I am trying to catch up on my blogging and finish up the story of our incredible trip to Hawaii – here’s one more installation…
We decided to spend the morning at Pearl Harbor, seeing what we could of the memorial. We knew that with a toddler it would be a shortened version of all that we could see. Even though we were on the shortened plan, it was still incredibly powerful to be there. We got tickets to go out to the memorial later in the morning, which you get to via a boat. And since we were waiting for our time slot we bought tickets to go over to the Battleship Missouri. We took a bus to get over to it, which might have been the highlight of Jack’s trip. For the remainder of the trip, every single time we saw a bus he would say “bus. On!” We had to explain to him that we didn’t have a ticket, over and over and over. It was really cute.
Anyway, we toured around the Missouri on our own. We saw the place where a Japanese kamikaze pilot ran into the Battleship, and we saw the location where the Japanese surrendered.
Walking around on the deck, looking over Pearl Harbor, and feeling the weight of history that lives on in that water was quite a sobering moment.
We took the bus back to the other side of the harbor to board the boat for the tour of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I didn’t really know much about the memorial itself until we got there, but it turns out that it is floating in the water over the location of where the USS Arizona went down after being bombed. The memorial itself is a very striking, austere but elegant white structure. It looks beautiful and somber floating on the far side of the harbor. Before you board the boat, you get to watch a brief film that tells the background and story of Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, we never got to board the boat, as the wind had picked up, and they stopped running boats out to the memorial. I was disappointed, but as John says, it gives us a good reason to go back.
After a nap, John, Jack, and I headed over to Diamond Head to get some exercise and see some views. It was absolutely beautiful! John carried Jack up, and I carried him down, and we both got some really good exercise! The view of Honolulu from the top was gorgeous, but even more beautiful was the view to the north and the ocean.
When we got home we shipped Jack off with Auntie Allie and headed out for date night. We had gotten a reservation at Nobu, and I am here to tell you that if you have the chance to eat at one of these restaurants, GO! It was incredible. Possibly some of the best food I’ve ever eaten! We let the server suggest his favorites, and he steered us in the perfect direction. WOW. Then, we weren’t ready to go home, so we asked him where we could go sing karaoke – and he told us how to get to a place a couple of blocks away. Turns out it was one of those places where you rent your own little room, not a bar where you sing with everyone. We had never done karaoke at one of those before, and it was actually SUPER FUN! You don’t have to wait for anyone else to sing, you don’t have to be embarrassed of singing in front of other people, and you can try and song because you can just skip it ahead if you don’t like it. Totally great, and a very fun way to end our second day in Honolulu.