Pearl Harbor then Diamond Head
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Everyone always says that you "must" visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial if you are in O'ahu, and for good reason. The memorial itself is a beautiful tribute and a somber reminder of the attack and the sacrifice of so many US soldiers, sailors and civilians. While waiting to take the boat to the memorial, you can peruse the museum, and then you watch a 23 minute film just prior to boarding the boat. I found the film to be the most interesting and powerful part of the experience.
On a side not, Mark spotted Pro Bowl center for the Tennessee Titans, Kevin Mawae, at the memorial. He recognized him because he used to play for the Jets.
After visiting Pearl Harbor, we grabbed some lunch in Aiea at the Monterey Bay Cannery. Even though it's located in the parking lot behind a shopping mall, it has a nice, long screened deck that overlooks watercress fields. We then headed back to Waikiki to climb Diamond Head. The hike itself is not that difficult, but there are a couple of sections of long steep stairs. Each stopping point offers different views either towards downtown Waikiki, the mountains, or in the direction of Hanauma Bay. That night we ate at the Rainbow Lanai buffet, which actually offers many interesting and tasty local dishes including poke, lau lau, and kalua pork.