Day 28 - O'ahu

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 28

O'ahu, Hawaii

Yesterday was a long day and we were pretty tired but today we were up bright and early   for a change, (even though it was a hot muggy night,) and ready for picking up the car and heading out for the day. I snapped Tina, still doing chores in the sun.

Bit of mis-communication and the car was not delivered, but neither did the guy come to collect me either so I called them up and discovered we had to go collect the car. Off we traipsed but I forgot the address so it took longer than planned then there was a big queue so we went from loads of time to stressed. Well I was. Anyway we got the jam jar in the end and headed off to the airport for our helicopter trip. We’d had a call from them earlier and decided to change to 1pm so we were in good time after all.

Fantastic trip right up to the north shore and back overflying the Waikiki and other beaches which are beautiful and uncrowded. The whole island is pretty special and we could definitely come for longer. Excellent beaches, loads to see, great weather and variety, lush, unhurried, and generally a perfect location. Well recommended. Forgot to say yesterday that dinner in Roy’s was the most expensive, but still less than 40 each, but the best quality so far.  On par with Raymond Blanc we reckon. There is still a fair bit of US military stuff going on like training on the beach, the odd F15 and warships so it’s an interesting place.

The weather is also variable over the island because of the mountains, highest is 4,000 feet so it traps cloud and rains heavily on one side and less on the other. There are lots of surfer dudes, pimped pickups, tribal tats and all manner of surf culture which is all very interested. They also get 50 foot rollers in winter, humpback whales, dolphins and sport fishing. A blessed place for sure.

We also flew over Pearl Harbour which has lots of warships and the sunken Arizona and the valley where many films were shot plus Lost film locations. The trip was longer than normal, 45 mins, and Tina did get a bit queasy but held on to her breakfast. After we landed we set off for a ranch where we did a tour of some of the locations from the films we’d seem from the air. 50 First dates, Pearl Harbour, Lost, George of the Jungle, Mighty Joe Young, Windtalkers, Hawaii 5 O, and loads more. Oh yes, Jurassic Park and Godzilla too so the classic shots from those including the big footprints. That was a great place too and with more time we’d have done more on horseback. Another day maybe. The guide also told us Hawaiian tales and explained some of the language which all sounds very similar. The street names are a tad confusing as they all seem to be variants of the same few syllables.

By then we were a bit tired and it was getting too late but we pressed on to see one of the beaches we’d seen which is also a nature reserve. But we hit Honolulu traffic at 5ish so the freeway was a bit blocked up. We arrived a bit too late but still had a nice walk on the beach and some pics. We can’t go back as it’s closed Tuesdays…

So back to Waikiki which is memorable from the old 5-0 series, via a food shop which we reckon costs more than going out to eat. Still we had a nice steak stir fry.

All in all a very good day, and a lovely island. We need more time here! And we’re only seeing the one island. Tomorrow we are hitting the beaches along the coast line and whatever else we can fit in. Nice.

Safe, sound & wanting more

Mark & Tina


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daveandsue on

Looks really interesting. I can't believe how much you have seen already! No worries if you get sight seeing overload as you'll have it all to remember with these amazing blogs. Have you checked out Trip Wow yet? I am so impressed with technology :-) xxxx

mum b on

looks just what you like you wont want to leave. maria would have shop withdrawal where are they? i went back over some id missed today, i still like all the cannon pictures because of the shapes and colour. not sure about the food no carvery then. love tina waiting for bus, so cool. Hi Sue hope your well l like this idear but it shows up my spelling. love to all.xx

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