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A Journey Through History and Beauty - Hawaii Adventure Part 2

Aloha! If you've joined us from Part 1 of our Hawaiian adventure, mahalo for sticking around! Part 2 is where we dive deep into the heart of our trip - the breathtaking activities and explorations that made our journey unforgettable.

A New World of History Unfolds

Pearl Harbor: Beyond Words

We started our journey at Pearl Harbor, a place that carries the weight of history and having the privilege to see it in person. It wasn't just a historical tour; it was an emotional journey. The submarine tour gave us a newfound respect for the brave military personnel who serve on these vessels. It was a surreal experience to walk through the cramped kitchen, sleeping quarters, and restrooms, especially when you imagine you're deep underwater.

If you decide you would like to experience this for yourself learn from us and be sure to make reservations far in advance. We would have loved to have done more tours but they were sold out! To learn more about the tour click here. (Pearl Harbor)

Honoring Heroes at Honolulu Memorial

The Honolulu Memorial is a must-visit place and serene beauty left us humbled and grateful. The perfectly aligned trees created a peaceful atmosphere. The large maps on the wall depicting Pearl Harbor, Wake, Coral Sea, Midway, Attu, Solomons, and Gilbert's wars offered a comprehensive history lesson. The maps and plaques commemorating the different armed forces pay homage to the brave servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

It was a moment of reflection amidst the island's vibrant energy. (Honolulu Memorial)

Embracing Adventures and Culture

Snorkeling Adventure with Friends: Overcoming Fears

Sometimes, the best experiences are the ones you share with friends. Despite some initial reservations, we convinced our friends to join us for a snorkeling adventure with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures. The weather couldn't have been more perfect - the water was calm, and the sky had a few fluffy clouds. Will and Maria, initially apprehensive (Will doesn’t like boats and Maria doesn’t swim), eventually took the plunge. Their transformation from hesitant bystanders to fearless snorkelers was a sight to behold. I even captured a photo of them, not just for us but for their kids who would hardly believe that they went snorkeling. That day with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures was pure magic. The sea turtle sighting and watching them in the water was priceless. The lunch that was provided on the boat – heavenly! (Link: Ko Olina Ocean Adventures)

Dole Plantation: The Sweetness of Pineapples

A visit to the Dole Plantation was an unexpected delight. Who knew there were over 100 varieties of pineapples grown worldwide? We were surrounded by a multitude of pineapples in various stages of growth. We learned that there's a pineapple for every taste bud and indulged in the most delicious pineapple ice cream. Learning about the history and cultivation of pineapples made us appreciate this tropical fruit even more.

Polynesian Cultural Center: A Glimpse into Polynesian Culture

Although we couldn't experience all the tours at the Polynesian Cultural Center, we immersed ourselves in the rich tapestry of the culture. We marveled at the craftsmanship behind creating ukuleles. We learned that Portuguese immigrants from Madeira brought their four-string machete de braga when they arrived in 1879 to work in the sugar industry. Interestingly, three cabinet makers among that 1879 group each opened instrumental shops in Honolulu by 1886. The Polynesian Cultural Center, though brief, left us yearning to dive deeper into the cultures it showcased. (Link: Polynesian Cultural Center)

Unveiling Nature's Splendor

Mesmerizing Scenic Marvels

Oahu's landscapes serve as a paradise for nature enthusiasts. At Waimea Bay, the legendary waves leave one in awe. Meanwhile, the Nu'uanu Pali offers a glimpse into history, sharing chilling tales of Hawaiian battles. This historical lookout marks the site of the pivotal Battle of Nuʻuanu in 1795, where King Kamehameha I emerged victorious, uniting Oʻahu under his rule. The fierce clash tragically claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers, many of whom met their fate by being forced off the sheer cliffs of the Pali.

At Kuala Regional Park the palm trees against the coastline were picture-perfect and we admired the island that looked like a coolie's hat, affectionately known as "Chinaman's Hat."

Maria took us on a memorable hike at Hanauma Bay, where we enjoyed breathtaking views of the city, park, and the beautiful ocean. The colors of the water were mesmerizing. We longed to descend to the beach, but a film crew had temporarily closed access. However, what truly astonished me during the hike was the unexpected sight of a Prickly Pear! Even in this paradise, it seemed that even cacti couldn't resist the allure of this stunning weather and scenery.

Legends and Island History

Our friends, Keith and Maria, unfolded Hawaii's rich history as we explored. Stories of warriors and legends, like Laniloa the Mo’o-the giant lizard which still echoes in the islands, with its remnants visible in the form of offshore islands added a mythical layer to our island adventure.

Rock is remnants of the Legend of Laniloa, giant lizard,  in Hawaii.


Our travels through Hawaii was more than a touristy escapade; it was a journey of discovery, shared laughter, and gratitude for this stunning land and the friendships that made it all the more special. As we bid a fond aloha to this chapter, we're filled with anticipation for our next Hawaiian adventure.


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