S: Our Hawaiian Honeymoon to Oahu & Kauai
FC: Our Hawaiian Honeymoon | O'ahu & Kaua'i
1: The true beauty and breathtaking landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands are memories we will never forget and are so thankful to have had a chance to share them with each other. This was by far the BEST way we could have ever imagining starting our married lives. These pages contain our first adventures and memories as the NEW Mr. & Mrs. Morton! August 18-26, 2008
2: EQUUS | THE | This small hotel, along the Ala Moano Blvd, was where we called home for our first 3 nights. Just one mile from Waikiki Beach, we were able to walk to numerous attractions on the day we did not rent our car or utilize the trolley. | AN AUQA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
3: Downtown Honolulu
4: TO THE MEMORY OF THE GALLANT MEN HERE ENTOMBED AND THEIR SHIPMATES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN ACTIVION ON DECEMBER 7, 1941 ON THE U.S.S. ARIZONA
5: It was an absolute must that we make our way to Pearl Harbor in order to not only see this infamous part of history but also pay respects to those 1,177 soldiers and sailors who lost their lives and ultimately changed the face of history on that December morning. Close to 70 years later, the ship continues to leak over two quarts of oil per day into the waters surrounding the memorial sometimes called "the tears of the Arizona." Although the mood was very somber and experience humbling, there was a lot to be learn about not only about the events of that horrible day but also about the lives the young men and women stationed there.
6: With absolutely beautiful scenery, friendly and wonderful natives and learning, our visit to the DOLE Plantations was certainly a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed a 20 minute ride on the Pineapple Express, along two miles of track which once served as the transportation for the pineapples from out on the plantation. Today, it is still a working plantation, from mango to coffee beans as well as pineapples. Not only did we learn that pineapples grow on a plant not a tree, but also that it takes 18-24 months for a pineapple to grow and that they do not spoil or rot, rather they ferment.
9: Traveling along the shore line of Oahu's north and windward shores are some of the most beautiful landscapes with mountains and the ocean out your windows. With numerous state parks along the Kamehameha Hwy, we had plenty of opportunity to pull off and enjoy the coast. The shore line was not always the smooth sandy beaches we think of but also covered with big black lava rocks in some places. We also spotted our first sea turtle on this drive.
10: Hanauma Bay is a natural preserve that is open to a limited number of beach goers each day. We spent the day soaking in the sun and snorkeling with the sea life. Our time spent here was amazing! | HANAUMA BAY
14: ShoreBird | Restaurant & Beach Grill | It's the thrill of the grill... Located on the shores of Waikiki Beach with wonderful views of Diamond Head, this was truly an "Aloha" experience. We enjoyed an endless buffet and grilled our own dinner just prior to sunset so were were able to enjoy that on the beach.
15: Sunset walk on the Beach
17: Named by British sailors in the 1800's., as it was mistaken for diamonds when they first saw the crater at a great distance. The calcite crystals in the lava rock, from the volcano that has been extinct for over 150,000, years appeared to glimmer in the sunlight. like diamonds. With a 760-foot summit, the hike to the top is a steady climb with with two sets of stairs, one with 99 steps and the other, 76 steps. and a 225-foot unlit tunnel. Once you make it to the top though, you are provided with wonderful views of Honolulu and Waikiki as well as the Pacific Ocean..
18: Waikiki Beach
19: This more than 3 hour round trip ride leaving from Waikiki Beach traveled along the east coast of Oahu all the way to the Dolphin Park, making stops along the way including Hanauma Bay overlook as well ad Diamond Head State Park. Our driver was an Oahu native with a vast knowledge of all the landmarks as well as the legends of the islands.
20: ...flying into Kaua'i from O'ahu
21: This small open air airport was a wonderful "ALOHA" to Kauai. It truly set the pace for the next 4 days...laid back and more than relaxed. | A small open air airport is the perfect way to start your time on this laid back and relaxed island.
22: This beautiful resort located in the small town of Kapaa was our home for the second half of our honeymoon. Not only were the grounds, beach and pool stunning, the rooms were amazing and so spacious.
23: Watching the waves roll in... | hello | hello
24: Kilauea Lighthouse Located on Kauai's north shore near Princeville, this lighthouse began lighting the way for mariners in 1913. It served as a pivotal navigation aid for ships sailing on the Orient run. With the wear of time and harsh marine conditions, the lighthouse is in critical condition and is no longer open to the public but the lands continues to be visited by 500,000 people per year.
25: This ancient volcanic crater is one of the wettest spots on earth and a sacred site in Hawaiian culture. In Hawaiian, it literally means “rippling water” or “overflowing water. This massive mountain at the center of Kauai stands 5,148 feet tall and averages more than 426 inches of rain a year. Atop this mountain is a massive lake from which the island's beautiful waterfalls and rivers are born. Because of the elevation and amount of rainfall the summit of this mountain is only visible a few times a year. | Mt.Waialeale
26: Maniniholo This dry cave's high roof lowers as you walk further to the back of it to the point where there is only a small opening. The interior of the cave used to be twice the size but was filled in as we see it today during a tsunami in 1957. The cave is named after the legendary head fisherman of the Kauai's mythical little people, as it is believed this cave was dug to catch akua (the evil spirit) who was stealing the fish they caught at Ha'ena Beach. Likely, this cave was formed from thousands of years of wave action eroding the cliff's base when the sea levels were higher.
27: Waikapalae This wet cave is a legendary meeting spot for ancient Hawaiian chiefs. The lore behind this popular wet caves in Kauai dances around the goddess Pele. Legend has it she dug and dug in this area, trying to create a foundation for her home, but she passed the earth's soil and struck water which created the renowned cavern we see today. Like the dry caves, though, this cave is a product of erosion when the ocean was higher.
28: HA'ENA STATE PARK
31: KIPU RANCH ATV ADVENTURES Kipu ranch is made up of 3,000 private acres which was once a sugar cane plantation but today is a working cattle ranch. Stretching from the Huleia River to the top of Mt. Haupu, we entered the ranch down the road lined with trees on both sides, denoting you were entering royal property in the days of the Hawaiian Monarchy. This ranch has also been the back drop for many Hollywood movies including Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mighty Joe Young and many more.
32: Spending some time in the waterfalls and springs all born from the rainwater out of the mountains on Kipu Ranch.
33: SPOUTING HORN | This natural wonder occurs as the ocean waves rush under a lava shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface. Every wave produces another spray. Spouting Horn frequently spurts salt water more than 50 feet into the air.
34: Ready to Go!! | Hanging upsidedown | We had a blast zipping across the treetops, rock jumping and rope swinging!
35: Soarin' above the | Waterfall at the swimming hole | Treehouse landing | tree tops
37: Nualolo Kia is a remote beach, along the Na Pali Coast only accessible by boats with a landing permit. This small private beach was where we spent the afternoon with a delicious beach-side lunch, snorkeling, and a guided hike through the ruins of a quaint, 800-year-old Hawaiian fishing village.
39: This canyon was formed by thousands of years of water rushing from Mt. Waialeale's summit. At 10 miles long and 1 mile wide, it has been called "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries and the waterfall and rivers maintain life for the foliage of the canyon.
41: Located in Kokee State Park with an elevation of 4000 ft, this lookout provides a breath-taking panoramic view of Kalalau valley which is the largest valley along the Na Pali Coast.