I’ve finally had the time to go through some of the photos from my Hawaii Trip. I’ve been wanting to put this blog post up for a while now but haven’t had the time to edit the photos. I had such an amazing time when I was over there that I kept forgetting to take photos. Here are some of the few that I took.
The thing that interest me the most about Hawaii is its history. Growing up in the Philippines I learned all about how the Philippines was involved in the war and General Douglas MacArthur’s promise of “I came through and I shall return” referring to his escape from the Philippines which at the time was being overrun by the Japanese. The Japanese wanted to get the Americans back for interfering with the Japanese military actions resulting in the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The peace treaty that was signed on USS Missouri in 1945 finally ended the war and set the Philippines free.
There’s a little bit of history for you haha.
The USS Arizona Memorial is the white structure you see in the photos. It sits directly above the USS Arizona battleship – one of the many battleships attacked during the bombing of Pearl Harbour. When USS Arizona was hit, the magazine ignited resulting in an explosion. Out of the 1,511 crew only 334 survived. Some bodies were recovered but were unidentifiable and it was decided that the bodies that were located at the rear end of the ship were to be left unrecovered. It’s such a tragic story.
Here’s an aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial.
I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with Couchsurfing.com ? It’s a website that gets travellers together. Fellow travellers can choose to meet up, host or stay with other travellers for free. It’s called couch surfing because you go from one couch to another. No, it isn’t a dating site. It’s a cheap method of travelling if you’re on a budget.
I’m not particularly a person who would just meet up with a random but guess what, I did and it’s probably up there on my greatest life experiences list.
I met this girl named Louise who is a marine biologist originally from Ohio. She is absolutely lovely! We just instantly clicked. She picked me up from my hotel and she showed me around Oahu. We even watched Mockingjay at the movies. Also, can I just say how much Hawaiians are fitness freaks (or at least the people I met were anyway). I did my first ever yoga session while I was over there and I loved it.
On the first night that I met Louise, her and housemate Beau drove me to this beach about 45 minutes out of Waikiki and we sat around a bonfire and ate smores, drank warm apple cider with fireball and danced around in trashbags in the rain with other foreigners who were all so lovely.
Inarguably, one of the best nights of my life. So happy I pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
|My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”|
Also visited Hangar 79 where all the fighters, bombers and patrol jets were during the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbour. In the second photo you can see the bullet holes fired by the Japanese Imperial Navy.
|Movie Site Location for 50 First Dates|
|Sunset on Waikiki Beach|
|Sunset dinner cruise|
Quick Travel Tips:
- The Pearl Harbour visitor centre opens at 7am. It is free to get in, however you will need to pay to see the sites like USS Missouri, The Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin and the Pacific Aviation Museum (Hangar 79).
- There are a certain amount of free tickets daily for the Arizona Memorial, however, it’s a first come first serve basis.
- The ticket to the Arizona Memorial, doesn’t guarantee you a visit to the memorial as it is the US Navy’s call on whether or not the boat is cancelled. It is weather permitting.
- Hire a car! It is the best way to get around the island.
- If you are only interested in Waikiki and its amazing shopping, you can catch the Waikiki Trolley for $2 and they take you around Waikiki, stopping at each trolley stop.
- You have got to try shrimp from a shrimptruck!
- If you don’t do the movie sites tour at Kualoa Ranch, you’re not missing out on much. I have a photo above of one of the movie sites from 50 First Dates and I was so excited because it’s one of my favourite movies, but then when I got there it’s pretty much just a block of land with a sign saying “50 First Dates Film Location.” The views around the place however, are stunning!
- I suggest you do the ATV tour instead of the bus tour. Looked more fun!
- You have got to go to The Cheesecake Factory! Amaaaaaazing food.
That’s about it. Sorry for the long post guys!! Let me now if you have any questions about Hawaii. I might be able to help you.
Have you been to Hawaii before? Did you like it?