Hawai`i Trip, Feb. 2012
Big Island (Hawai`i)
Kay made friends w/this Gold Dust Day Gecko on Big Island (Hawai`i) while I was listening to a Kane ka pila at Kaloko Honokohau National Park.
Lunch at Bubba Gumps in Kona
Taking leisure of all I survey at the ancient fishing village of Mahukona Beach Park on the NW side of the Big Island.
End of the road at the N end of the Big Island, & windy.
On to Kaua`i
A high school hula club taking pictures at Hanalei.
See The Descendants? They had drinks as we did, at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei.
A signboard at Waimea Cyn. State Park
Took a helo ride over the island & Na Pali coast, not to be missed-a highlight of the trip. Note Kay's life preserver.
We stayed in a cottage at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (Naval base) at the west end of the island. This is at their dinner club, Shenanigans. R-sunset over island of Ni`ihau.
Venus at sunset outside our cottage & a retired PMRF helo at the gate. (I hope to have a number of aircraft images up on my 3D webpage shortly.)
A fake tank, one of several, on the base for use during summer joint exercises. R-is the missile launch pad for test launches where ships & subs in the Pacific (on left) usually track & intercept them. SW end of Na Pali coast in rear.
Polihale State Park, looking N to the Na Pali coastline.
A little beach time...
...for sunset, not a swim.
Sunset over small island of Lehua...
on to O`ahu
Hotel lobby of the Hale Koa, military hotel on Waikiki. Kay strumming her new ukelele we got on Kaua`i, from our room balcony.
(After the l`uau mentioned below) I got the shirt, I get to strum too.
Bullet holes, probably friendly fire, in one of the hangars on Ford Island, from Dec. 7, 1941. This is at the Pacific Air Museum, where aircraft are displayed & this ambulance plane is being restored.
Inside the display hangar, a P-40 Tigershark.
Outside the hangar, are several "aircraft" like these a fake P-40s used in the film Pearl Harbor. Mostly wood, metal & rubber.
My new friend, one of the docents at the museum, Keith. Great guy, knows a LOT. Here's the museum from the rear, & the restored air tower on Ford Island.
Lunching at the new incarnation of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. R-is a view from Camp Smith above Pearl City. Bridge is the crossover to Ford Island & you can see the battleship USS Missouri tied up just short of the Arizona
Memorial, & the tower for the old airfield at Ford Island. Imagine the Japanese aircraft swarming over this area on that day.
SSGN-726, Nuclear submarine USS Ohio
We're at the Polynesian Cultural Center for their l`uau & show.
We then went on a powered hang-glider training flight over O`ahu's North Shore...
Kay be cruisin'... with Denise Sanders and
Note sequential swells at Waialua below.
Kay touching down at Dillingham airfield, on the island's NW corner.
Flying over the now overgrown WWII Haleiwa airfield, where two P-40sflew out on Dec. 7 & I think, got the only Japanese shootdowns of the day.
On left is an arts fair on the highway. Town of Haleiwa in left center. Picture below, 2 hrs. later.
Part of that old WWII Haleiwa airfield runway, just steps from the beach, but almost a jungle in 2012.
Feral cats & with our rental car on a beach.
More feral cats overlooking the E side of Honolulu, & a sunset to the SW.
Surfing Sunset Beach on a wind whipped wave at the PIPELINE!
Not, a surfer...
This is Kaneohe Bay from a point on the Marine Base (MCBH) there. The Japanese attacked here just minutes before the hit Pearl.
We're about to go out into the bay on a pontoon boat to Sunken Island in the distance.
This is your Captain, who had to jump out of the boat to set anchor on the island.
As you can see, the waters below & above, were quite dangerous. (A Navy P3 Orion coming in to land at MCBH.)
Kay doing her mermaid thing.
That's Chinaman's Hat in the background in the E shore of O`ahu
These are breakers to open water in the Pacific.
Dinner & traditional entertainment at the HaleKulani's House Without a Key, on Waikiki. Remember Charlie Chan?
Visiting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on our last day in Honolulu. Kay's waving from the downstairs couch.
Having drinks, listening to music, getting ready for the flight home.
Palm trees at the Royal Hawaiian w/Venus above.
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