Spring break came, and instead of going to Disneyland, we decided instead to fly to Hawaii, where our son is stationed at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Airfares were low, and I was able to find a budget room about a block away from his Waikiki apartment.
He had been sent there last September, but his ship was underway shortly after he arrived and didn't return until early February. So he really hadn't done much touring himself.
We arrived Wednesday, March 15, and our son greeted us with leis at the airport. (Nice touch.) He dropped us off at our hotel and went back to work. DW and I found a place for lunch and walked over to the beach at Waikiki.
We explored some of the streets and pretty much spent the rest of the day getting oriented. You can pretty much walk everywhere you need to go in Waikiki, and parking is limited and expensive. Our room was a bargain, but located on a noisy street. That took some getting used to. The view from our lanai wasn't bad (if you can just get rid of that old man in the picture).
We got to check out our son's new place. (Sorry, no pix.) It's on the 19th floor with a view of the mountains.
The next day we started touring in earnest. We booked a grand circle tour around the island, on a bus driven by "Cousin James." Between cracking jokes, he actually gave us some useful information. Our other source of useful information was a book called Oahu Revealed. It pretty much became my bible for the duration of our stay.
Our first stop was the overlook on the Pali Highway. At this place, the last battle unifying Hawaii was fought, with the losing warriors jumping (or being forced) off the cliffs.
We then crossed back over the mountains on interstate H3 and up through the center of Oahu towards the north shore. But before we got there, we had a 40 minute stop at the Dole Plantation about 10 miles from the coast. That only gave us enough time to tour the garden. DW went wild with her camera. I'll show you a few shots:
Look at the size of this one!
But soon we touring the North Coast. I'll start my next post with Sunset Beach.