We took the day “off” and hung out at the hotel pool ALL DAY LONG. It was magical. And much needed.
I could (and did, happily!) look at this for hours.
While the kids happily did this for hours:
The main purpose of stopping in Honolulu before heading over to the Big Island (our final destination) was going to Pearl Harbor. My grandfather and my father in-law were both in the Navy during WWII, and it was important to Tee and I that we visit such a historic site if we had the opportunity. So we were up early the next morning to do just that.
We happened to be there while the NIOC Change of Command ceremony was taking place. I found the formality of the event intriguing.
This is why the air in Hawaii always smells so good. Plumeria trees are everywhere!
We bought tickets to tour the USS Arizona, but before we could go, the Navy closed the harbor to boat travel because of choppy water. This prevented us from being able to cross the harbor to where the Arizona was docked. We would have to wait until tomorrow…
* Remember you can click on any picture to enlarge it. Enjoy!
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time.
Q: How do you blog an entire trip to the most photogenic place on earth?
A: One day at a time.
So… the first picture from Day one was taken after 8 hours in an airplane, an hour at the airport, an hour in the car, and while we were waiting on our luggage to be brought up to the room. We just sat in awe of the view from our balcony for awhile.
When we finally got our bags, and I got my camera, we went for dinner and a drive into the hills above Honolulu. First stop: to let the kids run off some energy at a city park. This was the only picture I could get them to stand still for, and then just barely.
While we were up there, we saw our first rainbow of the trip.
(Doesn’t it look like it’s actually hitting the palm tree?!)
After the drive up above Diamond Head, we went back to our hotel and hit the beach.
The kids played for a long while…
They were in heaven!
The light cast a delicious golden glow on their skin… Yummy!
And then… there was the sunset to blow away all other sunsets. I thought that Hawaiian sunsets like the ones I’ve seen in pictures happened only rarely, but I learned that every sunset is a spectacular display.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful, the light changed and created something completely new.
Every sky looked as if it were a painting or a watercolor. Magnificent. Speechless.