Day 3 - Pearl Harbor and Chinatown

Trip Start Nov 26, 2009
Trip End Dec 04, 2009

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

We got up at our usual time at 6:30 this morning with intentions of beating the crowds while we went down to Pearl Harbor and war memorials.  The weather here today was kind of cloudy with occasional showers.  With all the warmth, the rain showers actually feel kind of good.

The Arizona Memorial down at Pearl Harbor was neat, but somber experience.  The tickets for the Arizona Memorial are free at a first come, first serve basis, which is a really great deal because it included an interesting movie and the boat ride over to the Arizona.  There was even a few Pearl Harbor survivors hanging around.  It would have been really neat to have been there in a week or so when the anniversary memorials start.

     Arizona Memorial    Arizona  Old gun turret on the Arizona

After Pearl Harbor we headed to the Chinatown part of Honolulu where Zach wanted to eat some bizarre and/or scary local foods and shop around a little bit.  We first stopped at a local bakery and grabbed a "coco puff" (pastry filled with custard) and an apple malasada (Portuguese doughnut, it really didn't seemed all that exotic, hehe).  All in all, the food we ended up getting wasn't too scary, but it required me to use chopsticks, so I pretty much just looked like a fool grabbing at the dim sum (dumplings stuffed with different meats, sort of like a pot sticker) since there of course wasn't silverware.  Would you believe Zach is pretty proficient with a pair of chopsticks?  The menu included chicken feet among other scary things, and Zach mentioned that if he were a real man, he would have ordered and ate the chicken feet.  If he would have actually done that I don't think I could have kissed him for a month.

We wandered around Chinatown for awhile, grabbing one of those silly bubble tea drinks along the way and browsing those fun little souvenir shops.  Before we left, we grabbed a cheap lei (I was finally able to get lei'd!  We didn't get one as we got off the airplane) and a pretty bouquet of tropical flowers so we could lay them on the grave of my great-uncle at Punchbowl National Cemetery here in Honolulu.

So after Chinatown, we did drive over to Punchbowl National Cemetery which is located in an extinct volcanic crater.  They have an awesome little visitor center set up, with a computer that made it easy to find my uncle.  The cemetery is located in such a pretty location overlooking Honolulu.  Really beautiful.  My uncle, Robert Simmons, was killed in 1945 when the destroyer he was on, the USS Longshaw, ran aground then was attacked.

After the cemetery, we just ended up going back to our room to relax and drink some local beer we grabbed earlier.  It seems like we've been so busy, we've hardly been able to enjoy the hotel room with the view!  Our prepaid internet runs out in a little while, so I wanted to get in an update, but don't worry, I'm sure we'll get more : )

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Dad on

Looks like you are having a good time.

Lisa on

I am so impressed with all that you are doing and your impressions. I wish I was as thoughtful as you, when I went to Punch Bowl I didn't think to bring flowers. What a wonderful person you are.

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