Thursday, March 24, 2011


One of the longer stops that the ships make when they go to Hawaii is on the Oahu, for the city of Honolulu. While Hilo is quaint, and LaHaina is touristy, Honolulu is a city! It’s big. It has a feel that is very different from any other town in the islands.

I particularly like the Port of Entry. It is filled with murals that show what it was like to land in Hawaii during in the “old days.” My great aunt sailed to Hawaii on the Lurline back in the 30s and she told stories of being greeted with hula dancers; and walking along the white sand beaches; and staying in the pink palace on Waikiki. Nowadays, you are greeted with murals of those scenes. It was some place! It’s still “some place” but not as much of a WOW as it was in the 1930s.

It’s hard to miss the Aloha Tower. At one time it was the tallest building in Honolulu. It was built in 1926 and is probably the most recognizable building in Hawaii. I have no idea how many pictures I’ve taken of this tower over the just fascinates me.

The first time we went to the beach in Guam (when we lived there) I was surprised to see “tropical” fish in the tide pools. The same is true in Hawaii. As you leave the Aloha Tower, there is an area where you can see the fish...and guess what...they are tropical!
A few more scenes from the port area in Honolulu.

 Nothing is more romantic than sailing out of the port of Honolulu at night! It’s a sight to behold!
I could take pictures of the sandy beaches and the water, but every one does that!

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