Day 7 – Hawaii Trip

We did not have a lot planned for today. We started the day going to Manoa Falls.IMG_0203

The hike was about 30 minutes each way and was a completely different environment than we had been in so far. It was jungle and while not hot, it was very humid.

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IMG_0210We then drove out for a ride on the Oahu Railroad. It took us all the way out to the West coast of Oahu.

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IMG_0214After the train, the family went to spend some time at the beach while I hung out at the condo.

IMG_0216After dinner, we walked around Waikiki and bought a couple of souvenirs.

IMG_0215Now we are preparing ourselves to leave tomorrow. Really looking forward to sitting on a plane for 6 hours (not).

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Day 6 – Hawaii Trip

We slept in a little later this morning. Then we stopped by the Kamehameha Statue that they show in Hawaii 5-0 all the time…

IMG_0180Then we headed all the way to the opposite side of Oahu to the town of Laie. We first stopped of at Lanie Point…

IMG_0187IMG_0188After a quick lunch, we drove by the local Morman temple…

IMG_0189The rest of the day was spent at the Polynesian Cultural Center…

IMG_0192Canoe ride…

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Michael just had to have a fresh coconut…

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Stephen found something he likes to do…

IMG_0199Here is a pic between the luau and the big show at the end of the day…

IMG_0200It was a long day and was an hour long drive back so it is late. Going to bed.

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Day 5 – Hawaii Trip

We started the day going to Diamond Head crater. Here is where we started…

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Then after some steep trails, some stairs, more trails, more stairs, a tunnel that I am sure did not have enough air in it, some more trails, some more stairs, then more stairs, then more stairs, we reached the top rim…

IMG_0145For some reason, the trip back down went a lot quicker. After returning to our car, we drove to the Punchbowl National Cemetery…

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IMG_0151Then we went for a drive around to the north shore. On the way we stopped at a place called the spitting cave.

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IMG_0154We stopped for lunch and then drove back on the H3 interstate. It was incredibly beautiful.

Went back the condo. Vicky, Stephen and Michael went to the beach…

IMG_0163Not being a beach person, I went right behind the beach to the Army Museum…

IMG_0165When I came back, found Michael and Stephen on this…

IMG_0166We then went back to the condo for dinner. Then back to the beach for the Hilton fireworks…

IMG_0171Now we are back at the condo settling in for the night. Until tomorrow.

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Day 4 – Hawaii Trip

The day started early cause it would take all day to see everything at Pearl Harbor…

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We started with a great tour of the USS Missouri…

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The spot where the surrender was signed…

IMG_0114We also visited the USS Bowfin submarine…

IMG_0125And the Pacific Aviation Museum…

IMG_0131And the USS Arizona memorial. Here we are on the boat…

IMG_0130Here are four Chinese warships that were docked in Pearl. We were told they were unexpected. We also spoke with a Chinese naval officer on the Missouri…

IMG_0126After a run by the grocery store for dinner, we were back to the condo for dinner. After, we decided to walk around the neighborhood of Waikiki..

IMG_0138And Michael and Vicky partook of a local favorite…

IMG_0135We are now pretty tired so we are turning in to get energy for tomorrow. Until then.

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Day 3 – Hawaii Trip

We started the morning with breakfast at the hotel in San Diego…

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Then we took the shuttle to the dreaded airport to get an airplane involved in this trip…

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IMG_0092Pretty soon we were on board and away we went…

IMG_0095After a long 5 hours, we caught our first glimpse of where we were headed…

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After a VERY long wait at the car rental place, we went straight to our condo rental. Nice view…

IMG_0097After running to the store to get some food and supplies, we walked to the beach for a look…

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Now, it is to bed early. The time change is really making us tired. Big day tomorrow.

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