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Post Recession Scramble

World War II and Volcanos


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

When I got to Hawaii, I had to reorganize a lot of my plans because of our companies cutting back on tours or even going out of business due to the recession.

Wednesday 16 June 2010 - Flying to Honolulu

My grandson's camera was back from the repair shop.

My daughter took us to the airport and we gate checked two bags.

Baggage check-in

Baggage check-in

Only $20 each because I bought the tickets a long time ago. I tipped the skycap $5.00. Waited for the wheelchair and went through security. This time they wanted my grandson's ID but no questions about whether I should be traveling with him. I've never gotten any questions except for the first trip.

I waited for the flight in the wheelchair. They have this weird ice sculpture thing in the airport waiting area. Since Dallas temps were running around 100 deg F, it wasn't that appropriate IMHO
Ice crystal sculpture in gate area

Ice crystal sculpture in gate area

My grandson bought himself a root beer. I was wheeled down to the plane and walked to seats 40 H and J - behind the wings.
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Taking off


My grandson did not sleep much. (I bought him earphones so he could watch the movie.) He watched the first movie (Me and Orson Wells) and played with his game during the second movie (Bride Wars). We each got a sandwich
Turkey sandwich

Turkey sandwich


and I got two cookies. I did sleep some. I periodically took photos.
Buttes

Buttes

100_5027.JPGIsland-Coming into Honolulu

Island-Coming into Honolulu


When we came in to land, I saw that Honolulu has HUGE runways. Very long. The 13,097-foot runway was declared the longest in the world in 1953. The principal runway designated 8R/26L, also known as the Reef Runway, was the world's first major runway constructed entirely offshore. Completed in 1977, the Reef Runway is a designated alternate landing site for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space shuttle.
Reef Runway

Reef Runway


After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the military took over the airport and grounded civilian aircraft. Rogers Field was designated Naval Air Station Honolulu. The Navy built a control tower and terminal building. Some civilian commercial traffic was allowed during daylight hours. By 1946. when the airport was returned to civilian control it was, at 4,019 acres, one of the largest airports in the U.S., with four paved land runways and three seaplane runways It still has four major runways, which it shares with the neighboring Hickam Air Force Base.
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It is a Hawaiian Airlines hub
Landing

Landing

Runway area after landing

Runway area after landing


Arrived in Hawaii on time and had a wheelchair to baggage claim - my bag was one of the last to come out. My grandson insisted that there was only a 4 hour difference (according to his phone). He called his mother and checked - he hadn't accounted for daylight saving.

I decided not to try the downtown shuttle. We got a taxi from the airport.
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Waiting for a taxi from airport and Taxi drivers ID


Since I had decided not to rent a car (I didn't want to have to worry about parking.),
Taxi in Honolulu traffic

Taxi in Honolulu traffic


there were a couple of occasions when we took taxis. By law, the charges for taxi are set by the City Counsel. They apply to any taxi or limousine with a dome light on its roof. They may not be altered by taxi drivers. Most taxi companies will offer flat rates to various locations on the island, or will quote you a flat rate for a destination you determine. The rates quoted Do NOT include tips. Tips at 20% suggested, must be added to the final taxi fare.
Palm trees at the airport

Palm trees at the airport


Most of the drivers wanted to be paid in cash which wouldn't have been a problem except that I didn't have that much cash with me as I expected them to take a credit card. Fare from the airport was $35 - no credit cards accepted. I gave him a $50.00 and got ten back.

tiki torches

tiki torches


We checked in to the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber.
Ohana hotel sign

Ohana hotel sign


I booked this hotel through AAA after extensive research because I wanted to be where I could get inexpensive transportation to see Honolulu. The hotel has a ride coupon for rides on the trolley which had a stop right in front of the hotel. Waikiki Trolleys are classic street reproductions of San Francisco cable cars with authentic brass and wood trimmings and best of all,
Red Waikiki Trolley

Red Waikiki Trolley


no windows to reflect when taking photos. Before I came to Hawaii I carefully planned out our routes on the trolley. In actual practice, the trolley routes had been considerably shortened, so some of the places I wanted to go were no longer available on the trolley

The hotel is on a small street (alley) and about a block from the beach. The front desk is up on the second floor - there is an escalator. They take your bags on the ground floor and you go up the escalator. After you register and get your keys, you use the keys to operate the elevator. The hotel has no intrinsic restaurant, but also on the second floor with the pool is a Jimmy Buffet's Restaurant.
Pool area

Pool area


I thought it was a very nice hotel. We had a Partial Ocean View room with a balcony where we can see the beach from one side of it.
Taking a photo from our balcony

Taking a photo from our balcony

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View of the ocean

x100_5055.JPGView toward the mountains

View toward the mountains


Nice bathtub like ours at home where I can sit down on the corner to shower
Bathtub

Bathtub

Sink

Sink


and a microwave and fridge. They gave us a beach bag - we could get towels from the pool to go to the beach. In addition to the balcony, the microwave and the fridge, this was the list of amenities from their website.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock/radio with MP3 player

Beds

Beds

  • Cable TV
  • Card key access to guest room
  • Coffee maker

Mirror and coffee set-up

Mirror and coffee set-up

  • Complimentary wired high-speed Internet access
  • Daily maid service
  • Direct dial telephone/data port/voice mail
  • Hair dryer
  • Half bathtub/shower with hand-held shower head
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and board

My grandson went out to get himself a snack. I got a call from my friend and we arranged to meet at the Ala Moana Center and have dinner. The Pink Trolley is free and does a round trip out to the Ala Moana Center and back to the Galleria Waikiki. Ala Moana Center, commonly known simply as Ala Moana, is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii. It is also the fifteenth largest shopping mall in the United States, and the largest open-air shopping center in the world. We went out there and met an internet friend of mine and ate in the Food Court. Keep in mind that the pick up and drop off for the Pink Trolley are in different places

I called the tour for tomorrow - they would be picking us up at 6:20, but the restaurant here doesn't open until 7.

Problem.

We can get pizza delivered the night before so not so much of a problem now.

Just as we were leaving for the Ala Moana Center the tour place called. The air part of the tour is canceled because the company went out of business and the land part is now going to be Friday instead of tomorrow because they are having trouble with their van. There is now a problem with the changed tour times and that is that another guy I was going to meet on Friday can not wait as late as the Pearl Harbor tour will be and I have no way to get in touch with him to ask if we can to it tomorrow instead.

We went out to the trolley stop to get the pink shopping trolley.
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Some of the yellow and blue route trolleys came first.
Yellow and blue trolleys

Yellow and blue trolleys


When the pink trolley came,
Pink trolley

Pink trolley


it took us on a tour of downtown
Along the beach

Along the beach


A cruise ship - not ours

A cruise ship - not ours


and then went out to the Ala Moana Center - we met at Zippy's for dinner.
Friend and grandson

Friend and grandson


Zippy's root beer

Zippy's root beer


My grandson had a hamburger steak
Hamburger steak

Hamburger steak


and couldn't eat all of it. I had a corned beef sandwich and cornbread and a float. Then we followed the footprints
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to get the pink shuttle back to the hotel
Going back to the hotel

Going back to the hotel


and went to bed about 9 am.

Thursday June 17th

My grandson was up at about 5:30 our time. He says he has no jet lag. I'm not so sure about myself. We were supposed to have Pearl Harbor tours on two days but the part of the tour in an airplane fell through because the company went out of business. So we had a free day. So plan B - We were getting the trolley to the Bishop Center this morning.

We ate breakfast at Jimmy Buffets.
Jimmy Buffet's for breakfast

Jimmy Buffet's for breakfast

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Table at Jimmy Buffets with a photo of Diamond Head light, and J's photo of the lights over our table

Waiting for his breakfast with his new camera in front of him

Waiting for his breakfast with his new camera in front of him


He had an omelet
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His breakfast from my side of the table and His picture of his cheese omelet


and I had oatmeal.
Raisins and brown sugar and cream for my oatmeal - J's photo

Raisins and brown sugar and cream for my oatmeal - J's photo


We get a 20% discount if we are hotel guests.

I'm not much of a beach person because I don't like lying on the sand in the sun, and I've had two melanomas removed. I did not expect that my grandson would be either since he had remarked "My mother made me take swimming lessons". I picked up beach towels from the pool as my grandson suddenly decided he'd like to go to the beach - he said he would try surfing if I would!!!! Then I asked him about the Bishop Museum and he changed his mind about going to the beach this morning and so as noted above we went to the Bishop Museum. Before we left, I went to a cash machine to replenish the money that I had spent on a cab.

I knew the hotel gave us a one day pass on the Trolley. I wanted to use the a one day pass to go to the Bishop museum and then transfer and go out to Diamond Head. I ran into two problems. One was that the Bishop museum was taken off the trolley tour and so we took the bus. The second problem was that when we got back to the hotel from the Bishop Museum, I could not find the ticket place.

We were told that the #2 or #13 bus (The Bus) would go to the museum, but we just missed a #2. Waiting for TheBus

Waiting for TheBus


The Bus

The Bus


The fare was $2.25 for adults and $1.00 for kids and there is some kind of reduced fare for disabled seniors but I don't know what it was. I had the fare out, but only managed to find $1.25 and the driver said that was enough.
Close-up of the door

Close-up of the door


I guess I look like a disabled senior. The driver and other pax were very helpful about where to get off and where to go after that. We got transfers.
Walking to the Bishop Museum

Walking to the Bishop Museum

Grounds of the Bishop Museum inside the gate

Grounds of the Bishop Museum inside the gate


The bus doesn't go directly to the museum - there is a two block walk, plus the gate is about another block from the buildings
Science Adventure Center

Science Adventure Center


We went first to the Science Adventure Center.
Metal disc mural imitating water

Metal disc mural imitating water

Tunnel with UV drawings - represents undersea life

Tunnel with UV drawings - represents undersea life


We were told that there would be a lava melting demonstration in about 10 minutes, so we went up to see that. There was a very noisy furnace going behind a steel mesh curtain, heating up the lava rocks. The demonstrating person passed around various kinds of lava to the audience, and then he opened the curtain a little and put on turnout gear (like firefighters wear)
Melting Lava demo

Melting Lava demo


and poured out the lava in a red glowing stream.
Lava behind the curtain with flash

Lava behind the curtain with flash


Glowing lava

Glowing lava


My grandson played with the remote control underwater robot.
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J working undersea robot

Remote control robot

Remote control robot


We looked down into where the underwater robot operates.
Looking down into the robot water tank

Looking down into the robot water tank


and looked at the volcano model
Grandson's photo of the top of volcano demonstration

Grandson's photo of the top of volcano demonstration


We also saw information on volcano tubes.

We had lunch
Quiche and salad

Quiche and salad


(I had quiche and my grandson had grilled cheese) and then we went to the Planetarium for a talk on how the Polynesians got to Hawaii using the stars.
From the Science Adventure Center planetarium window

From the Science Adventure Center planetarium window


Planetarium in Bishop Museum grounds

Planetarium in Bishop Museum grounds


Although I thought it was semi-interesting, I almost went to sleep (maybe jet lag) and my grandson thought it was boring.
BIshop museum - main building

BIshop museum - main building


My sister was sad that we missed all the stuff in the main building like the feather capes, but I think my grandson would have found that just as boring as the planetarium.
Cattle egret

Cattle egret

Leaving the Bishop museum

Leaving the Bishop museum


As we walked up to the bus stop i saw there was a bus there - I told my grandson to run up and tell the driver I was coming, but he misunderstood and thought I just wanted to know what bus it was. So we missed it.
The BUS

The BUS


Eventually got on a #2 and went back to where I thought we could buy a ticket for the trolley that went to Diamond Head. But the map that the hotel marked for me was wrong. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel was right across the street from our hotel and that was where the map had been marked to get tickets so I went in and asked. They said the depot was at the Royal Hawaiian Center several blocks away. I was tired of walking, and I figured the tickets would be about $22 each ($44 total), so I asked how much a cab would be and the girl at the Royal Hawaiian's excursion desk said she thought $20 each way. No contest - I would get a cab. The guy at the desk of the hotel called one for me. I felt I probably ought to tip him because I wasn't even a guest there, but didn't think of it in time.

I looked up the lighthouses I might see in Honolulu and found that Diamond Head actually had an active lighthouse. I thought I could get out there on one of the trolleys, but it turned out to be more expensive and less convenient to do it that way than just to take a taxi out. I also got a photo from the plane when we were leaving, but it was out of focus.
Photo from the plane

Photo from the plane


Anyway the cab whisked us out to the lighthouse.

Entering the crater

Entering the crater

Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head Crater


The station was established in 1899 and the original lighthouse was similar to the present one, but it was an iron skeletal tower enclosed by coral rock walls.
Historic coast Guard photo

Historic coast Guard photo


The lighthouse is a square pyramidal reinforced concrete tower, topped by a round watch room and lantern. It is an active lighthouse. The red sector warns boats about the nearby reefs.

The present lighthouse is painted white; lantern roof is red. The 1-story wood keeper's house (1921) is the residence of the Coast Guard district commandant. The historic Coast Guard photo of the lighthouse is photo 5. Site and tower closed
Diamond Head Lighthouse

Diamond Head Lighthouse

The sign says in part:
Diamond Head Lighthouse is a prominent symbol of Hawaiian history to residents and visitors alike. The lighthouse rests aside a tuff-cone volcano formed by explosive eruptions thousands of years ago...
Sign about Diamond Head light

Sign about Diamond Head light


The first lighthouse on this site was built in 1899. It was rebuilt in 1917 when cracks developed in the earlier structure The Diamond Head Lighthouse still uses the original Fresnel Lens. The flash of a modern 1000-watt electric bulb is focused by the lens so it can be seen more than 18 miles out to sea.

The lantern room of Diamond Head Lighthouse

The lantern room of Diamond Head Lighthouse


Then the driver drove us into the crater and back out.
Red Line Trolley at Diamond Head

Red Line Trolley at Diamond Head


When we got back to the hotel, the fare was $35.10, and I gave him $30 and was looking for another $10 bill when he said that was sufficient. So I thanked him.
Pizza box-J. wants to know what makes pizza honest

Pizza box-J. wants to know what makes pizza honest


We ordered pizza for dinner thinking that we could have some before the tour in the morning. My grandson had sausage
J's pizza

J's pizza


and I had Hawaiian. I also ordered cheese bread. It was delivered to the room. My grandson went to get ice and bought himself a soda. We put the leftovers in the fridge
International Market - as it was in 2010

International Market - as it was in 2010


He has been going down to the hotel gift shop and the international market which is near us and buying stuff. We decided we were too tired to go to the beach this evening. Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor

Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 08:36 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Ford Island AKA Pearl Harbor

Visiting the USS Bowfin Submarine the USS Arizona, the USS Missouri, and the Pacific Air museum


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Pearl Harbor is the harbor - that is it isn't land, it is water. The place you visit when you go to Pearl Harbor is

Ford Island

Since Tour 1 was canceled, we were taking tour 2 - A Day at Pearl Harbor 6:15 AM 4:45 PM for $99.00 and this included the guide and transportation as well as
• Admission to USS Bowfin Submarine ($10.00 value)
• Admission to Missouri Battleship ($20.00 value)
• Pacific Aviation Museum Admission ($25.00 value which is totally worth it)

June 18, 2010

Set the automatic wake-up call for 5:30 and it came at 5:20 and asked if I wanted another call in 10 minutes. Since the phone is NOT by the bed, I was already up, so I declined. It was obvious that it had rained last night. My grandson and I each ate a piece of pizza
Grandson- pizza for breakfast

Grandson- pizza for breakfast


and applied sunscreen and went down to meet the van about 6:10 for what was advertised as a 6:15 pickup.
Bike rack in front of hotel

Bike rack in front of hotel


The van was about 20 minutes late.
Stadium where pro bowl is played sometimes

Stadium where pro bowl is played sometimes


Entrance to the park

Entrance to the park

Our group filing in at 7:15 -  j. in a blue shirt

Our group filing in at 7:15 - j. in a blue shirt


Walking in behind our guide in the red shirt

Walking in behind our guide in the red shirt


First we went to the Pearl Harbor Visitor's center.
Bookstore and visitor's center

Bookstore and visitor's center


Stamps in the NP Passport

Stamps in the NP Passport


We were to meet back at the Pacific Ocean (map on the sidewalk). They had already gotten our tickets for us with a time to visit.
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Apparently they were all sold out of times by 10:40 today. At least we didn't have to wait in line for the tickets.
Circle of Survivors

Circle of Survivors


Since our time for the shuttle to the Arizona was 9:40,
USS Bowfin

USS Bowfin


we were to visit the submarine first and then see the movie and then line up for the boat.

I did go into the submarine but it was a struggle.
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Grandson on deck and going down the hatch


My feet don't pick up high enough to get across the hatch threshold. So I would put my cane on the other side of the hatch, pick one foot up and put it through, and then get my body through, stand on that first foot and then pull the other foot after me steadying myself with the cane. We took lots of photos.
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Hatch on deck and Hatch looking up


Torpedo tube

Torpedo tube

Bowfin controls

Bowfin controls


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Typewriter and Safe in the office

Office

Office


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Bunk and Sink


numbers are for audio tour

numbers are for audio tour


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Galley

Galley

Galley

Sample menu

Sample menu

Crew mess

Crew mess

Brass bell

Brass bell


Some places on the sub (like the
Officer's Mess

Officer's Mess


I recognized from when I've been aboard with Bob long ago.

Then I rested and visited the bathroom, and hobbled over to the movie
Temporary video theater

Temporary video theater


which was in a temporary theatre - they are re-doing the visitor's center. The movie was very touching. Then I just sat and waited for the 9:40 ride and took pictures of the banded doves
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Banded dove


There were a lot of these - they are not native to Hawaii. This had the advantage of that we heard the 9:20 speech before going out in the shuttle boat - our 9:40 speech was nil. They let the wheelchair and crippled people like me board first. I sat in the front on the port side.
Boat to Arizona Memorial

Boat to Arizona Memorial

On the boat on the way out to the Arizona memorial

On the boat on the way out to the Arizona memorial


My grandson sat in front of me. It was kind of spitting rain - nothing hard, but the sun was behind a cloud.
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Arizona


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Nevada memorial

Steps to the entrance

Steps to the entrance


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Sticking out above the water

Detail

Detail


Map of Arizona memorial

Map of Arizona memorial


We were instructed not to stop on the way in. I took some pictures, including one of a barracuda hanging around the ship which did not turn out. But the sun was behind a cloud and it was hard to see anything.
Cloudy day with rain showers

Cloudy day with rain showers


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Arizona memorial

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When the sun came out we could see better, including the oil slick which you can't really see if there's no sun.
oil sheen

oil sheen


My daughter said that her photos when my mother took her to the Arizona memorial were almost identical to the ones that we took 30 some years later.
Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor


We were loaded back on the bus and driven to the
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USS Missouri


Approaching the Missouri

Approaching the Missouri

Lining up

Lining up


We did have our picture taken.
Missouri photo

Missouri photo


I was told that I could go up in the elevator, but not told that I could have a wheelchair. So my grandson went on without me - I was too tired to climb around on another ship
USS MIssouri

USS MIssouri

Memorial plaque on the USS Missouri

Memorial plaque on the USS Missouri


and Bob has really only served on subs and carriers - no battleships.
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Souvenir

Souvenir


I went into the store which had A/C and sat on the floor next to the drink cooler after I got an iced tea and a snickers bar. My iced tea top rolled under the cooler and I tried to retrieve it with my hat but didn't get it and got my hat full of dust bunnies and dirt. One of the people warned me that tea is a diuretic and I'd have to 'go'. I don't know if that was it or not, but my ankles are not swollen anymore.

The people were apparently unhappy with me sitting there so they brought me a wheelchair and took me up the elevator.Elevator on the Missouri

Elevator on the Missouri


But I didn't see my grandson anywhere.
Location 5 - the Fan Tail of the Missouri

Location 5 - the Fan Tail of the Missouri


So I rolled down the deck (it was not level) to the fan tail.
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Flags on the Missouri Fan Tail


Then I saw him finishing his tour and he took me back down the elevator and we went to look at the memorial for the
USS Oklahoma

USS Oklahoma


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Oklahoma memorial


They were very adamant that we were not to take pictures on the base, but I did take some of the Missouri from outside the gate.
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We got back on the bus and went to the Pacific Air museum.
Museum armband

Museum armband


Here we ate lunch.
Grandson's hamburger

Grandson's hamburger


My grandson had a burger
Pulled pork

Pulled pork


and I had a pulled pork sandwich. We had a very nice tour of the museum
Diagram of the harbor

Diagram of the harbor

The deadly armada

The deadly armada


with a tour guide who explained why the Zero was constructed as it was and the strengths and weakness.
Pacific Air Museum - Japanese plane

Pacific Air Museum - Japanese plane


He also explained the types of bombs that were used.
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Civilian plane


He showed us the small two seater plane - civilian which happened to be in the air at the time of the attack. They had a
Model figure of General Doolittle next to the Ruptured Duck

Model figure of General Doolittle next to the Ruptured Duck

Route of attack

Route of attack


and the yellow biplane trainer which was was the trainer flown by all the military pilots at that time.
Yellow biplane trainer

Yellow biplane trainer


After the tour, while my grandson was shopping, I took some photos of the air traffic control tower that was there in 1940.
Old air traffic control tower from 1940

Old air traffic control tower from 1940


Then we did a drive-through of the city (photos are taken from the bus) including the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - aka the Punch Bowl
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Punchbowl cemetery


Inscribed on one of the entrance pillars is this poem

From The Bivouac Of The Dead
by Theodore O'Hara
The muffled drums sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

Myna bird (non-native from Asia)

Myna bird (non-native from Asia)


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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Length of the cemetery to the flag

Length of the cemetery to the flag

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Looking over the city


We went by the Iolani Palace
4902863-Behind_the_fence_Honolulu.jpgFence around the palace

Fence around the palace


and they told us about it, but we did not have a chance to go in. It was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty and ending with Queen Liliuokalani under the Kalakaua Dynasty, founded by her brother, King David Kalakaua
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Gates

Another view from the bus

Another view from the bus

Near the palace

Near the palace


and through the middle of the city
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Reflections

Reflection of our minibus

Reflection of our minibus


and the tour included every house that Obama's family ever lived in or place he worked or had been in any way associated with him.
Roosevelt HS (Obama's HS)

Roosevelt HS (Obama's HS)


We got back about 4:30. My grandson thought we might go swimming, but we were both tired, and so we just finished up the pizza for dinner.
Pizza

Pizza


Tomorrow we board the Pride of America

Posted by greatgrandmaR 21:16 Archived in USA Tagged museum oklahoma submarine pearl_harbor punch_bowl u.s.s.missouri ariizona bowfin Comments (0)

The PRIDE of America

Boarding a cruise ship with mostly American crew


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

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One way to sample a little bit of the various islands is to go on the NCL America (Norwegian Cruise Lines of America) ship Pride of America. The ship departs each Saturday evening and brings you back the following Saturday morning. They visit Maui for two days, the Big Island (Hilo and Kona) and Kauai (a day and a half).

Other ships visit the islands, but they start off from Mexico or the west coast of the US and cross the Pacific to Hawaii, cruise the islands and then cruise back to the mainland. This takes at least two weeks. And they only run in the fall, winter and spring. If you want to go in the summertime, you basically have to take the Pride.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

This morning, I got up about 5:30 and edited some photos and posted them while I still have hi-speed and free internet. Then we went to Jimmy Buffets for breakfast. They were having some kind of meeting in the main restaurant so we had to eat on the patio and do the buffet.
Building across the street from the hotel

Building across the street from the hotel

Jimmy Buffet's Restaurant Patio

Jimmy Buffet's Restaurant Patio


He's 12 so he can have the child's buffet which was $9.45. He had pancakes, and dry cereal
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My photo and His photo of his breakfast


and a huge omelet,
His omelet

His omelet


while I just got a bagel and bacon and juice
My breakfast

My breakfast


There was a ladybug on the table.
Ladybug at breakfast

Ladybug at breakfast


After we finished playing with the ladybug, I got my grandson to put it in the shrubbery
Marauding myna bird at breakfast

Marauding myna bird at breakfast


so it wouldn't get eaten by one of the birds that were cruising the tables

We finished packing and checked out by phone. We struggled down with our bags and asked for a taxi. But there was a Gay Pride parade in front of the hotel
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Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parade

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Gay Pride Parade


so the taxi had to come in from the back. While we waited, my grandson took some pictures of the parade. He wanted to know why people would be proud of being Gay. I told him to ask his mother that question when he got home. (Because I did not know what his father would want me to say)
Alley beside hotel from the taxi as we were leaving

Alley beside hotel from the taxi as we were leaving


The taxi driver didn't appear to speak much English - he mostly talked to the dispatcher in Hawaiian or Japanese. He spent his time hunched over the wheel as if he couldn't see well, and humming to himself. He dropped us off outside the gate.

I suddenly realized that I had not printed out ship boarding passes. I had registered so far in advance that couldn't print them out. But they let me in the gate without them but told me I couldn't go inside or check the bags until noon. So we went and sat.

When I saw some baggage men come out, I asked one of them and he took the checked bags including my grandson's backpack with his computer and passport. He said I should go inside and sit. So I did that.

Then someone inside said I could go and register, so we had our embarkation photo taken
Boarding photo

Boarding photo


and went through security. I beeped and had to be wanded. I had forgotten to take my cell phone out of my pocket (I so seldom use it) and I had a NCL Latitudes pin on.

We registered. They did not ask for my permission to have my grandson with me. We got group one to board. I asked for a wheelchair so the lady at the Latitudes desk said she would get one for me. They gave us ladies a flower for our ear,
4889672-My_flower_Honolulu.jpgMy flower

My flower


and did some hula demonstrations (I took a video but the computer ate it)
Hawaiian dancer at embarkation

Hawaiian dancer at embarkation


and gave us fresh coconut while we waited. Finally at noon, the wheelchair pushers came and my lady snagged one for me.

He took us up to the buffet.
Seats in the Aloha cafe (the buffet)

Seats in the Aloha cafe (the buffet)


My grandson had all his fav foods - bread, mashed and fried potatoes, corn on the cob, pizza. And he had a root beer.
J.'s lunch

J.'s lunch


My lunch was a chicken Ceasar salad, cheese and spinach turnover and an oatmeal raisin cookie
My lunch

My lunch


We took some photos from the buffet deck of the harbor
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Plane leaving airport and Coast guard ship

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Playground on shore

Aloha tower

Aloha tower


and I hadn't gotten a photo of the Aloha tower before so we took pictures of that too.
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Tower from the ship


When the Aloha Tower was built in 1926, a brilliant navigation light was displayed from the top of the tower. Although it was maintained privately, the tower was an important beacon for ships arriving in Honolulu. It has been inactive as a navigational aid since the late 1960s although it is floodlit at night. The Aloha Tower is a 184 ft square masonry tower topped by a domed cupola.

Aloha tower

Aloha tower

We looked at them bunkering (taking on fuel).
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Bunkering


They had a band playing in the atrium.
Musicians

Musicians

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Atrium elevators and Stairs in the centrum from the elevator

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The Great Seal and States names as decoration around edge of center atrium


I thought maybe I could sneak in at 1300 (as I have been able to on other ships)
Rope off corridor to room

Rope off corridor to room


but the hall was roped off with a yellow rope and the rooms were obviously not ready. So I went to the internet cafe to look at emails while I was waiting.

Since we couldn't get into our rooms yet, so my grandson went off to explore the ship.
Diagram of the ship

Diagram of the ship


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Promenade deck


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Decoration by elevators

Elevators

Elevators

Shuffleboard court

Shuffleboard court

Main Liberty dining room

Main Liberty dining room

Theatre

Theatre

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24 hour Cadillac Diner


We went to the lifeboat drill.
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Life boat drill


We finally got into the rooms at 1600. Way too late. And the rooms were not clean. I found a towel stuck in the top of the shower curtain.

Our room has a closet on one side at the entrance - hangers
empty hangers

empty hangers


and some open shelves at the end and at the other end a ladder.
inside the closet

inside the closet


The ladder is to get into the upper bunks - we have a room for four. Then there is the TV area
TV

TV


which has a top shelf where the bedspreads are kept. Then the next level is a small fridge and the TV (which has ESPN, CNN, Fox News, and TNT) Then is a shelf with the ice bucket.
Ice bucket area

Ice bucket area


Then there are two deep drawers and some shelves where we are keeping the beach towels and a stool.

Twin beds each have their own reading light, and a little table - just a table - no shelves or drawers.
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Bottom of his bed


Between the beds is a window which looks out on the mechanism to launch the lifeboats,
View from the window

View from the window


and we can see part of the promenade deck.
Desk - hair driver, my computer and phone on the wall

Desk - hair driver, my computer and phone on the wall


On the other side from the TV is the desk/vanity with a mirror and hairdryer, two deep drawers, and the plugs. Above this is the cabinet with the safe and a shelf above that.

The bathroom has a shower, sink, small medicine cabinet behind a mirror
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Glasses holders


and a toilet.
Toilet

Toilet


There appear to be two trash bins made of metal and recessed into the shelf under the sink.
bathroom waste basket

bathroom waste basket


Shower curtain with rods

Shower curtain with rods


The shower curtain has rods in it so it hangs straight

There was a rainbow as we were leaving
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Corridor to our cabin

Corridor to our cabin


We went to dinner at 5:30 in the lower Skyline Restaurant.
Skyline dining room

Skyline dining room

Kitchen Skyline dining room

Kitchen Skyline dining room


I had the peach soup which unfortunately appeared to have some kind of nuts in it (trying to avoid nuts). Both of us got steak. He had fries
His photo of his dinner

His photo of his dinner


and I had a baked potato.
My steak and potato

My steak and potato


Then I had a small sliver of coconut cheesecake.
A small sliver of coconut cheesecake.

A small sliver of coconut cheesecake.


Tomorrow we will be in Maui

Posted by greatgrandmaR 14:31 Archived in USA Comments (2)

How do You Like Haleakala?

First Day in Maui


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Maui

Maui


We were in Maui for two days and had two terrific tours

June 20, 2010-Tour to Haleakala

My grandson said he had been waking up at 5:30 so I did not set a wake-up call and of course we didn't wake up until 6:30. We threw on our clothes and went up to the buffet to eat. I had bacon and a bagel and cranberry juice. I also stuck a roll in my pocket.

He could not find his passport (he needs a photo ID to get back to the ship), so he gave me his backpack and I found it. Then I told him to put the backpack away and when he did this he stood up suddenly and whacked his head a very good one on the folded back upper bunk.
Grandson's bunk with folded top bunk bed

Grandson's bunk with folded top bunk bed

I did not know whether I should take him to the doctor or not, but decided not to.
Haleakala Tour Ticket

Haleakala Tour Ticket


Our tour today was the Haleakala volcano. I walked out to the gate on shore
Walking out to the bus

Walking out to the bus

Welcome to Maui

Welcome to Maui

Pride of America

Pride of America


but he was caught by the photographer bird.
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They put me and another lady aside to sit up front on the bus, which was good.

My grandson (with a headache from coming up under the bunk bed) sat in the back by a window. But the bus driver made him come and sit by me which annoyed him VERY much. He was having trouble taking photos from that seat.
Road to Haleakala

Road to Haleakala


Heading for Haleakala

Heading for Haleakala


On the way up to the Haleakala Crater, we stopped to give people a chance to get a cup of coffee and to to snap a photo of
Sculpture in Tom Cruise's garden

Sculpture in Tom Cruise's garden

We drove up to the top of the crater and it was an extremely windy road - filled with switchbacks. My tour ticket said that I should not take this tour if I was prone to motion sickness.

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To illustrate: Our bus driver told this joke:

A priest, a minister and a Haleakala bus driver approached the Pearly Gates. The priest was first and St. Peter told him to wait. The minister was second and St. Peter also told him to wait. The Haleakala bus driver's turn came, and St. Peter told him to go right in. The priest and minister protested. "We have given our whole lives to spreading the word of God and we are told to wait. Why does the Haleakala bus driver get to go right in?" St. Peter said, "Ah, but people often sleep during your sermons. On the Haleakala bus tour, they are all praying."

A switchback

A switchback


Our bus driver pointed several biking possibilities. (It goes without saying that I have not done either of them). One of them was bicycles. We saw one of the vans of the biking people - one of the other possible tours from the ship.Van with bikes going to the volcano

Van with bikes going to the volcano


A van takes people and the bikes up to the top of the crater and then they bike/coast down. It is basically ALL downhill. The bike ride begins at 6500’ elevation of Mount Haleakala, OUTSIDE the park, where you will descend the 21 switchbacks on the western slopes with only 200 yards of pedaling. For the regular tour (just the bike ride) the duration is approximately 4.5 hours. People say this is thrilling to do, but our bus driver warned us about the danger of misjudging one of the curves and wiping out. He pointed out that you have to sign a release agreeing not to hold the bike company responsible for anything including death.

The rules specify
- No beginners.
- NO PREGNANT WOMEN.
- At least 12 years of age and 5 feet tall.
- Maximum weight 250 lbs.

If you want to really see the park, this is not the way to do it.

The biking company provides bikes with non-fail drum brakes and comfortable cushion seats. poly carbonate ventilated helmets, the best lightweight all-weather gear, and insulated waterproof gloves. You need to wear close toed, rubber soled shoes and dress in layers. I didn't pick that as a tour because it was a long time since I rode a bike and my grandson only learned to ride a bike recently.

The other option was motorcycles. He said that the motorcyclists loved to come up on Sunday because there were no police up on the crater to catch them speeding.
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Motorcycles


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Looking down - close to the top

Looking down - close to the top


I think it made my grandson feel sort of queasy plus he already had a headache, and I think he had a problem with the altitude also. My sister had me spooked about altitude sickness, but that was not a problem for me at all. Even though my ticket said "No respiratory or heart problems" both of which I have.
Cattle guard across the road

Cattle guard across the road


Entrance to the National Park

Entrance to the National Park


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Almost every national park has a really informative Visitor's Center. It pays to visit the center to find out about the park.

Actually this park has three visitor's centers. All are open daily year round, subject to staff availability. I have only been to the two at the top of the mountain. I have not been to the Kipahula Visitor Center which is not connected to the other two locations by road. It is on the Kipahulu coast near the pools of 'Ohe'o (sea level). Restrooms, public telephone, picnic tables. Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. Backcountry camping permit station. Exhibits on the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Kipahulu. Front country camping available. NO Drinking water, Food or Gas Available

The Park Headquarters are one mile from the park entrance at 7,000' elevation. Restrooms, public telephone, picnic area, Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. Backcountry camping/ cabin permit station. NO FOOD or GAS available. Two Haleakala stamps

Two Haleakala stamps


This was the first of the two visitor's centers for me to get stamps in my passport book (which I had brought), and my grandson bought a passport book too
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and got stamps in it.

The endemic species that are special to the Hawaiian islands are endangered by the mammals that people have brought to the islands. They tell us that the only mammals native to Hawaii are a species of bat and marine mammals.

Invasive species

Invasive species


Rats, cows, pigs and the like eat the plants and animals of the islands which then become endangered. The National Park has cattle guards to keep the cattle that are raised on the lower slopes of the volcano out. They also have a lot of information about what species of birds and other animals are native and what species are endangered.

Because the island arose as a volcano from the sea, all of the plants and animals arrived after traversing two thousand miles through the air or sea. Once theses organisms got there, they adapted to the harsh environment to make the species unique.
Extinction is Forever

Extinction is Forever


More endangered species live in in Haleakala; National Park than any other national park in the United States.
Local plants and endangered bee

Local plants and endangered bee


Endemic insects

Endemic insects


Once man arrived on the islands and particularly tourism became common, native species were endangered or destroyed. There were signs saying

No feeding of the Nene. Feeding them makes them tame and tame ones often get hit by cars not

We didn't see anything but a stuffed Nene, or any of the various endemic birds.
Stuffed nene

Stuffed nene


Exhibit case of endemic and endangered species

Exhibit case of endemic and endangered species


We did see the endangered hinahina (Haleakala Silversword, Argyroxiphium sandwicense macrocephalum), which used to cover Haleakala Mountain to a degree where the mountain looked as if it were covered with snow.
Silversword

Silversword


The plant has a wide shallow root system to catch any small amount of rain over a large area. This worked well when the only mammals around were bats. But when cattle, pigs and goats came to the island their feet crushed the roots and their teeth ate the silver foliage.
Silversword

Silversword

Silversword at the summit

Silversword at the summit


Case with display of flowering silversword

Case with display of flowering silversword


At some point during its life it sends up a spectacular flowering stalk that can reach six feet in height. Each stalk can produce hundreds of maroon sunflower-like flower heads. But the silversword flowers only once, at the end of its lifetime, produces seeds and then dies.

In an effort to prevent the species from becoming extinct the park rangers are hand pollinating the flowers, collecting the seeds and raising seedlings.
Silversword with two spent stalks

Silversword with two spent stalks


Silversword that has flowered

Silversword that has flowered


I didn't see a silversword flowering stalk - only plants that had flowered. But the plant itself was sufficiently astonishing.
Stay on the trail

Stay on the trail


Warnings

  • Stay on designated trails. Off-trail hiking can kill plants such as the silversword which has wide shallow roots
  • Enter on foot - no bikes allowed on trails. Other prohibited activities include: hunting, use of firearms, rollerblading, and skateboarding
  • Be alert for signs of altitude sickness - nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache. The summit is 10,023 ft.
  • The weather can change suddenly - dress in layers and bring rain and cold weather gear
  • Wear a hat, sunscreen and sun glasses

The lower visitor's center had bathrooms.
Men's room

Men's room


The upper one (11 miles up the road) had less comfortable bathrooms.
Road into the cloud

Road into the cloud

View from the top

View from the top

Looking out from the side of the mountain

Looking out from the side of the mountain

Haleakala Visitor Center - Sunrise to 3:00 pm
Near the summit of Haleakala, 9,700' elevation. Ten miles from the park entrance off the Park Road. Interpretive exhibits on the natural, geologic and cultural heritage of Haleakala. Restrooms, Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. NO Public phones, NO Food or Gas available.
Visitors Center

Visitors Center


House of the Sun certificate

House of the Sun certificate


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You are here

You are here


The next eruption

The next eruption

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Sculpture of the islands

Model of the islands of Hawaii

Model of the islands of Hawaii

Another endangered species habitat sign

Another endangered species habitat sign


There was a ranger explaining the various kinds of lava, with examples to show.
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Peak in the crater

Peak in the crater


The crater was amazing, It looks like the surface of the moon. The ticket for the excursion we took from the cruise ship to the summit said "Not for those prone to motion sickness" (because the the extremely windy road to the summit), and "No respiratory or heart problems". Fortunately there was no medical release form to sign so I didn't have to lie. While I was not pregnant, I do have heart and respiratory conditions. I have no motion sickness problems and. I am apparently not subject to altitude sickness. My grandson was and my sister also is (even though neither of them are pregnant and my grandson does not have heart or respiratory conditions.
Views from the top

Views from the top

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I am not able to hike, but even if you can't hike, the view from the summit is amazing. The summit area of Haleakala; National Park has over 30 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from just 10 minutes to multi-day overnight trips. Trails are strenuous in the Summit Area because the high-elevation causes a lower concentration of oxygen in each breath. Altitude sickness is a concern. Be on guard for symptoms: nausea, headache, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Pregnant women and people with heart or respiratory conditions should consult their doctor before visiting and hiking in the Summit Area.

The ship offered a sunrise visit to the volcano crater at Pu'u Ula Ula (Red Hill), the pinnacle of Haleakala, at 10,023 feet. Continental breakfast is served, prior to sunrise. The pick-up time is at 3:30 am.
Observatory

Observatory


There is an observatory up here (not open to visitors) because the air is very clear up here so another activity that is possible is to come up here to see the stars. The visual horizon in many places in the Summit area is up to 115 miles out to sea which means you can look over to the volcanoes on the Big Island.
Observatory

Observatory


The National Park website says:

With world-class night sky conditions, Haleakala also offers one of the most easily accessible places to watch planets, stars and moons after dark. Rent a pair of 10x50 or 7x50 binoculars at one of the island dive shops, pick up a star map at the Park Headquarters Visitor Center or the Haleakala Visitor Center, and see if you can find the moons of Jupiter.

Top of the crater

Top of the crater


Looking across the crater

Looking across the crater


Looking across the crater

Looking across the crater

Looking into the crater

Looking into the crater

We saw these horses up at the summit. Apparently a company called Pony Express Tours does rides both at the Crater and lower. They also have a ranch down lower on the volcano that offers ziplines.
Trail ride horses at the top

Trail ride horses at the top


These horses were probably for the Ka Moa O Pele Junction Ride. This ride descends Sliding Sands Trail to the Crater floor 2500 ft. below where a well deserved picnic lunch is served featuring our delicious croissant sandwiches! Round trip is 7.5 awe inspiring miles taking around 4 hours. Prior riding experience is recommended. Check in first at the ranch office, then continue up to the Visitor Center Parking lot just past mile marker 20 to meet your guide. Reservations required.

"This is an outdoor ride at an elevation, so sprinkles and wind can come and go. We provide full rain gear and are looking for people ready for an adventure!"

This ride is not for first time riders. Children, especially, between 10-12 years of age should have been riding a minimum of 6 times and be on the athletic, adventurous, and mature side

Our crater horseback tours take place at the world famous Haleakala Crater, approximately 10,000 ft above sea level. We suggest that you wear long pants, closed toe shoes like a sneaker, dress in layers with a warm outer jacket, hat, and maximum sunscreen. Rarely do we have a rider that has a problem with the elevation, but it is something to consider before going on a crater ride.

There was also a gift shop - the Hawai'i Natural History Assn Bookstore: National Park Gift Shop
Sweatshirt Hoodies $39.95

Sweatshirt Hoodies $39.95

CDs and T-shirts

CDs and T-shirts

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DVD $24.95 and Coloring book $4.95


This shop has items to purchase for gifts or for greater understanding of the Hawaiian volcanoes. Proceeds from the sales in park visitor centers and the web site are returned directly to the Park Service. There is also an on-line store.
My grandson bought his little sister a
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Stuffed `I`iwi Bird - Present for his little sister, It squeaks when you push a button on the bottom


It was made in China
Headquarters of the trail ride ranch

Headquarters of the trail ride ranch


On the way down we stopped for a snack at a roadside stand,
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Sunrise Country Market


Rest stop

Rest stop


This was the place where we had a bathroom and snack stop - we got here right about noon. They advertise hot coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, gifts and the Protea Flower Gardens. I understand that some of the cycle tour people also stop here.

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers at stop

Flowers at stop

Roadside flowers

Roadside flowers


I didn't go in and buy anything, but I did take some pictures of flowers in the vicinity. We saw horse farms
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Horses from the bus


and the sugar cane factory.
Sugar cane

Sugar cane


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Sugar cane factory


We got back to the ship about 1300.

When you get back on the ship, first a guard comes and has to see a photo ID and the ship card of everyone on the bus (my grandson has been carrying the copy of his passport photo instead of the passport, and I have been using my driver's license), and then you have to go through a full security scan like at the airport, except you don't have to take off your shoes. I forgot that I had my cell phone the first time and had to be wanded. After we got on board again, we had lunch in the buffet as the dining room is never open for lunch.
Lunch from the buffet

Lunch from the buffet


My grandson went up and participated in a soccer tournament and got the second place trophy which was a sports drink cooler/bottle. (Orange).
Orange drink bottle

Orange drink bottle


I went to Trivia and won a deck of cards. My grandson likes to see the food before he decides what he wants, so he ate in the buffet. I ate in the dining room and had cheese cauliflower soup, beef stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff


and Dark Chocolate Orange Bavarian Cream.

The cabin steward gets to our room quite late - I have to stay dressed longer than I would like. When he got to our room he made a cobra out of the bedspread (which is just kind of a scarf thing across the bed and not a full bedspread).
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Bedspread cobra


I asked him what the round thing in the bathroom was and apparently it is where you put a sharps container if you need one.

The other thing that happened to my grandson this evening was that he missed a step and fell. He landed on his pocket where he had put his camera and smashed his camera screen (it still works - you just can't see the pictures until you download them). It is fortunate that I took all my cameras with me as he can now go back to using the one that he had in Yellowstone.

The second cruise I took to Hawaii Disappointing Maui - 2 November 2017

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:08 Archived in USA Tagged sunrise maui hawaii horseback endangered endemic silversword haleakala Comments (2)

Parks, Farms, Food and Fish in Maui

The Best of Maui from a Polynesian Tour Bus


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

The tour is the Best of Maui and it is a fairly long tour. The bus driver gave us a map of Maui and explained how to see the face of Maui in the map.
Maui's head is upper left - crossed arms above the Haleakala Visitor Center

Maui's head is upper left - crossed arms above the Haleakala Visitor Center

21 June 2010

Again we had breakfast in the buffet and got to the tour early and were allowed to board and sit in the front.
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Pride of America, and Other cruisers lining up for tours (from the bus)

This time I picked to sit on the right where there is a better view. We had the same bus driver as yesterday, but my grandson was much happier today.
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Town and Gas prices

Road to first stop

Road to first stop

Angel's trumpet - not used in leis because it is poisonous

Angel's trumpet - not used in leis because it is poisonous

First we stopped at

Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens

which is a state park which has sections and architecture that represent the varied cultures living on Maui - the traditional buildings of the people who came from Portugal, China, New England, the Philippines, Japan, and Korea.

My grandson did the whole circuit and took photos.
Grandson walking off with the tour group

Grandson walking off with the tour group


Throughout the gardens are small waterfalls and ponds all fed by the Iao Stream.
In addition to the Hawaiian house
An early-Hawaiian hale (house)

An early-Hawaiian hale (house)


there was
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Korean Garden


Japanese Garden and Teahouse

Japanese Garden and Teahouse

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Garden


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Stone pagodas

Bridge

Bridge


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Water garden


Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) -Filipino house

Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) -Filipino house

The bust immortalizing Dr. José Rizal -Filipino Exhibit

The bust immortalizing Dr. José Rizal -Filipino Exhibit


Water garden plants

Water garden plants

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Portuguese House


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Portuguese oven



He missed getting a photo of the New England saltbox (missionary) building.
American missionary salt box house

American missionary salt box house


And he also missed the Hawaiian house.

I contented myself with taking the photos that I could from near where we stopped.
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Garden and gate


Rubber tree

Rubber tree


I did use the bathrooms which were unlovely
Handicapped bathroom toilet

Handicapped bathroom toilet


Rubber tree and bathroom building - leaving first stop

Rubber tree and bathroom building - leaving first stop

Then we went up to

Iao Valley State Park

where there was a volcano tube core like a needle, called Kuka‘emoku
The 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle

The 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle


(the rest of the volcano has eroded away and left just the tube with the solidified lava), and a stream and some waterfalls.
Iao Lava tube with the outside eroded off

Iao Lava tube with the outside eroded off


Kuka'emoku

Kuka'emoku

The Living Waters of Kane

The Living Waters of Kane


Dry waterfall

Dry waterfall


My grandson did the paved 0.6 mile walk to the scenic viewpoint of the Iao Needle, which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor.
Grandson climbing to the overlook

Grandson climbing to the overlook

Io Valley sign

Io Valley sign

Looking down on the parking lot

Looking down on the parking lot


Flanks of the volcano from the trail

Flanks of the volcano from the trail

Iao Needle from the path

Iao Needle from the path

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and I just walked up to the bridge and back
Walking up to the bridge

Walking up to the bridge

Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park

Non-functional bathrooms

Non-functional bathrooms

Functioning toilets

Functioning toilets

Flowers

Flowers

Do not go beyond this point - Rocks may fall without warning causing serious injury or death

Do not go beyond this point - Rocks may fall without warning causing serious injury or death


Sun shining through the leaves

Sun shining through the leaves


Sign about the Battle of Kepaniwai

Sign about the Battle of Kepaniwai


This valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. (6.2 acres)
Sacred Place of the Chiefs

Sacred Place of the Chiefs


The Four Waters of Maui

The Four Waters of Maui


Warning sign

Warning sign


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Creek


He also took a short walk through the garden area where there was someone to explain about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in Iao. There was a school group there singing.
Plantation as old Hawaiians would live

Plantation as old Hawaiians would live


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School group singing


Hawaiian interpreter

Hawaiian interpreter

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Path


We left the park.

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Churches


Street

Street

Maui Tropical Plantation

Our next visit was to a working plantation where we had a little trolley ride to see how various things grew. But first I bought some things and had them shipped.
Maui Plantation sign from the tram

Maui Plantation sign from the tram


Tram ride

Tram ride


Our trolley time was 10:40.
Bird of Paradise flower

Bird of Paradise flower


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TI (pronounced Tea)

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Orchids

Orchids

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Heliconia

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Travelers palms


Taro

Taro


Malabar chestnut

Malabar chestnut


Macadamia nut

Macadamia nut

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Jade flower

Jade flower


We saw the Jade Flower at Fairchild Gardens in Miami
Duck and another bird

Duck and another bird

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Avocado

Avocado

Royal Poinciana Tree

Royal Poinciana Tree


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Bananas

Bananas


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and had a coconut husking demonstration which intrigued my grandson.
Coconut husking area

Coconut husking area


100_6519.jpgCoffee growing area

Coffee growing area

Coffee

Coffee

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After the trolley ride they gave us lunch.
Restaurant

Restaurant


This consisted of a cup of pineapple (I ate my grandson's as he does not like fruit or sweet things in general), a fried shrimp (I gave mine to my grandson), Hawaiian chicken, and rice.
Plantation lunch

Plantation lunch

There was banana cake and coffee at the end. I got the cake and he ate the cake part (he said he had never had banana cake before) and I ate the icing on his which he didn't want.
Sugar cane

Sugar cane


US flag and Hawaiian flag

US flag and Hawaiian flag

Our last stop was the

Maui Ocean Center.

Approaching Maui Ocean Center

Approaching Maui Ocean Center


Ma'alaea Harbor sign

Ma'alaea Harbor sign


Maui Ocean Center map

Maui Ocean Center map


This was a marvelous aquarium with just Hawaiian fish. It is a good place to go before you go snorkeling.

I got a wheelchair - my grandson doesn't have enough mass to push me in a wheelchair up an incline, but the wheelchair had wheels that I could push too. We mostly concentrated on the Living Ref section but there was also a marine mammal section,
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Turtle sculpture


a shark area,
Open water tank

Open water tank


tide pools, and a turtle lagoon.
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Sea urchin in Touching tank


Ray's Cafe

Ray's Cafe


Angelfish

Angelfish


Grandson taking photos

Grandson taking photos

Yellow tang

Yellow tang


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Coral and fish

Coral reef

Coral reef

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Ray and reef sharks


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Worms and Banded shrimp


Black coral

Black coral


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Shrimp and coral

Octopus

Octopus


Jellyfish

Jellyfish


Upside down jellyfish

Upside down jellyfish

Luminescence

Luminescence


Sea anemone with tiny fish

Sea anemone with tiny fish

Grumpy fish

Grumpy fish

Big eyed soldier fish

Big eyed soldier fish

Red angel

Red angel

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We got some really good photos. We left there about 2:30

After we got back on the ship, my grandson went up to the sports deck and I went down to the cabin to take a shower. I was trying to figure out how to work the shower. I did not see that the temperature control was on the side, and I was only turning the water pressure knob, when the hand held shower head came off the stand and sprayed all around - which since I was standing half out of the shower and had the bathroom door open also, that meant that the bathroom mirror and the closet doors also got some spray. Anyway I had a nice shower when I finally got the temperature turned down.
Chicken Piquante

Chicken Piquante


I edited and posted some of our photos for the Ocean Center. My grandson went to the Second City show which he LOVED, and he came back and recounted the complete show for me - he was wired.
Towel animal

Towel animal


The towel animal tonight was an elephant which he also liked

We moved overnight to the Hilo on the Big Island.

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