Honolulu – Diamond Head and Waikiki

From our hotel on Waikiki you can’t even see Diamond Head because of all the other high rises. So yesterday we hiked along the coast out to the old light house on the point right below Diamond Head.

On our way back we stopped at the bandstand in the park to listen to a Royal Hawaiian Band Sunday concert of Hawaiian music. It was idyllic.

We had an excellent dinner last night at Morimoto.

Today we went swimming near our hotel and generally relaxed and enjoyed the tropical weather and beautiful view from our lanai.

It seems very appropriate that our last meal in Hawaii was at Duke’s on the beach.

Honalulu – the Bishop Museum and the Chinese New Year Parade

We visited the Bishop Museum today. They have fascinating display about Polynesian and Hawaiian history in a beautiful building.

The Bishop Museum also has a planetarium and a science center. In the planetarium we watched a very interesting presentation about how the Polynesian navigators found their way from island to island. And in the Science center we watched a demonstration about magma and lava. The presenter poured some molten lava out of a special furnace. It was very cool, or should I say hot!

Next we watched the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown.

We ate dinner overlooking the beach. It was a wonderful day!

Kona to Honolulu – Pearl Harbor and the State Capitol

Yesterday morning we sat on the lanai at our inn and read. Around ten o’clock we drove to the airport, turned in our rental car and the flew from Kona to Honalulu.

Today we took the bus to Pearl Harbor and visited the USS Arizona Memorial. The dock on the memorial is being renovated so we couldn’t actually go on the memorial but we did get a boat ride in the harbor so we could see the memorial up close.

From Pearl Harbor we went to visit the Hawaii State Capitol building. The building is unique. It has five stories with an open air courtyard. I really like it.

While we were in the outer office of the governors office who should come out but David Ige, Hawaii’s governor and Ed Case one of Hawaii’s two congressmen in the House of Representatives!

They had a picture taken then we did the same.