The Arizona Memorial

The past few days have been very busy, we have tried to see all the sights, and we went to the Arizona Battleship Memorial which was really beautiful. The visitor’s center is being expanded and they have the submarine the USS Bowfin and the battleship the USS Missouri there as ships that can be toured.

The Rain Arrives at Diamond Head Crater

The Living Reef at the Aquarium

Clown Loach at the Aquarium

We went to the Honolulu Aquarium which is quite nice but quite small. They really have some great exhibits on the living reef and live coral. There are quite a few jelly fish in the water for the first ten days after the full moon, so they have some good exhibits on different types of jelly fish as well.

Punchbowl Crater National Cemetery

We spent some time at the Punch Bowl Crater Memorial Cemetery which is a wonderful memorial to all services and has special emphasis on WWII and Korean Wars. The grounds are so well cared for they are manicured. It was interesting to hear some of the docents there speaking on their own experiences during WWII and Korea. The view of Diamondhead Crater, downtown Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean is just great.

Polynesian Luau Dancers

15yr old Samoan Fire Dancer

Here at the Hale Koa Hotel they have a wonderful Luau which we went to on Monday evening. We saw the roast pig raised from the “Imu” the name for the pit that is used for cooking. The meal was great, in included Kailua Pig, Mahi Mahi, Chicken, Sweet Potato, and of course the Poi!!! The Polynesian Review was well done and it ended with two young men doing the Samoan Fire Dance.