Thursday, April 07, 2011

St. Augustine By The Sea

Just steps from Waikiki Beach, St. Augustine by the Sea certainly has location, doesn't it!?

~Steve

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Hawaiian Boogie Boarding Is Harder Than It Looks!

I know these locals make it look easy, and maybe I'm just a middle-aged East Coast guy, but riding these waves takes some skill...And some muscle...My triceps and calves are killing me after just an hour on the board!

~Steve

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The World's Largest Ceiling Fan

I know this is random, but that is one huge ceiling fan at the Hawaii Convention Center...

~Steve

Monday, April 04, 2011

Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona exploded and sunk on December 7, 1941, and has ever since been the tomb for over 1,000 Americans. Given the importance of this location, the memorial serves as a proper tribute to the lives that were lost that day. A simple white structure situated directly over the submerged remains.

~Steve

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The View From Diamond Head

Waikiki, the Pacific Ocean, a volcanic crater...need I say more!?

~Steve

Hiking Up To Diamond Head Crater

Apparently, the most famous visual in all of Hawaii is Diamond Head Crater. This was good news for me, as the blown out remnant from a volcanic explosion about 150,000 years ago is located not all that far from Waikiki where I am staying.

Although the hike was not super difficult or anything like that (don't get me wrong; it is a bit strenuous), the main feature of the climb is the fact that you are walking up the inside of the crater in what is Fort Ruger, a United States military reservation. What this means is that as you climb, you encounter not just a trail with switchbacks, but also steps, tunnels, and what appear to be the remains of some old bunkers, the last of which you have to crawl out of to get your first glimpse of Oahu and the Pacific Ocean from on high.

~Steve