Kailua to Honolulu to Seattle

Today we had an early morning flight from Kona to Honolulu, then a late night flight home. We got in to Honolulu, checked our bags for the night flight, and rented a car to see the island of Oahu.

We splurged on a Chrysler Sebring convertible! It was sunny. We were at the ultimate beach. We needed a convertible. We cruised Waikiki with our shades on and top down. It felt ridiculously cool. But we reveled in it anyway.

First we paid our respects at the Battleship Arizona Memorial. It’s definitely one of our nation’s sacred grounds. The exhibit was well designed and gave us new insights about the events of that tragic day.

We drove around Diamond Head and out past the gorgeous northeast coast. The cliffs and breakers were breathtaking. The Halona Blowhole was particularly exciting to watch. You’d be looking at a rock over the surf when suddenly mist came firing out like it was a geyser, then BLOWEEE!! Water shot up in a fountain of white. The green covered mountains looked like they were sculpted by some giant working on a huge sandcastle. Surfers were around every bend. Palm trees lined the pearly white beaches. The water was mixes of azure, turquoise, and green. It was the quintessential tropical experience.

While it was sunny most of the day, we did hit a few intense patches of rain. It was the first time we’d been caught out in the rain on the entire trip! Unlike being on the bike, however, all we had to do was stop and put up the top until it was clear again. Which it always was.

We stopped at the Dole Plantation on the way back to Honolulu. Had wonderful pineapple whips (some kind of non-dairy pineapple soft-serve ) and walked about the grounds. We eventually found a Thai restaurant for dinner, then returned our car and headed back to the airport for the long flight home.

Day 8: Monday, August 09, 2004