The Punchbowl In 1948 a memorial to those who perished from the attacks on Pearl Harbor was built in Honolulu Hawaii. It was designed and built into the Pu'owaina Crater which means Hill of Sacrifice. The dedication is considered one of the most touching, and also one of the most beautiful of all American burial sites. The National Memorial Cemetery in Oahu is known as the Punchbowl Memorial.
Mike and I successfully climbed Diamond Head. We ascended the .7 mile long trail which is unpaved and has an uneven rock and dirt surface. It leads through a dark tunnel and involves climbing 271 steps through a narrow spiral staircase inside an unlit bunker.
The winding staircase to the top of Diamond Head.
USS Bowfin (SS-287) is a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII, and helped to make famous the term, “Silent Service.” Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942, exactly one year to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger, so it is fitting that she is permanently home ported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Dole Plantation Different types of pineapples We made a brief stop at the plantation. We enjoyed pineapple flavored ice cream.
We flew into Hilo airport and our hotel was on the opposite side of the island. We had a two hour drive on Saddle road. It is a winding road with hills like a roller coaster and bridges that only has room for one car at a time. It was a nerve racking drive for me, but Mike loved it. Saddle Road
The 1200-foot splendor of the twin Hi‘ilawe Falls, Hawaii's highest single-fall. This waterfall is the backdrop for several movies like Jurasic Park.
The Waipiʻo Valley is a mile wide at the coastline and almost six miles deep. Along the coast is a beautiful black sand beach often used by motion picture production companies. On both sides of the valley there are cliffs reaching almost 2000 feet with hundreds of cascading waterfalls. The road into the valley is very steep (a 25% grade). In order to travel into the valley, you must either ride down in a four wheel drive vehicle or hike down to the valley floor.
The Waipiʻo Valley is often referred to as the "Valley of the Kings" because it was once the home to many of the rulers of Hawaii. The valley has both historical and cultural importance to the Hawaiian people
Maui Aston Paki Maui Hotel We spent 5 nights here
Our first night in Maui we experienced hurricane winds. It was kind of scary. The next day continued to be very windy. These pictures show the waves being pushed sideways.