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Our Hawaiian Vacation January 2011

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1: Itinerary Fly Detroit to Los Angeles to Honolulu Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Waikiki Oahu Island Tour Pearl Harbor Pride of America Embarkation Explore the Road to Hana and Beyond Four Winds II Snorkel and BBQ Iao Valley Volcanoes National Park Richardson Beach Park Fair Wind II Snorkel and BBQ Wailua Falls Waimea Canyon Po'ipu Beach Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour Na Pali Coast Sail-By Pride of America Debarkation Fly Honolulu to Maui Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Old Lahaina Luau Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watch Lahaina West Maui Sights Ka'anapali Beach Black Rock Snorkel Fly Maui to Honolulu to Atlanta to Detroit | Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 - Day 5 - Day 6 - Day 7 - Day 8 - Day 9 - Day 10 - Day 11 - Day 12 - Day 13 - | Oahu: Oahu: Oahu: Maui: Maui: Hilo, HI: Kona, HI: Kauai: Kauai: Oahu: Maui: Maui: Maui: Maui:

2: Day 1 | Leaving the snow behind | Pacific sunset | Pacific coast leaving LA | The Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet | Detroit

3: View from our room | Waikiki Beach

4: Day 2 | Koko Crater | Oahu | The third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is known as The Gathering Place." | It is home to about 75 percent of the | resident population of Hawaii. Oahu is an island of contrasts, from the fast-paced city life of Honolulu and Waikiki to the vast beaches of the North Shore.

5: Manana (Rabbit) Island | Waimanalo Beach Park | Halona (From Here to Eternity) Beach

6: The North Shore | Chinaman's Hat at Kualoa Beach Park

7: Lifeguard Station | Lunch stop at Uncle Bobo's - excellent homemade food.

8: Turtle Beach | We didn't see any turtles here today.

9: Waikiki | Nightlife in Waikiki | Mai Tai's at our hotel - Outrigger Reef on the Beach

10: Anchor recovered from the Arizona. | Day 3 Pearl Harbor | The USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

11: Black teardrops - oil that is still leaking from the USS Arizona. | One of the gun towers from the USS Arizona.

12: The USS Missouri was where Japan's formal surrender was signed on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II. | In 1991, the Mighty Mo was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm.

13: The nine 16-inch guns are the Mighty Mo's trademark feature. Each gun barrel is approximately 67 feet long, weighs an incredible 116 tons, and can fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds - with pinpoint accuracy. | 1940's Crew Berthing - Racks were often stacked 4 to 5 high to accommodate the crew of 2700. | The ship's command center.

14: NCL Pride of America

15: 7-day Cruise of Hawaii | The Aloha Tower in Honolulu

16: Day 4 | The second largest of the Hawaiian islands, Maui is known as the Valley Isle, for the fertile piece of land that cuts between its two impressive shield volcanoes. Formed from the ancient flows of these two volcanoes, Maui has an incredible diversity of nature and landscapes. The rugged red and black volcanic sands of Haleakala National Park, contrasts with the lush jungle coastline surrounding the winding road to Hana. | maui

17: The Road | to Hana | 52 Miles | The Hana Highway is very narrow and winding. It contains 59 bridges and 620 curves.

18: Endless | tropical | beauty | Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees | Waikani (Three Bears) Falls | Lower Puohokamoa Falls | Ke'anae Peninsula

19: Banyan Tree | Picnic lunch stop at Nahiku | Nahiku Rd. | Wailua | Nahiku | Amazing view during lunch.

20: Wai'anapanapa State Park | Pa'iloa Beach

22: The Pools of 'Ohe'o Gulch

23: The rugged road past Hana

24: Four Winds II Morning Snorkel and BBQ Cruise

25: Day 5 Maui

26: Olowalu Turtle Reef Where we swam with Hawaii's green sea turtles.

27: Red Pencil Sea Urchin | Cauliflower Coral

28: Iao Valley | This valley is what remains of the central crater of the West Maui volcano. It was a sacred burying place for chiefs and the location of Maui's last giant battle for supremacy. The Iao Needle is a prominent point sticking up from the valley. With its elevation of 2,250 feet, the peak was used as a lookout by warriors, during periods of warfare.

30: Day 6 | Hawaii's Big Island | The Big Island is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, still forming new land as lava flows down Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Nicknamed the Big Island because of its huge size, Hawaii's volcanic mountains are the largest in the world. This is an island of contrasts, with nearly all of the world's climate zones on the Big Island alone. | Halema'uma'u Crater

31: Steam vents | Mauna Ulu lava flows, 1969-1974 | Pahoehoe lava flow | Pacific coast near the end of Chain of Craters Road

32: Thurston Lava Tube | This lava tube was formed hundreds of years ago and was discovered in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston. Lava tubes are formed when an active low-viscosity lava flow develops a continuous and hard crust, which thickens and forms a roof above the still flowing lava stream.

33: Holei Sea Arch | Chain of Craters Road | Lava flows in 2003, shortened the Chain of Craters Road again.

34: Black sand beach in Hilo, HI

35: More green sea turtles

36: Day 7 Kailua-Kona, HI | Fair Wind II Morning Snorkel and BBQ Cruise to Kealakekua Bay | Captain Cook Monument | Today was the only day it rained during our entire vacation. The rain cancelled our original tour which would have taken us farther away to snorkel.

38: After our snorkel cruise, we had time to enjoy some shopping and a few cocktails in Kailua-Kona before setting sail.

39: Kailua Bay | At this port, we tendered ashore using these boats. Notice the girl paddle boarding with her dog. Spinner dolphins accompanied us back to the ship.

40: Day 8 | Kaua'i | The northernmost and oldest of the Hawaiian islands, Kaua'i is known as The Garden Isle. From the soaring cliffs of the Na Pali Coast to the vast chasms of Waimea Canyon to the sparkling sand beaches, Kauai's magnificent scenery defies description. To preserve this natural beauty, no building is allowed to rise above the height of the coconut trees. | Waimea Canyon State Park | Wailua Falls

41: The Na Pali Coast | Po'ipu Beach | Maluhia Road (Tree Tunnel) | Spouting Horn

42: surf's up | Kekaha Beach, Kaua'i

43: After driving to Waimea Canyon, we ate our picnic lunch at this beach.

44: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour | Day 9 Kaua'i | Our helicopter piloted by Kevin. | Nawiliwili Harbor and Pride of America Cruise Ship. | Lihu'e Airport

45: The opening scene of Jurassic Park, where the dinosaurs are running across the field, was filmed right in front of this tree line. | Our only rainbow seen in The Rainbow State. | Jurassic Park Falls are located on private land, therefore are only visible to the public by air. | The Hule'ia River was used in the opening scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

46: Waimea Canyon, nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Wai'ale'ale (the wettest spot on earth). Each layer of the canyon represents different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. | The Kalalau Valley, above, is the largest valley on the Na Pali coast. Its beach is only reachable by an 11-mile hike or by boat. | Waimea Canyon via Helicopter

47: The Na Pali Coast | Literally meaning the Cliffs in Hawaiian, this 15-mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kaua'i is accessible only by air, sea, or foot, due to its sheer cliffs that drop straight down thousands of feet into the ocean. Many movies have been filmed along this coast using the dramatic background of these steep cliffs.

48: Mt. Wai'ale'ale Crater | This ancient volcanic crater is the wettest spot on earth and a sacred site in Hawaiian culture. Literally meaning rippling water, this massive mountain at the center of Kaua'i stands 5,148 feet tall and is remnants of a shield volcano. The summit averages about 450 inches of rain per year. The summit crater is extremely remote and few have hiked there. Deeply etched waterfalls line the crater walls of this mysterious extinct volcano. | Flying out of the crater.

49: As our amazing helicopter adventure was coming to a close, we were treated to one final spectacular view - Wailua Falls, made famous by the TV show Fantasy Island. This majestic 80-foot tiered waterfall is one of the most beautiful in all of Hawaii. | Wailua Falls

50: Setting sail from Kaua'i

51: The Na Pali Coast Sail-by

52: Southeast side of Oahu | Diamond Head Crater | Waikiki Beach | West Maui | Aerial views

53: Day 10 Maui | We flew back to Maui after the cruise and stayed in Ka'anapali another 4 days. | View from our room.

55: January 22, 2011

56: Day 11 Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watching Tour | From December to early May, the humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 3,000 miles of ocean in less than two-months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the islands warm and shallow waters. Adults typically range in size from 35 to 48 feet, and weigh in at about one ton per foot. During their stay in Hawaii, they do not feed, but rely upon energy stored in their blubber. While swimming off the shore of Maui, we could hear their whale song. | A whale breaching. | A pod of humpback whales.

58: L A H A I N A

59: This banyan tree, planted in 1873, is one of the largest in the world. | No trip to Hawaii is complete without shave ice. | Front Street in downtown Lahaina.

60: Dragon's Teeth | When salty ocean spray and cooled lava rock mix over time, you end up with a beautiful rock formation known as the Dragon's Teeth, located at Makalua-puna Point in Kapalua on Maui's northwestern shore.

62: Nakalele Blowhole is the result of the ocean wearing away the shore below the lava shelf. With each wave, water is forced through a hole in the lava shelf resulting in the "eruption" of water similar to a geyser. | Nakalele Blowhole

64: Dragon's Teeth | D.T. Fleming Beach Park

65: Kahakuloa Head - 636' tall

66: Day 12 Ka'anapali Beach | With three miles of white sand beach and crystal clear water, it's no wonder why Ka'anapali Beach is widely considered to be the best beach on the best island in the world. Separating the two halves of the majestic beach is Black Rock. The ancient Hawaiians believed Black Rock was the jumping off point for their souls, leaving this world. | Black Rock | Our hotel | Ka'anapali Beach

67: Black Rock Snorkel | Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - Hawaii's state fish | Black Rock is one of Maui's best snorkel sites. It is home to an abundance of fish and other marine life. Keeping with tradition, many people dive or jump off Black Rock.

68: Aloha Hawaii... | Day 13

69: A hui hou... until we meet again.

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