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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 16th 2014

11th February Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Honolulu is the state capital of Hawaii and is situated on the island of Oahu. It is known worldwide as a major tourist destination and is a major hub for business and has a huge military presence. Hawaii was forged by volcanoes and is part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, so the approach to the harbour produces a dramatic backdrop to the city of Honolulu. We berthed at Pier 10/11, the Cunard berth which is on the edge of the business and shopping areas. Another beautiful South Pacific day. Another cruise ship (same one as San Francisco) had berthed before us but on the industrial side of the docks. Our trip today was to take us to Pearl Harbour and then on a tour of some highlights of ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu January 16th 2014

Located in a nondescript strip mall along King Street (cross street Keeaumoku), Sushi Sasabune's low key exterior gives little hint about what is hidden inside. Considered by many to be one of the best sushi restaurants in Honolulu, Sushi Sasabune can be intimidating. When you make your reservation, they will tell you right off the bat this this place serves traditional sushi only: no California rolls, no spicy tuna, no tempura, etc. When you arrive and you are seated, you are handed only a drinks menu. If you are a first timer, the rules are recited to you. They are: One piece, one bite; Gari (ginger) may only be eaten as a palate cleanser between courses. It may not be eaten with the sushi; and Only dip your sushi in soy sauce when your chef tells ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu October 23rd 2013

So I just spent about an hour typing up a very interesting and humorous final blog entry to try and top the rest. I left my computer for about an hour and when I came back to publish my entry travelblog.org had automatically logged me out of my account and my epic blog entry WAS NOT THERE! Turns out I didn't press the save button....So now I am going to attempt to rewrite what was originally written - remembering to press the save button every so often. We arrived back to normality about two and a half weeks ago. In fact it almost seems like we have never been away. I have been meaning to type up my final blog entry since I got back as I was hoping to print all my entries off and ... read more
Helicopter ride
Cruising on the paddle board
Beautiful sunsets

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu October 10th 2013

We were up early today watching the Oosterdam come into Honolulu. We're docked right at the foot of the Aloha Tower where cruise ships have been docking for years. Awesome to get some pictures just as we were going past from the same level on the ship as almost the top of the tower! And speaking of pictures, I am having a problem getting my pictures to publish as part of a blog entry. I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to get some of the many pictures I've taken to publish but no luck. I can see them from my sd card on this tablet and they seem to upload into the blog site but I don't get a publish command and they don't magically appear either. Maybe my old hand bloggers can give ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 22nd 2013

Thirty-six hours after finishing work at Steamworks - and fresh from having spent a great final day in Vancouver drinking beers with my ex-workmates, watching an Australian finally win the US Masters golf, and then retiring to my luxury hotel suite for the night - I was making my way across the Canada-U.S. border bound for the small airport at Bellingham, from where my ridiculously cheap ($112 US) flight to Honolulu would depart. Six hours after taking off we were touching down in the Hawai'ian capital on the island of O'ahu, where despite the fact that it was already after ten o'clock at night the temperature was a balmy twenty-plus degrees, with the high humidity and jungle-like trees surrounding the airport instantly announcing the tropical nature of the islands - something I had not experienced since ... read more
Aloha Tower
Shaded shoreline
Monument to the fallen

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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu March 26th 2013

Disclaimer: I do not own, operate or have any financial stake in flightmemory.com. I cannot guarantee the accuracy, safety or security of information you may store on that site. This one is for the geeks out there who want a place to store their flight-related information and generate maps and statistics utilizing that information. I stumbled upon flightmemory.com while I was in-between consulting engagements some time back. I was instantly hooked, and I spent several days looking through old passports, frequent flyer statements, credit card statements and tax records to reconstruct my flight data over the years. Even with all these sources of information to work with, I had to make some guesses (e.g., domestic non-rev flights in the UK when I worked for Singapore Airlines UK: As those flights were domestic, my passport was not ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 2nd 2013

Oahu Dive 12. Black water dive. I did my first black water dive. A black water dive is a night dive where you drift with the boat at real extreme depths. In Hawaii the depths drop to over 1000 ft pretty close to shore. Kaimana divers is the only one operation that does this kind of dive in Oahu and they brought the operation from their predescesors in Kona. Check them out here: waikikiscuba.com. They have a super safe system that hooks up all the divers to the boat so everyone can drift together in a spider web where each one can move up and down the line or along the side lines. We were only 3 miles off shore and drifted for a mile during the dive. As a photographer I have to note that ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu January 19th 2013

Oahu Dive 6. Sea Tiger. 6 am start we were the first ones on site. Viz was 200+ deep blue. Dive with Hector and Kyle. The Sea Tiger is 168 ft (some sources claim 189ft) of artificial reef, sunk in 1999. The main deck sits at around 80 feet, while the hull hits the sand at about 127 ft. Originally named Yun Fong Seong No. 303, the ship was apprehended by the Honolulu Harbor Police carrying 93 illegal Chinese immigrants and became legend as Hawaii’s largest seizure of illegal immigrants. The name Sea Tiger came from one of the ship’s later owners, a Vietnamese fisherman. Voyager Submarines eventually bought the Sea Tiger and spent money and time getting her ready for her new home beneath the waves. This wreck never disappoints!. We did some shots on ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu December 19th 2012

When I started this blog, it was with the intent that I would chronicle my travels around the world and showcase some of my photography...well, this entry and the accompanying photos were taken here in Hawaii where I currently live, but since I lived in Japan for so many years and have so many great Japanese friends, I decided to go to Moanalua Gardens on my lunch break and take some pictures of he busloads of Japanese tourists that show up there everyday. As most of you know the Japanese love taking pictures and posing for pictures and perhaps the fact that I lived there for so long has probably developed into my love of photography today. I enjoy watching the fun they have and pleasure they get out of taking pictures, so here are some ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu December 11th 2012

We had a 2 day trolley bus pass and used day 1 for the scenic route and day 2 for downtown shopping and the historic route. All the drivers are characters and have a good line in patter whilst informing you of the points of interest. The scenic route covered the diamond head are which actually drives into the centre of the extinct volcano. You can walk to the top of the crater but it is a high security military base and like all American sensitive areas it can feel a bit intimidating so we stayed on the bus.... read more
Sunset from our balcony
Pearl Harbour 71st anniversary parade
Entrance to Diamond Head crater




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