Oahu Island Tour... the North Side

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We had debated on going to Pearl Harbor on the anniversary, but since today was Bryan's last day here, we all went to the Memorial this morning.  And, let me tell you, it was absolutely incredible.  As a history minor, deeply interested in the Pacific warfront (my grandpa fought in the Philippines and New Guinea), I was thoroughly moved by the memorial.  Even more awesome was listening to the veterans tell their stories.

The tour of the memorial is a highly organized ordeal.  We had to wait an hour before our scheduled tour, but once we were on it, it was only ten minutes aboard the Arizona Memorial.  Oil is still leaking, coming to the water's surface from the sunken battleship.  After taking the tour, we walked around the grounds, each taking in different things.  I was captivated by Roy, a veteran from London, Kentucky, being interviewed by the History Channel.

The North Shore
  TJ and Bryan listened to another soldier, and Judy talked with another, this one a guide who had moved to Honolulu from Galesburg, very close to her hometown.

We spent all morning at Pearl Harbor.  Afterwards, we ate lunch at Anna Miller's restaurant.  I had banana pancakes, something that seemed to be Hawaiian.  We treated ourselves to dessert, so I got a strawberry torte.  We went back to TJ's to change clothes, and since it was his day off, TJ took us around the north side of Oahu to see the island.  We stopped at the beach on the North Shore, I walked out to the water, but since Judy isn't a beach fan, we didn't stay long.  We ate shave ice at the world-famous Matsimoto's (I thought this one may have been a little overrated).  TJ also took us to see the natural landscapes of Chinaman's Hat and another little cove he knew of.

Our luau for this evening was canceled due to weather, so Judy, Bryan and I went to supper at some smorgasbord in Waikiki we just randomly walked past.  We souvenir shopped until we got absolutely drenched in a downpour.  That ended our evening.

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The North Shore
The North Shore
The USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial
Oil is still oozing from the sunke…
Oil is still oozing from the sunk…
the anchor of the USS Arizona
the anchor of the USS Arizona
banana pancakes
banana pancakes
Matsumotos Shave Ice
Matsumoto's Shave Ice
The menu at Matsumotos Shave Ice.
The menu at Matsumoto's Shave Ice.
My coconut... I brought it home wi…
My coconut... I brought it home w…
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