We have had a wonderful time so far and the weather has been perfect.
Yesterday was a day for reminiscing and remembering for me. We went to Schofield Barracks to see how it looks, compared to 35 years ago when I was stationed there. I can tell you that there was not much that looked the same. Everything is wonderfully modern and the support services for the soldiers are really great. The base exchanges at both Hickam AFB and Schofield are nicely designed malls with a big box look. The area where I use to live has been torn down and nice new townhouse-style housing is everywhere. This was a wonderful surprise to see that the military is being treated so well.
We ventured to the North Shore of O’ahu where the surfers usually can catch the big waves, but not yesterday—just crowded beaches and slow traffic. We drove around as far as the eastside of the island and stopped at the Dole Plantation.
They had different kinds of pineapple growing from all over the world in the garden next to the gift shop. We picked up a couple of T-shirts and, of course, ate some fresh pineapple.
We also stopped along the way and took photos of Chinaman’s Hat, and then went to the Byodo-In Temple a replica of a Japanese temple with memorial gardens and cemetery. There was a lot to photograph and with not too big of a crowd.
After a four-hour tour, we came back to soak in the pool to relax from the heat and the driving. Ahhhh!