Tuesday, February 11
Today was an amazing day! Up around 8 to meet for my tour at 9. I took the "Pearl Harbour and Honolulu" tour. We drove to Pearl Harbor first. We had some time to look around before our scheduled time to watch the movie at 11:00. The movie was an excellent overview of what took place on December 7, 1941. We exited the theatre straight on to the boat that took us to the Arizona Memorial. We had about 15 minutes to walk around and see the remains of the Arizona just under the water (and some above). 1177 American servicemen died on board and most of their remains lie encased in her hull.
When we returned on the boat we had an hour to look at the various exhibits. The whole area is well maintained and well run. On the return to Honolulu we stopped at Pali Lookout, drove through the Punchbowl cemetery, passed the Iolani Palace and the statue of King Kamehameha and then back to the ship. We returned at 3:25 and the pick-up for the luau was 3:30.
The ride out to Germaine's was long because of rush hour traffic but our guide, Kii (pronounced Kee-ee) kept us entertained. With the meal you received three tickets for alcoholic beverages (I gave one away) and all the soft drinks/tea/coffee you wanted. After watching the pig being removed from the pit and the welcoming show it was time to eat. The pork was delicious as was the chicken. I tried poi (made from the root of the taro plant). It wasn't bad but it was not real tasty either. After dinner the show highlighted the culture of various Polynesian cultures. The ride back was much faster than going (no traffic) and we were back on the ship by 10:30.
We sailed away at 11:30 p.m. and there was a party on deck 9.
I can certainly understand why people love the islands of Hawaii.
Thanks to all who are keeping up with this blog and I enjoy reading the comments. A special "hi" to my SJMS friends (who I understand have Thursday off!).
remains of the Arizona
the Missouri (the ship on which the peace treaty with Japan was signed on September 2, 1945)
Smooth sailing until next time!