Friday, March 19, 2010
Grandma and Grandpa with AZ Kuoppala grandchildren
picture. Center is open to the sky and around the opening it is meant to look like a
volcano. The pillars in front and back represent all the Hawai'ian islands. Next day to
the Arizona Memorial, a consecrated site. Those who were on shore leave on the day
"that will live in infamy", if they so desire, when they pass away they can be cremated and entombed on the Arizona. There is still a drop of oil coming to the surface every once in awhile, referred to as tears of those there entombed.
Went to the North Shore but the waves weren't as high as they are "in Winter" though there were many body surfing. Stopped at the Polynesian Culture Center. First thing we came to was a picture opportunity in a grass skirt! We did not stay for the evening
preformance and we never did see a luau!
Walked the beach of Waikiki but on the sidewalk! Lots of people sunbathing. The
beautiful park like grounds next to the beach is home to many, many homeless. We went on a 2 1/2 hr. whale watch lunch cruise. Did get whale pictures but not with their tail up, just rolling over. We had been warned to dress warmly when I made the reservations but it was not too cold on deck for us Minnesotans.
It seemed as though we were in a foreign country. Yes, English spoken but other
languages we didn't understand. Rode the buses but the street names were also like a
foreign country: Kaiulani, Uluniu, Kealohilani, and our hotel the Royal Garden was located on Olohana, just a block off one of the main bus routes.
Your father tans so quickly and I just get red. Many sites we didn't get to, one being
the Dole Plantation. Aloha.