S: 30th Anniversary Trip to Hawaii
FC: Hawaii | January 20th - February 5th, 2012
1: Day 1 Oahu PIT to HNL Waikiki Day 2 Oahu Pearl Harbor NCL Pride of America Day 3 Maui Kama'ole I Beach Day 4 Maui Road to Hana Day 5 The Big Island - Hilo Helicopter Volcano Tour Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden 'Akaka Falls Day 6 The Big Island - Kona Fair Wind snorkel trip Day 7 Kauai Kilauea Lighthouse Kapaia Stitchery | Day 8 Kauai Po''ipu Beach Town of Koloa National Tropical Botanical Garden Spouting Horn Day 9 Maui HNL to OGG Makai Nalu Cottage in Lahaina Day 10-15: Maui Lahaina UMC ProDiver Molokini Dive Old Lahaina Luau Nakalele Blowhole / D.T. Fleming Beach Park Kaulana Sunset Cocktail Cruise Day 16/17 Maui / Pittsburgh Hilo Hatties The Maui Ocean Center OGG to PIT Miscellaneous Restaurants Photos that make me laugh Hawaiian Black & Gold | Our Itinerary
4: We left Pittsburgh for Phoenix/Honolulu at oh-dark-thirty on Friday, January 20th. When we left there was snow on the ground and our plane had to be de-iced. We arrived in Hawaii to find sunny skies and absolutely no snow... | Day 1 | De-icing machine | Snow! | More snow!
5: Marshal surprised me at the airport with a Lei Greeting. We were both given beautiful, purple and white leis and escorted to the baggage area by our greeter.
6: Waikiki Beach | We spent our first night in Hawaii at the Marriott on Waikiki Beach. When we arrived at the hotel, we saw a scene from the Hawaii Five-0 TV show being filmed near the elevators. We ate dinner at Jimmy Buffett's and breakfast at the Hula Grill. Marshal tried the banana and macadamia nut pancakes - it seemed like the Hawaiian thing to do...
9: There are some gorgeous flowers growing in Hawaii! | The time change was a bit rough for the first few days, but we eventually got used to it...
10: Day 2
11: On Saturday January 21st, we boarded Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America ship to begin a one week cruise around the Hawaiian islands. After we dropped our luggage off at the ship, we found a taxi and went to visit Pearl Harbor. Our plan was to tour the U.S.S. Missouri and the U.S.S. Bowfin.
12: The best-laid plans of mice and men | often go awry. (Robert Burns, paraphrased) | Joon
13: Our taxi driver turned out to be an 80 y.o. Korean named Joon Hi Rhee. He told us he was born in 1932 and was 9 y.o. on D-day, living in Japanese-occupied Korea. He remembers waking up on D-day, hearing the Japanese yelling "Victory! Victory!" over the radio. He told us how his Japanese teachers used to give them fake hand grenades and taught them to throw the grenades at U.S. soldiers. The Korean children were forced to speak only Japanese in their classroom and were rewarded with candy when they did what their teachers wanted them to do. Joon said that he hates the Japanese. Joon told us that his grandfather was imprisoned for refusing to pay Japanese taxes and was beaten daily. He died in prison at the hands of the Japanese. Joon has lived in Hawaii for 35 years. He used to specialize in tours for the Japanese, as he is fluent in their language. We were surprised that he would do that because of his hatred toward the Japanese, but he said he wanted to take all their money and put it into U.S. banks. Joon was so happy that we were going to Pearl Harbor, he volunteered to wait for us (for free) and drive us back to the ship when we were done. He was convinced that we needed to see the Arizona Memorial and we couldn't say no to him after all the stories he told us. We also toured the U.S.S. Bowfin. We'll have to see the U.S.S. Missouri another time.
14: The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial We were surprised that the ship is still leaking oil. We saw small oil patches appear on the water now and then..
15: The U.S.S. Bowfin self-guided tour...
16: Pride of America
17: Doesn't the lily pad carpet make you want to just hop down the hallway?
18: Day 3 | On our first cruise day, we stopped on Maui. We rented a car and headed to Kihei and hung out at Kama'ole I beach for a while.
19: The cruise ship remained in Maui overnight and the second day we took the Road to Hana with a driver, Paul. He drove the whole circle, beginning in Kahului, south on 37, on to Hana, and up around the north side back to Kahului. | CAUTION - curvy road ahead! | Day 4
20: Road to Hana sights This road has over 600 curves (many of them switchbacks), and a multitude of one-way, narrow bridges...
25: Hawaiian graffiti
27: Rainbow eucalyptus tree...
28: Day 5 | H | I | L | O | After leaving Maui, the ship headed to The Big Island of Hawaii. In Hilo, we flew in a helicopter (without doors!) over an active volcano. On the way back to the airport, we passed over waterfalls and our ship...
33: Following our helicopter ride, we rented a car and stopped at the Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden. We continued on to 'Akaka Falls, stopping at a couple of shops along the way.
34: Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden
40: 'Akaka Waterfall
42: Day 6
43: Our ship moved to the east side of The Big Island (Kona) and the next day we went on a snorkeling trip with Fair Winds, on the Hula Kai boat. We saw whales while traveling to the snorkel sites. | Whale!
47: We next sailed to the island of Kauai. We rented a car and went sightseeing on the North side. Our first stop was the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse. | Day 7
49: The wildlife refuge is home to many birds and there are frequent whale sightings in the waters nearby...
50: The nene (Hawaiian goose) lives 15-25 years.
51: Red-footed boobies... | Whale tails...
52: D | A | P | H | N | E
53: Marshal "allowed" me to stop at the quilt store on Kauai. I found several unusual patterns and some turtle batik fabric. | Chickens and roosters - a common site EVERYWHERE on Kauai! | After we left the quilt shop, it began to pour rain. With no sign that it would let up, we headed back to the ship and ate lunch at The Cadillac Diner. We went up on deck to read, but the rain found us, and we headed down to our cabin to rest and read.
54: Our second day in Kauai, we drove south from the ship and stopped at Po'ipu Beach to walk around. We were hoping to see turtles or seals, but no luck... | Day 8
57: We drove to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, but we were unable to stay around for their guided tour. These photos are from the small walking garden near the visitor center.
58: Near the Botanical Gardens we found Spouting Horn, a blow hole. It was interesting to watch (and listen to!) this waterspout.
60: When we sailed away from Kauai, we detoured to the Northwest side of the island to sail past the Na'pali Coast, which can only be seen from the air, the sea, or by hiking on its trails. The views changed as the sun set in the sky.
64: We disembarked the ship today (Saturday, January 28th) and flew from Oahu to Maui. We drove to Pa'ia to eat lunch and look around while waiting to meet the rental agent at our cottage. | Day 9 | Wood-fired pizza!
65: Cool car! Most of our rental cars were boring, but for our stay on Maui we drove a fun car!
67: Makai Nalu Cottage Lahaina, Maui
70: Day 10
71: We attended the Lahaina United Methodist Church on Sunday. All the female guests were given a lei and guests all stood and introduced themselves during the service. The pastor was dressed in white with a purple and white lei around his neck. He opened the service by having us sing songs while he accompanied us on his u'kulele (he also gives lessons on Saturday mornings). He divided the church into four sections and had each section sing a different song, as a round. The four songs were "I'm Gonna Sing", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "When the Saints Go Marching In", and "This Train".
73: Marshal went on a dive trip with ProDiver Maui to Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. There were some interesting sea creatures that he had never encountered before - the Frogfish, in particular, was very strange, almost prehistoric. Marshal could hear the whale sounds echoing off the crater. He didn't see any turtles; the dive master thought that the sharks in the area had scared them away. | Day 11
78: Octopus! --->
82: Day 12 | We were lazy today and hung around the cottage. I spent a lot of time working on this photo book and we both read a lot. | We had this little visitor stop by - he got himself a drink from the pool, then he found a shady spot under a lounge chair to curl up.
83: The common myna bird was certainly a common sight around our cottage. He is very loud and has a wide variety of sounds in his repertoire. We were often woken up by these birds walking around and talking on our roof! When they fly, they have white areas under their wings and tail - very pretty! | And then there were the centipedes - yikes! We were told to pick them up with tongs and flush them. Our guidebook said that a bite, even from a baby, can be extremely painful and some local doctors say the only cure is to stay drunk for 3 days.
84: Day 13 | It's Luau time! On Wednesday night, we went to the Old Lahaina Lu'au, a traditional hula and feast. The evening began with the uncovering of the kalua pig which had cooked slowly for hours in an imu (underground oven).
88: Day 14 | We took a drive on route 30 north from Lahaina today to see what we could find. We stopped at the Nakalele Blowhole, but it wasn't very active, so we headed to D.T. Fleming Beach (a nice shady beach) for a while.
90: Day 15 | We went on a Sunset Cocktail Cruise on the Kaulana. While waiting for the sun to set, we chased after whales. We saw males trying to impress a female, and a newborn calf with its mom.
96: Days 16/17 | Our last day in Hawaii - we had to check out of our cottage at 10am, but our flight didn't take off until 11:30pm, so we headed out for some more sightseeing and shopping to fill up the time.
97: We stopped at Hilo Hatties, an iconic Hawaiian store. We then drove to Kihei to the Maui Quilt Shop and to Ocean's Bar and Grill for lunch. Then it was on to The Maui Ocean Center to explore the aquarium. | Flounder...it's a weird critter!
98: Aquarium... | Baby eel...
99: and more...
100: More frogfish! Unlike the whitish ones that Marshal saw while diving, these are blending in with the orange coral in the tank...
104: Sunrise over Phoenix from our plane...
105: gone... | Phoenix from the air... | Pittsburgh from the air...
106: Moose McGillycuddys and Hawaiian Shave Ice... | Hard Rock Café and their floating car... | Restaurants
107: This place had great pizza, and we thought their logo was cool! | Cheeseburger in Paradise had cool tiles on their steps... | Longhi's had good food and great views!
108: Things that made me laugh...
109: Hawaiian Black & Gold