February 9, 2013

We arrived in Honolulu on the island of Oahu and docked right in town at the Aloha Tower on February 9, 2013. We ventured to the north shore of Oahu. We had a brief tour of Honolulu passing many government buildings and the King Kamehameha Statue, before going over the Koolau Mountains to reach the north shore. Once on the other side we first stopped at the Byodo-in Temple, which houses the oldest Buddha in the US made of wood. Our next stop was at a park where we saw the out island of Mokoli’i (Nicknamed: The Chinaman’s Hat). Next was a beach stop at Malama ‘aina Park which was our first glimpse of the north shore’s waves. After lunch at a famous shrimp shack, we proceeded to Sunset Beach, where there was a local surfing tournament in progress. Our journey continued along the north shore passing Waimea Bay and Kalaka Bay before heading inland for a stop at the Dole Plantation and then returning back to the pier where we walked around the shops of Aloha Tower Marketplace at the base of the tower. We left Oahu just as the sun was setting lighting up Honolulu and Diamond Head and leaving a wonderful impression.

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