Thursday, May 7, 2015

Honolulu, Hawaii

We planned an amazing second honeymoon to Hawaii. We spent 2 days in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, so that we could experience Pearl Harbor and then we jetted off to Lihu'e  on the island of Kauai to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Honolulu was very "touristy" there were just so many people! We scheduled a tour to Pearl Harbor and to visit the USS Missouri, a battleship parked in the Harbor and then we toured the city and saw the capital building. 

Pearl Harbor was so humbling and it was an honor to visit this site. We did the audio tour of the memorial, so we got to hear lots of history and stories behind December 7th, 1941. It not only affected our soldiers but also the community of Honolulu. But behind the tragedy, our American Spirit thrived more than ever. The Memorial for the USS Arizona that was one of the ships to have a less fortunate faith during the ambush, was a beautiful site to remember and be thankful for those who gave their life in service for our country.  

We then traveled across the bay to the USS Missouri. The USS Missouri, is a decomissioned battleship that was active during three wars, WWII, Korean and Desert Storm before finally taking rest in the Harbor for us mere muggles to see. Kyle and I were skeptical of the tour at first, but we honestly enjoyed ever second touring the boat. We went of the quick 30 minute guided tour where we learned that the Japanese signed their surrender of WWII on the deck. It was awesome to see the bunks and the cabins the sailors stayed in during their tours. 

Finally, we road the bus thru the city of Honolulu to see the Capital Building, Hawaii Real Estate, and the Punch Bowl, the famous Hawaiin cemetery. After a full day being tourists, we enjoyed dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and a beautiful sunset on Waikiki Beach. 

Pearl Harbor Memorial

USS Arizona remains

Outside the USS Missouri

Tight sleeping quarters

Playing with the ship's guns

Panoramic view of the Harbor off the ship

In front of the weapons

Capitol Building in Honolulu

A present for Mozzy

Sunset from our Hotel Room

Love Birds enjoying the sunshine 


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