Day 29 - Last day in O'ahu
Trip Start May 11, 2010
70Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Last day in O'ahu
Today we planned to see the island a bit more in our rental car. Which is nice but not the same as the Kia and a bit expensive by the time all the 'extras’ are added in like insurance, parking, drop off fee etc.
We managed to talk to Vic on skype but not Meg who was out for dinner and after that we faffed about a bit and then set off. Not much of a plan except to visit a snorkelling bay (which we got to too late again) and see what else we could find along the way.
We were confused about Hawai’I so looked it up – it’s 7 main islands, one of which is called Hawai’I but nicknamed The Big island so it’s not confused with O’ahu which has 75% of the population but is one of the smaller islands
I forgot to mention our noticing our age. Yesterday was the first time I had to write down I was 50 on some declaration, but I don’t get the senior discounts yet. We seem to be relying on reading glasses this trip too. I reckon the computer screen is too small. But the worst is that Tina spent a week putting ‘conditioner’ in her hair which turned out to be body lotion. Ho hum.
So off we headed for the beach via the Dole Plantation which used to be the biggest pineapple exporter in the world, 90% of all world pineapples in the 19 something. Before that we stopped off at some botanical gardens which were fun. They had some interesting and massive trees, also some green ones. Tina got in the bush to pose with a flower and ended up with pollen all over her white top, very native. The green trees were weird, but they come from the Philippines so not native
Back to the car with Jill ‘recalculating’ her little GPS heart out we got back on the road for the plantation. We decided to do the train tour of the working plantation, which sadly was a toy type train with a commentary and a few songs from some unknown but quite melodic Hawaiian chap (whose CD is ONLY available in the Dole shop). About half way through we realised it was a bit staged as there were no workers. Still it was nice to see the pineapples growing – they are only a few feet off the ground. We ignored the frosty looks we got from the woman opposite who’d tried to blag a whole carriage as she had a gammy leg. Except it was fine in the queue. We took our pineapple chunk on a cocktail stick which was pretty tasty and headed to the shop to buy some. The biggest producer in the world and they sold everything but their own pineapple. Odd. You could buy all sorts of pineapple shaped things but no actual cut, ready to eat pineapple.
So we pressed on to the beach which was excellent but got there a bit too late to swim. Had a beach lunch and sunbathed for a few hours
Big travel day tomorrow as we head for Sydney. We cross the equator and the date line which is a first for us both. Bit dubious about the airplane configuration and also it’s 10 hours which is more than we had hoped for – that one must have slipped by. So tomorrow we lose a day….
Safe, sound, & a bit sad to leave so soon
Mark & Tina