Zippy's is a fast food chain native to Hawai'i. It is very good, and we went there numerous times (it helped that it was within walking distance of Penny and Ryan's apartment.
Turtle Bay is a Hilton resort. The beach was fine, but the water was cold and had no sea life. There is free access to the beach, so we tried it out. Not sure it is worth a return trip.
Robin and I at the Wahiawu Botanical Garden, one of many botanical gardens on the island.
Interesting speciments at the Wahiawu Botanical Garden.
Bellows beach, where we met up with Candace and Mark and Ryan and Penny. It is only open on the weekends, but is not crowded and is a great boogie-boarding beach.
Sunset beach. Ryan was grading papers. Afterwards, we went to a North Shore shrimp shack which was great.
The view from our Waikiki Beach hotel, the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. The hotel was mediocre, and on the very end of the beach. Our room faced Diamond head, and below you can see into the Honolulu Zoo.
Waikiki beach. After wandering around the shops, we spent an entire day on the beach under an umbrella. It was relaxing and great.
The city of Honolulu. Avoid driving here between 6am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm.
On the last day of our vacation, we visited Pearl Harbor. On the left is the USS Missouri, a museum available for tourists. In the middle is the USS Arizona memorial, which Robin and I toured. The submarine USS Bowfin on the right is also available for tour.
The memorial for the 1177 men lost on the USS Arizona, when it was hit with an armor piercing bomb penetrating the forward ammunition compartment, blowing the ship apart and sinking it within seconds on December 7, 1941.
The top of the sunken USS Arizona wreckage. A quart of oil continues to leak from the ship every day.
A closer view of the USS Missouri, the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. It was in service until 1992.
Big Island 2006 Vacation