Hawaii 2011Trip

Teresa and I had an opportunity to take a little time off, and her brother Thomas wanted to visit Hawaii for the first time, so we decided to make the short plane trip (relatively speaking, compared to flying 16 hours to the mainland) of 8 hours to Hawaii to vacation with him. We fly in late July into the island of Oahu to the city of Honolulu, and checked into our room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in the Waikiki Beach area. Here is a map of the island of Oahu.

Oahu in Hawaiian), known as "The Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and most populous of the islands in the State of Hawai'i. The state capital Honolulu is located on the southeast coast. The island is home to about 953,207 people (approximately 75% of the resident population of the state, with approximately 75% of those living on the "city" side of the island.)

The old Kingdom of O'ahu was once ruled by the most ancient Ali'i in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The first great king of Oahu was Mailikukahi, the law maker, who was followed by many generation of monarchs. Kualii was the first of the warlike kings and so were his sons. In 1773, the throne fell upon Kahahana, the son of Elani of Ewa. In 1783 Kahekili II, King of Maui, conquered Oahu and deposed the reigning family and then made his son Kalanikupule king of Oahu. Kamehameha the Great would conquer in the mountain Kalanikupule's force in the Battle of Nuuanu. Kamehameha founded the Kingdom of Hawaii with the conquest of Oahu in 1795. Hawaii would not be unified until the islands of Kauai and Niihau surrendered under King Kaumualii in 1810. Kamehameha III moved his capital from Lahaina, on Maui to Honolulu, Oahu in 1845. Iolani Palace, built later by other members of the royal family, is still standing, and is the only royal palace on American soil.

We got there a day before Thomas, and wandered around the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, which is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii, the fifteenth largest shopping mall in the United States, and the largest open-air shopping center in the world. We then walked further down the road to some other shopping centers picking up some snorkeling gear, and we got a chance to see some locals at a smaller mall doing some Hula dancing.
We stopped and took in the free show for a while.
Men, boys, women and girls all took turn doing different dances. They were pretty good!
The next day Thomas arrived....here is a shot of Thomas and his sister Teresa seeing each other for the first time in two years.
Me and Thomas doing the Hawaiian "Hang Loose" move. You see everyone doing it all the time in Hawaii...it's kinda cool to do back.
A view from our room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort that I booked for us to stay at. We stayed here for 5 days before heading to the Big Island of Hawaii. In the shot below, a cruise ship does a dinner voyage each night along the island.
Looking to the right outside our balcony is a bustling Waikiki street..

The first night there we wandered about 20 blocks down the strip and wound up at an outdoor mexican eatery...the food was pretty good!

We all pose for a photo wearing sombreros..
Heading back to the hotel, Teresa and I had our picture taken by Thomas in front of the resort.

The next day we took a van to Pearl Harbor to see the memorials of the USS Arizona, USS Okalahoma and USS Utah. As well as see some other exibits such as the USS Bowfin.

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawai?i, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of O?ahu was the action that led to United States involvement in World War II.

 

USS Bowfin (SS/AGSS-287), Balao-class submarine, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the bowfin, a voracious, predatory fish native to the Great Lakes, the Mississippi valley, and nearby waters. Since 1981, it has been open to public tours at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, next to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.

I have visited the Bowfin before, but each time it is very enjoyable. Here is the URL to data about the submarine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bowfin

Below is the forward torpedo room

Control Room, with tons of switches, dials and levers.
Sean at the Comm!
The back engine room...the electric engine room. It has both a diesel engine room and a battery electric engine room.
A shot looking over the Bowfin's aft US Flag looking at the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri.

Me and Thomas at the 5 inch deck gun!

The prettiest gunner of them all!
Looking up at the periscope mast and radar stacks.
Spotters stations on the bridge..
The forward anti aircraft gun.
A mural of the attack inside the museum.

We took a boat next to the USS Arizona Memorial.

The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it crosses above the middle of the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, opened in 1980 and operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.

Turret #3, the only one that still sticks out of the water. While the superstructure and two of the four main gun turrets were removed, the barbette of one of the turrets remains visible above the water. Memorial services are regularly held in the shrine, with an ever-smaller number of Arizona survivors attending over the years. Warships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and other navies routinely salute Arizona when passing through Pearl Harbor.
Crowds look forward and aft of the mighty battleship.
The flag always flies at half-mast over the memorial.
Looking down thru the water at a mooring post.
The list of the dead from the attack. On the Arizona alone, 1,177 lives were lost.
There were 5 Harris's that were killed, including a N.B. Harris. Possibly a Nathaniel? Our family has a history of many Nathaniel Harris's.

As of 2011, 70 years after the explosion that destroyed Arizona, oil leaks from the hull still rise to the surface of the water. Arizona continues to leak about a quart (0.95 L) of oil per day into the harbor. Survivors from the crew say that the oil will continue to leak until the last survivor dies Upon their death, survivors of the attack may have their ashes placed within the ship, among their fallen comrades. Veterans who served aboard the ship at other times may have the ashes scattered in the water above the ship. The Navy, in conjunction with the National Park Service, has recently overseen a comprehensive computerized mapping of the hull, being careful to honor its role as a war grave. The Navy is considering non-intrusive means of abating the continued leakage of oil to avoid the further environmental degradation of the harbor.

Looking from the USS Arizona Memorial at the USS Missouri.

USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Looking forward at the USS Bowfin.

We then traveled to Ford Island Naval Base to look at the The Pacific Aviation Museum is located on Ford Island, located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The museum site occupies 16 acres (65,000 m2) of the 440-acre (1.8 km2) island. It includes three historic hangars and an air traffic control tower.

One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, the museum is located near the Battleship Missouri and the new USS Oklahoma Memorial in the hangars of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, marking the beginning of US involvement in World War II.

A6M2 Zero painted as one of the Pearl Harbor attackers.

Painting of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, with Battleship Row in the top right.

A breakdown of what the attacking pilots would have seen.

A list of the armaments used by the Japanese...

P-40 aircraft, a few got up from the island to try to defend the US Forces.

A B-25 bomber, the kind used by Doolittle Raid and his crew to attack Tokyo from an Aircraft Carrier a few months later.

An SBD Dauntless dive bomber is the centerpiece in retelling of the Battle of Midway

An authentic F4F Wildcat is featured in the Guadalcanal diorama as the story of the “Cactus Air Force” is told.

Another hangar and another Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Notice the bullet holes in the windows. These are from the Pearl Harbor Attack, and have never been replaced, as a tribute to that day.

A cloth covered Piper Cub being restored.

A Korean War Era jet being rebuilt.

A Vietnam War F-4 Phantom being rebuilt

There were many aircraft, including Helicopters, jets and trainers being rebuilt.

P-40 Warhawk.

Later that night we road the trolly around Waikiki. $2 a trip, or passes were available too.