Oahu - The Gathering Place

10:58 AM Sunday, October 28, 2007

Oahu was nice. I think everyone should try to see Pearl Harbor at least once in their lifetime. Walking within the U.S.S. Arizona memorial is tranquil. There, you witness the "shrine wall" where the names of the 1200 sailors and marines who died aboard the ship are engraved. You can see the oil that trickles out a rate of approximately 2 quarts per day... the survivors called it the tears of the dead who are entombed in her hull. The distance between the memorial and the visitors center provides a unique perspective... to view at a distance what was once called Battleship Row.
I'm deeply grateful for the many men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who put on a uniform everyday. They stand on walls, man ships, and keep our skies safe so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have.
The Latter-day Saint Temple in Laie is immaculate. There's no other way to describe it. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the pathway up to the temple is very spiritual.
Finally, the very famous beaches at Waikiki. Blue, and full of people. What else can you say? Unfortunately, this was not Hawaii to us. What was Hawaii to us, was Kauai, where we would spend the rest of our trip.


  1. I would love to go to Pearl Harbor. So sad that it had to occur, but I think seeing memorials and remembering it helps to never forget and be grateful to those who have died for our freedoms! Great pics John!


  2. You know I would normally comment on ever one of your posts, but with the wealth of info and pictures you've sprung on me I just can't keep up!! What a beautiful job capturing your entire vacation ... makes me look forward to ours even more :) Hawaii really is a magical place. Kauai is an absolutely spectacular island!! I so look forward to sharing the experience with my hubs in a few months!! Thanks for taking the time to share all that you did - it is all fabulous!! Hope things are going well (or are finished) in the basement!!


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