Player in a ‘sun ceremony’ – part of the hotel Luau.
In 2005 we went on vacation to Hawaii – specifically to Maui. This was the first time I’d been there. What a wonderful place! I really felt comfortable there. Of course parts of it are very “touristy” and other parts are just like the rest of the USA (e.g. A Starbucks around every corner). But the eastern side of the Island is largely undeveloped. To me the whole island has an almost magical feel.
Waterfall. I don’t recall which (there are at least 16) but possibly Alelele. I wish it had been Helele’ike’oha because I like the name, but it isn’t.
We were supposed to fly back through Honolulu on the island of Oahu. We weren’t stopping there – just changing planes on route to Los Angeles for a News Years eve celebration with my wife’s family. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) there was a problem with the plane and we were forced to spend the night in Honolulu. The next flight was not until the following afternoon. As a “history buff” I’d always wanted to go to Pearl Harbour. Now I had a chance. I’d also always wanted to see a Battleship. I’m British and was disappointed to discover that no British battleship still exists. When you think that the UK was the pre-eminent naval power for so long it seems incredible that not one of these behemoths has been preserved. The USA has done a much better job. I had been thinking of going to see the USS Massachusetts in Fall River, Mass or the US New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey. Here I was just around the corner from the New Jersey’s sister ship: The USS Missouri, the very ship on which the Japanese surrender was accepted at the end of the Second World War. I couldn’t miss this opportunity so off I went. I would have liked to have visited the Arizona memorial too, but the lines were long and I didn’t have the time. Then it was off back to the hotel and to the airport. I left Hawaii with considerable regret. We would be back though…but that’s a topic for another post.
USS Missouri with the Arizona memorial in the background.
Some of the big guns of the USS Missouri.