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.

Waikiki from Diamond Head
  He was visiting the memorial with his family.  Mark actually spoke to him and asked if he could take his picture.  He was very gracious and gave a big grin for the shot.  When Mark asked if he was from Hawai'i, he explained that his father was, but he grew up on the mainland.  He was on vacation like everyone else.       

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. 

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Waikiki from Diamond Head
Waikiki from Diamond Head
USNS Saturn
USNS Saturn
USS Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial
USS Missouri
USS Missouri
Me at Pearl Harbor
Me at Pearl Harbor
Brandon at Pearl Harbor
Brandon at Pearl Harbor
boats to the memorial
boats to the memorial
100 steps at Diamond Head
100 steps at Diamond Head
view from Diamond Head
view from Diamond Head
Brandon at Diamond Head
Brandon at Diamond Head
Brandon at Diamond Head
Brandon at Diamond Head
me at Diamond Head
me at Diamond Head
spiral staircase at Diamond Head
spiral staircase at Diamond Head
100 steps at Diamond Head
100 steps at Diamond Head
tunnel at Diamond Head
tunnel at Diamond Head
Brazilian cardinal
Brazilian cardinal
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