Day 52 - Haleiwa - North Shore Oahu (Hawaii)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Monday, May 20, 2013

A quick pack, we are pretty good at this now, before we wave Rich off for a tour of Pearl Harbor. This was high on Rich's wish list for our trip and we are pleased to be able to make it happen. Rich's tour took him to the Pearl Harbor's Visitor Centre and the USS Arizona Memorial. The USS Arizona and 1,177 of her crew were among the first casualties of the Pacific War; the USS Arizona Memorial stands above the sunken vessel and her fallen sailors, serving as a reminder of their sacrifice and commitment.

For anyone who needs their history lessons slightly refreshed like we did we looked up some information on Pearl Harbor and its significance.

The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The tranquil waters of Pearl Harbor were forever disrupted by the tides of war. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.

The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Two of these were later raised, and with the remaining four repaired, six battleships returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded.

The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day (December 8), the United States declared war on Japan. Subsequent operations by the U.S. prompted Germany and Italy to declare war on the U.S. on December 11, which was reciprocated by the U.S. the same day.

There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy".

Rich enjoyed the experience which was interesting and moving.

Emma, Dylan and Taya played at our hotel, assembled Dylan's new car seat and finished the big pack. Rich and our new hire car arrived back just as we finished our lunch to whisk us away to our next destination. The car was not such a bargain on reflection. Cross about the mis- information we were given. Never mind we live and learn. We choose to head round the East (windward) coast of the island to allow us to take in that coast line on our journey to Oahu's North Shore.

The North Shore is considered to be the surfing mecca of the world, and every December hosts three competitions, which make up the Triple Crown of Surfing. Apparently if there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll find it here. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world, and the waves can reach up to 30ft. The waves are much calmer during the summer which we are just approaching now. The North Shore is also a popular area for filming. The TV show North Shore was filmed in the area, as were the last few seasons of Baywatch. Lost was also filmed almost entirely on Oahu, with much of it filmed on the North Shore.

We are staying in a lovely beach house for the next week. Its a couple of minutes walk from Pupukea Beach. We are thrilled with it; it's beautiful and equipped with everything we need for the coming week. We are really looking forward to spending an entire week in one place with very few plans, and exploring this beautiful place. The little we have seen so far is a million miles away from Waikiki, food trucks by the beach serving local specialities seem to be the way to go for meals.

We walked down to 'our' beach this afternoon and its stunning. The sea looks far from calm but is noisy and interesting. Dylan sets about digging with a stick and then cooking us a meal using the same stick to stir and a shell as a bowl.

We have a BBQ on our deck once the children are in bed, and a few cheeky beers. Tired but still happy.
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Sheila Romburgh from Liz's extracts on

Once again, so interesting and amusing.
I just love reading them and look forward to the next one!!

Liz Cheyne x on

So pleased to read Richard enjoyed his trip and you have arrived safely in another paradise!
It sounds and looks great!
Well done Emma!

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