S: HAWAII 2011
BC: We Found Our Beach | ALOHA
FC: OAHU & KAUAI | ALOHA
3: Waikiki | Waikiki Sunrise
4: Waikiki Beach
8: Iolani Palace in Honolulu. The only Royal Palace in the United States. | Honolulu traffic not fun... five miles in 45 minutes. We were on The Bus... a girl gets off at a stop light to run into McDonalds... we were still sitting when she came back out.
9: Public Transportation in Honolulu... very unique name don't you think. "The Bus" | An "ABC Store" on every corner. Nothing to do with school... just full of everything from A to Z. | 2011 Aloha Festival Waikiki Hoolaulea Block Party... thousands of tourist and locals.
10: Bird of Paradise Flower
11: December 7th, 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entry into World War II.
12: Pearl Harbor Memorial Honolulu, Oahu | The USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack of Pearl Harbor. Accessible only by boat, it crosses above the middle of the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it.
14: To this day oil can still be seen rising from the wreckage to the surface of the water. The oil seeping is sometimes referred to as "the tears of the Arizona" | Boat ride to the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
16: USS Missouri ("Mighty MO") is a US Navy battleship, and was the fourth ship of the US Navy to be named in honor of the US state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the US and was the site of the surrender of the empire of Japan which ended WWII.
17: USS Bowfin is a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII, and helped to make famous the term, "Silent Service." Bowfin was launched on December 7, 1942, exactly one year to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger, so it is fitting that she is permanently home ported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
20: The trail to the summit of Le'ahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater) was built in 1908 as part of O'ahu's coastal defense system. The volcanic crater was completed in 1911, the Fire Control Station at the summit directed artillery fire from batteries in Waikiki and Fort Tuger outside Diamond Head Crater. | Diamond Head from our hotel.
21: Much of the trail is a natural tuff surface with many switchbacks traversing the steep interior slope of the crater wall.
22: From the parking lot on the crater floor, the trail to the summit is 0.8 miles one way and climbs 560 feet in elevation. There is a paved concrete walkway for a distance of 0.2 miles at the start of the hike, but the trail becomes uneven and steep. Portions of the trail involve steep stairways - another portion of the trail goes through a long, narrow tunnel.
23: At the summit, you'll see the bunkers on the crater rim and a navigational lighthouse built in 1917 along the coast outside the crater.
24: Atlantis Submarine Excursion
26: Atlantis Navatek Ship
27: NAVATEK DINNER CRUISE
28: Duke's Restaurant & Barefoot Bar
29: Honolulu | Aloha Stadium
30: Food & Drinks of the Islands
33: Banyan Trees
36: Grand Hyatt Hotel... one and one half-acre saltwater swimming lagoons in the Garden Island of Kauai
37: Sandy Beach of Kauai... Red Flag (Hazardous) all week.
41: The Sleeping Giant Mountain
46: Taro fields bisected by the Hanalei River
47: This ancient Hawaiian Fishpond can be seen from an overlook on Hulemalu Road. Legend states it was built by the Menehune, leprechaun, in one moonlit night. Archaeologists date the pond to pre-Hawaiian times, around 1,000 years ago. The fishpond fronts the Hule'ia Stream. The wall between the pond and the stream is 900 feet long - an engineering marvel considering when the pond was built.
48: A flooded taro field, called kalo lo'i, are an ancient way of life in Hawaii
49: Hanalei River
50: Lumaha'i Beach of "The South Pacific”
51: Opeakaa Falls
53: Tunnel of Trees | Walter Duncan McBryde, a Scotchman who began cattle ranching in South Kauai, planted these Eucalyptus Trees over 150 years ago. They form a lush corridor on the way to Po'ipu. | Hanalei Pier and Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of island of Kauai
56: Kilauea Lighthouse
58: Plantation Houses | The Historic One-lane Hanalea Bridge, which spans the river of the same name. It was originally built in 1912.
59: Looking off the famous cliff at Shipwreck Beach (by our hotel) that Harrison Ford and Anne Heche jumped off of in "Six Days and Seven Nights." | Some brave cliff jumpers | This is as close to looking over the edge we'd get!! | Backside of the Cliff
62: Zipline Trek Iki Mua Experience
66: Hawaiian Luau Evening
67: The Pig! | A little Poi
72: Our new Zipline Trek Iki Mua, Dinner, Poolside, and Hanalei Valley Excursion Friends
73: I'm hoping my Hawaiian Ti Plant will look like this someday!