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Hawaiian sunset from our balcony
One way to keep from
cooking a Thanksgiving dinner and cleaning up after it
is to get away to Hawaii. We had all been to Hawaii many
times before, but it had been a long time since we had
visited Oahu. We had to pull Ben and Craig out of school
a day before Thanksgiving break.
Tuesday November 22nd
We stayed at the
JW Marriott Resort about 25 miles west of Honolulu.
The hotel had very big rooms and a nice beach (first and
second small pictures below), however
there a was a jellyfish warning that kept us out of the
ocean the entire time we were there. We had a nice
balcony for breakfasts and taking sunset pictures.
On our first full day in Hawaii we headed for Honolulu.
Our first stop was at the Arizona Memorial. From there we
drove into Waikiki. We were pleasantly surprised at the
changes in Waikiki. While it was still crowded, it had not
become sleazy or any more touristy than years before. We
walked the main street and had a good seafood dinner at a
restaurant with a big fish tank beside our table. The third
picture below was taken at the Royal Hawaiian on the main street through Waikiki.
Balcony on Thanksgiving
The Arizona Memorial was very
well run. Rather than having to wait in line, you can check in
and get a ticket that shows the time to come back to begin the
tour. The tour begins with a brief, but informative movie
about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Exiting the movie, each
group proceeds to a boat to the memorial. It was very windy on
the memorial. There is still oil seeping from the tank, just
as there was when Mary Lou and I first visited more than
fifteen years before. Ben and Craig got an education on the
beginning of the second world war. You can see the oil on the
surface of the water in the fourth picture above and the first
picture below. The second picture below shows the turret above
the water and the third picture below shows a part of the
memorial above the sunken ship. The last
picture is on the deck of a submarine from
World War 2 that is
placed next to the Memorial visitor center.
Thursday November 24th - Thanksgiving
day, we started out with calls to my family in the cold
northeast and then we enjoyed a brunch buffet at the hotel
that seemed to please everyone (first two pictures below). We then explored the hotel
play rooms (third picture below) and got back up to our room in time to capture some
sunset shots (fourth picture below).
Friday November 25th
On Friday, after a great deal of maneuvering by Ben and
Craig, Mary Lou and I agreed to spend the day getting wet at
the Hawaiian Adventure Water Park, a park filled with
waterslides about 5 miles from our hotel. I did most of the slides with Ben or Craig
(first three pictures below), but I
let Ben do Cliffhanger, with its seven story drop, alone
(fourth picture below).
Afterward, everyone was tired and waterlogged, so we headed
for dinner and an evening to plan for the next day.
Saturday November 26th
On Saturday we took a drive across the island to visit the
Polynesian Cultural Center. Mary Lou and I had visited the
center many years ago. Ben and Craig thoroughly enjoyed the
day and felt it was the highlight of the trip. We arrived just after noon. It
was threatening rain all day, but it stayed dry. We toured
the various villages, took the boat tour and hung around for
the evening show (four pictures below).
Sunday November 27th
We only had the morning before our flight back to LA, so we
spent the time around the beach and the pool. Despite flying
on the busiest day of the year, we had no difficulties at all
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