Hawaii and California
06.06.2016 - 16.06.2016
RTW day #170 Docked in Acapulco, Mexico
June 6, 2016 Hilo Hawaii
First, we did a stop at the Mona Loa Macadamia nut plantation. We drove thru the large planting of nut trees and wound up at the factory. They had an outside viewing platform over the work area to be able to see the production line. Of course, we had some time to visit the factory outlet store for samples and purchases. It smelled real good in there and lots of flavors to taste.
We then headed to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park was established in 1916 to protect and interpret the unique environment of Kilauea and Mona Loa volcanoes. The park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. After a rest stop at the visitor center, we headed for the Jaggar Museum to see videos of volcanic eruptions, geologic displays and working seismic equipment. From this location, there are many overlooks into the Kilauea Caldera and Halema’uma’u Crater which are quite large and a consistent plume of volcanic gas was to be seen. The rim also had large amounts of sulfur deposits. Following our time there, we headed to the Thurston Lava Tubes. The tube was discovered in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston and was amazing to see and walk thru.
June 7 2016 Honolulu, Hawaii
Our tour was Pearl Harbor & City Highlights. We first went to Pearl Harbor National Monument. We had some free time to visit the displays around the complex before our scheduled time to view the video. However, the winds kicked up and we were not permitted to board the US Navy launch to visit the memorial site. Again, Mother Nature had her way with our trip. The 184 ft long Memorial structure for the 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship. President Eisenhower approved the creation of the memorial in 1958, construction was completed in 1961 and dedicated in 1962.
From there, we drove up to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). This cemetery honors American’s fallen heroes from WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. At the Koolau mountains, we made a stop at the Nu’uanu Pali lookout over the windward side of Oahu. And I really mean the WINDward side. So windy we could barely stand up but it was spectacular views.
We traveled back to central Honolulu for a visit to the King Kamehameha I statue and the Iolani Palace, the former home to the last two Hawaiian monarchs (Queen Lili’uokalani and King Kalakaua) and the only royal palace in the United States.
That night we had the 1940’s Patriotic Event aboard the USS Missouri. We received a lei greeting from keiki (kids) hula dancers then boarded the boat for a welcoming mai-tai. After exploring the boat we had heavy pupus and wine and beer under a tent. The entertainment was 1940’s music , singers and dancers. All the wait staff was dressed in costume. A good time was had by all.
June 8, 2016 Lahaina, Maui
We have been to Lahaina many times for vacations so we just walked around the town, stopped at Crazy Shirts shop, Maui Divers Black Coral shop and got a shaved ice. Right by the pier, there is a 60 foot Banyan tree which dates to the 19th century. The air roots from the main tree have grown to the ground and made new trees. It’s amazing to see how many trees can be entwined together.
June 9, 2016 Nawiliwili, Kauai
Again, we have been to Kauai many times. We took the shuttle to Kmart and a shopping mall. There was a UPS Store there so we decided to go back to the ship, pack up our purchases from the previous 5 months and send them off now instead of waiting till San Diego where everyone else is sending their stuff. It’s nice to be rid of all that stuff in our small cabin.
June 15, 2016 Los Angeles, Ca.
We had a bit of rough sea swells on most of the 5 days crossing the Pacific Ocean. This did not bother Roger and I much except for bouncing off the walls in the narrow hall ways. Los Angeles to Miami is our last segment, so it is hitting most of the RTW guests that it is coming to an end. This was also our LAST Life Boat Drill. YEAH!! We had one the first day of each segment and, on the longer segments, one every 14 days.
We did a discover LAX tour that hit the highlights of Los Angeles and Hollywood. We stopped at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, TCL Chinese Theater (Grauman’s), Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Farmers Market to name a few. Did not see anyone famous, Darn.
June 16, 2016 San Diego, Ca
We only had from 8:30am to 3:30pm in San Diego. We decided to take a local shuttle to a small mall and the Seaport Village. They had a lot of unique shops and restaurants (and Starbucks!!) at the village.
We stayed there a few hours then headed back to the ship. Roger made a stop for a tour at the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum that was berthed near our ship.
We have 7 more ports plus the Panama Canal Transit prior to Miami so I plan to do the last post in Key West and maybe one with a lot of ship board photos. For those few that might interested you might be able get a glimpse of our canal transit at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html. We are scheduled to transit on June 26th, entering at 6:00am and exiting at 5:00pm local time. There are several cameras covering the length of the canal. We’ll be the white ship with the big O on the stack.