Saturday, May 9, 2009

Aloha from Hawaii (Part II)

This is a continuation from our trip to Hawaii. Kev and I enjoyed a week in the sun, after spending some time at Diamond Head and the North Shore, we went shopping OF COURSE! Whenever we go home to the States, a shopping trip is usually a must! After we walked around the mall for several hours, we did go back to our sight-seeing.

We went to Pearl Harbor to check out the memorials. We even went to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Here are a few pictures of the USS Utah Memorial. This was a ship that was bombed by the Japanese in WWII.

This is the old air traffic control tower that was used in the war. You can see how it was damaged in the war. The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is right across the street.

And of course, here are some pictures from the USS Arizona Memorial. Hard to believe the ship still sits on the bottom of the ocean floor.

While Kev and I were at Pearl Harbor, we found this huge banyan tree. Since we have so many of these kind of trees of Okinawa, guess I was surprised to see them on Hawaii. This one had all sorts of carvings on it. Kinda cool.

After visiting the memorials, we ended our day at the movies! Since we don't have the opportunity to view movies on IMAX or 3D for that matter, we opted to see Monsters vs. Aliens--the animated film from DreamWorks. Here I am with my dorky 3D glasses. 3D technology has changed a lot since the 80's and the days of Captain EO. :)

The next day, Kevin and I drove over to Kaneohe Bay. On our way, we stopped at this park to take some pictures at the lookout.

The last day in Hawaii, we went to the Waikiki Aquarium. It's not as large as say the Churaumi Aquarium here in Okinawa or the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, but it's run by the University of Hawaii, so it's nice to support them.

Look! Moon jellies!

On our way home to the hotel, we came across this beautiful sunset.

Since it was Kevin's 31st birthday (imagine spending it in Hawaii!?!)--we decided to get dinner at the Yards Restaurant in Waikiki. This restaurant has about 80 different beers on tap. Not such a big deal for me, but hey, it's HIS birthday. They DO have this wonderful Hawaiian Ahi Poke Salad that is to DIE for though.....soooo good.

This is our plate after we finished the Poke salad. All done. :)

We had a nice time in Hawaii and can't wait to go back.

Enjoy the photos!



Blake and Hollie said...

Loved your photos! Makes me want to go back too. We had the pleasure of going to Hawaii for Christmas (2007) and it was fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Mary and Sean said...

We're fellow Americans in Oki too and we enjoy your blog! We're going to Hawaii next week, so it's great to see all your your opinion, what's on your must-see list there? Check out our blog and drop a recommendation if you have time!

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