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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki September 6th 2019

This morning we’ve booked a tour to Pearl Harbour. Issy’s still feeling a bit jetlagged, so Scott and I set off and leave her to rest up. The Pearl Harbour Visitors’ Centre includes a museum which gives extensive background to the events of 7 December 1941, a date which is clearly firmly imprinted in the American psyche. It seems scarcely credible in these days of satellites that a fleet of six massive Japanese aircraft carriers was able to make its way thousands of kilometres across the Pacific without anyone noticing. We’re told that around 40 percent of Hawaiian residents at the time were of Japanese ancestry, and the military was far more worried about sabotage than an air attack. In order to reduce the potential damage from sabotage, the US fighter planes were kept in rows ... read more
List of Victims, USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour
Scott and Issy, Waikiki Beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki September 5th 2019

The breakfast area at the hotel is massive and full of hungry guests. My confidence in the food isn’t helped by the dispenser of hand sanitiser I’m urged to use as I queue for an omelette. I ask for one with lot. In most places we’ve been to on our travels this would get me a few tiny pieces of ham, plus lots of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and a bit of cheese. We’re clearly not in Europe any more, and I watch on in horror as large handfuls of sausage meat and bacon are piled into the frying pan. The egg is almost an afterthought, and vegetables, well .... Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse a large glob of some orange shredded substance which is probably supposed to imitate cheese is thrown on ... read more
Waikiki Beach.  The bird was so still I started to think it was part of the statue.
Wedding on Waikiki Beach
Watching the sunset, Waikiki Beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki September 4th 2019

We’re definitely still in Canada. It’s twenty one degrees outside and the hotel receptionist and a Canadian guest are complaining about the “boiling” heat. We head out for a farewell breakfast with Emma and Michael. We’ve noticed that they seem to go for large food servings here in Canada. I’m not that hungry so I try to order the smallest item on the menu, which I hope is a fried egg on a small piece of toast. It comes out as two fried eggs surrounded by a mountain of fried potatoes, a bunch of grapes, half a pineapple, and a piece of rockmelon. There’s no room on the enormous plate for the two large pieces of toast drowned in butter, so that lot comes out separately. At least some of it’s healthy, and if it has ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki August 22nd 2019

Fiji was my dream location; the paradise I used to imagine being in when I needed extra motivation to get me through a rough day at the office.. And so I was quite excited as we boarded the Fiji Airways flight at Brisbane.. Senan was also very excited, as we were going 'in a BROWN plane Mammy' (just goes to show that somewhere along the line adulthood increases our threshold for what gets us excited!) The flight from Brisbane to Fiji was uneventful. Three and a half hours feels a bit like a hop, skip and a jump in comparison to some other routes we've done. Senan is so enamoured with flying now that he is the model passenger. He has the routine down pat: 'passports and suitcase to the man, passports to the lady, other ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu June 28th 2019

Hurricane preparation announcements have been broadcast on the radio ads frequently reminding all on the Hawaiian Islands that hurricane season is looming. Here on Oahu the weather has been hot, humid and stormy this week. Plenty of rain, flash floods, thunder and lightning. Today I was in Manoa buying some fresh fruit and vegetables from the Thursday farmers market held in front of the post office. I also ducked in to the post office to mail out a birthday gift to my daughter in Alaska. Next stop was Safeway for a few essentials. The talk of the town was humidity. This evening as I am checking my weather app I see that as of 8:25 pm it is currently 86 degrees with 85% humidity. That is a pretty high number for many to continue to work ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 6th 2019

Aloha from Oahu Hawaii. Our ship arrived in Honolulu about 7:00 this morning. David was up earlier than that to prepare for his excursion this morning. So he was dressed and fed by the time we arrived in port. Unfortunately it still was not light enough to get a good view of Waikiki or Diamondhead while we were sailing into port. But David was down in the Atrium when they approved everyone to depart the ship. His excursion was supposed to meet at 7:20 inside the cruise terminal and he got on the first bus to leave. Today’s excursion was to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The most well know item is the Arizona Memorial, but it includes a lot more. We only went to two places but spend half a ... read more
Arizona Memorial
USS Bowfin
Entryway to the Missouri

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 6th 2019

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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki January 4th 2019

You’d think I’d be used to queuing up through Immigration by now. But there’s queues, and then there’s QUEUES and Hawaii wins the medal for having the longest. I guess being on a plane that was several hours late arriving and coinciding with the arrival of three other planes stuffed to the gills with passengers seeking entry to a small island archipelago didn’t help. Add to that arriving in the middle of a government shut-down with many security staff effectively working unpaid and you had a perfect recipe for chaos. Which is what we got ... The Immigration Hall could barely contain the volume of passengers. The barriers snaked up and down and left to right, filtering us through to a central area with automated fingerprint scanners and cameras. Slowly, slowly we crept along and, just ... read more
Welcome to Hawaii
Hawaii flag
Aloha from Waikiki

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki January 4th 2019

We used the HOHO trolleys to get us out and about in Hawaii. So many Japanese visitors came to the island that they were provided with dedicated trolleys in their own language so we had to ensure we got the right one! The Japanese may not have won the island during the war but they seem to have occupied it by stealth now, as there were very many of them on the island. Again, our online voucher had to be exchanged for proper tickets but it was a very pleasant and relatively short walk to T-Galleria, an upmarket shopping mall, where we were able to do this. One counter assistant was trying very hard to help a gentleman with limited English and a rather loud Hawaiian shirt who was clearly entering into the holiday spirit. Several ... read more
Diamond Head park entrance
At Pearl Harbour
Punchbowl Cemetery/National memorial of the Pacific

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu October 30th 2018

Dateline: Monday, October 30, 2018, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Diamond Head, Honolulu Aloha… Leisurely day today as we wait for everyone to get off on their tours before heading off the ship. It’s overcast and 78 degrees but the skies show promise of sun. We have decided to take a walk to the closest Hop On Hop Off stop which is about a mile away from the ship. Each time we have come to Oahu we have headed anywhere but Honolulu …today we are staying in the city and taking in the sights. Best way to get around to all the places we want to see is the ever-popular Hop On Hop Off bus. We walk out of the dock area and turn left along busy Ala Moana Blvd. After a few blocks we turn right on ... read more
Diamond Head
Beaches at Diamond Head
View from Diamond Head




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