Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing just dandy and are enjoying your week! Geesh, it seems like forever ago when we were in Hawaii but I still have so much to share with you. Don’t worry all you DIY loving people out there, home decor posts are coming soon. I have lots of surprises in store as we go into November.
If you missed my first Hawaii post, you can read about all of our adventures at the zoo, North Shore, the Byodo-in Temple, and Waikiki.
This post is going to focus more on the historical yet still really neat things that you can do on the island of Oahu.
First off, Pearl Harbor was the highlight of the island for me. Really. I’m a person who appreciates history but am in no way a buff. You definitely don’t have to be a history buff at Pearl Harbor. It is a place to remember, a place that is filled with sadness and hope and memories.
Obviously, we first went to the USS Arizona Memorial. You watch a short video about the event, and it was so well done that I cried during it. It was heart breaking and beautiful in its own way. Oh, and did I mention that we went on September 11th? It was a very poignant day.
After the USS Arizona Memorial we went onto the naval base and toured the USS Missouri. It was so neat to see the ship where WWII ended. Plus the symbolism of having the place where WWII started and ended for the US was pretty powerful. The ship was so fun to see too. It really is like a traveling town – it has a library, post office, barber shop and so much more! Oh yes, and teeny tiny living quarters.
We also toured the Bowfin submarine and if I thought people on the Missouri had it hard, whew, the Bowfin was ridiculous. Seriously, your bunk is over a torpedo. I couldn’t do it whatsoever. Yowsers. But it was actually really pretty inside with all its gleaming metallics.
Moving on from Pearl Harbor, we spent an afternoon at the Bishop Museum. It had a lot of history about Hawaii, a planetarium, and a sweet volcano/science building where they actually made simulated lava. Awesome. It was definitely worth going to.
Now, this wouldn’t be a Hawaii post without giving you some eye candy. Hanawa Bay is a gorgeous spot on the Eastern Shore that also has great snorkeling (I hear). The view was enough for me.
That wraps up the Hawaii recap. Please ask if you have any questions – whether you are curious or are planning a trip yourself! I highly recommend staying on Oahu but don’t make that your only island. Island hop! I’m dreaming of Maui now….