|taking Hawaiian Airlines to Oahu for the day|
We were glad that we arrived early and secured our tickets as another couple told Andy that they had been there at Christmas and the tickets were gone really quickly so they had to come back. The person handing out the tickets (which are free) is required to place them in the hand of the person who will use it. This way a big tour bus cannot just collect a bunch to take back to the bus. We only had to wait about 20 minutes for our tour to start.
|the outskirts of Honolulu|
We were taken into a theater and watched a short but really good film about the attack on Pearl Harbor. We then boarded a boat and were driven out to the memorial.
|taking a boat out to the Arizona Memorial|
The memorial structure sits directly on top of the sunken USS Arizona. Some parts of the ship sit above the waterline but most of it is below the water. The USS Arizona still holds the bodies of the men that went down with their ship. It was a very sobering thing to see and I was pleased that the crowd there honored the request to speak quietly and reverently while in the memorial building.
|U.S.S. Arizona Memorial|
There is a wall at the back of the memorial that lists the names of those killed as well as the survivors that later died and were interned with their shipmates. Divers carry their remains down in urns and place them in the ship.
|remains beneath the surface|
After our visit, we hopped in the rental car and went looking for some brunch. We ended up eating lunch at Whole Foods, an organic grocery store located at the local mall. We drove along the coast under bluebird skies dotted with fluffy white clouds headed north and stopped at overlooks and walked down onto beaches.
|Andy, Danny and Laurie stepping out to get a closer look|
|Enjoying the sunshine|
Every beach was different and the further north we went, the harder the surf pounded and the waves got bigger and bigger. We saw a few surfers out braving the waves and passed by a surf competition that was causing a traffic jam.
We drove until late afternoon when we needed to return to the airport and catch our flight back to Maui. The flight is actually less than a half an hour and we arrived back near our hotel in time for dinner at Lulu’s, a local bar and grill. The food was good but we were too tired to even consider dessert. We are back at the hotel considering our plans for tomorrow and ready to go to bed a little early. Until tomorrow….