Hawaii Trip – Day 11

This was Micah & my ‘date’ day for our anniversary! When we found out we were going to Hawaii we were super excited! The only thing we really wanted to see that wasn’t on the Big Island was Pearl Harbor, so we ended up buying tickets & flying to Oahu for just one day! (Thanks to my parents & Uncle Caleb & Aunt Myken for watching the kids!) It was a super full, super crazy day & we certainly didn’t get to see everything, but we got a good taste & felt like we’d gotten a good overview!

 

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But first we had to get there & to get there we had to fly in a prop plane!!! Flying is not my favorite thing under any circumstances, but this made me quite nervous! It ended up being just fine!

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Hello, Maui!

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As we arrived at Pearl Harbor, there was a rainbow over the water!

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U.S.S. Oklahoma Memorial – The white pillars represent the 429 men who lost their lives & are reminiscent of the way the naval crew would “man the rails” in their dress whites.

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The U.S.S. Bowfin. We opted not to go inside since we didn’t have that much time & we’ve already visited a submarine.

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The anchor from the U.S.S. Arizona

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The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

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Inside the memorial

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The names of 1,102 sailors & marines who lost their lives & are still considered “on duty” inside their ship

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This was perhaps the hardest for me: oil is still leaking from the hull of the ship, even after 75 years. It was like a link to the past & made it seem so much more real.

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The U.S.S. Battleship Missouri

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The seal on the Missouri at the spot where the surrender was signed by Japan. My great-grandfather was onboard another battleship in the same bay on the day the surrender was signed.

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A copy of the document

Even though there was more we could have seen at Pearl Harbor, we opted to leave & see a few things in Honolulu before returning to the airport. (Ok, literally drive by & snap a picture)

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Statue of King Kamehameha

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The Iolani Palace

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Kawaiahao Church made of coral

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State Capitol Building

We did stop & walk around at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. It’s similar to Arlington National Cemetery as it is also a military cemetery. It’s located in a volcanic crater & is known as Punchbowl Cemetery.

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The memorial

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The view from the top of Honolulu was amazing!

Happy 12th Anniversary to us! I’m so thankful that God gave me a history-loving spouse. Not everyone would want to have a visit to Pearl Harbor be their anniversary trip!

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