Category Archives: Hawaii

Polynesian Cultural Centre – Tonga Show

As I mentioned in an earlier blog this entertainer was amazing. Today I found him on Youtube.

Enjoy 🙂

-Ray

Iolani Palace

The last sightseeing done in Honolou is the only royal castle that is in the USA. The Iolani Palace. It was large and grand, but there where not allowed to take pictures inside. So just a couple of shots outside. But if ever in Honolulu , make a trip to the palace.

It is big and grand.

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This was a adjacent building to the castle that was used as a private chamber to the King and Queen

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A picture form the park outside the castle

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Hiking trip to the Manoa Falls

Today it was time to do some of the very famous hiking trails in the mountains of Oahu. And the target of this trip was the Manoa Waterfalls. This is a realy scenic route, and it was quite enjoyable.

Pleace enjoy some picture and short films from the trip.

It is a fairly short trip , about one hour, and we are in America so first a few warnings … just to keep us safe…..

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We did not have to venture long before the nature showed it self from its best side

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This is the actual valley where some of the old special effect movie Jurassic Park was recorded….

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We followed a nice prepared trail up to the waterfalls, it had probably been raining during the day and hence it was a bit muddy along the path.

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It was a lot of tourists going up the the mountain, most of them american and japanise .

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Then we arrived at the top of the mountain. It was quite spectacular.

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And last but not least, a short video showing some of the landscape while I was doing the trip down from the waterfall..

-Ray

Pearl Harbour

When you are in Hawaii there is one attraction you just have to see, Pearl Harbor.  This historical background is located nicely outside Honolulu, and makes a significant role in the end of World War 2.  The tour consit of four sights. The battleship US Missouri where WW2 officially ended with the signing of the Japanese surrender, the aviation museum that shows a lot of aircrafts that have been used, the Bowfin museum that are an outdated submarine, and of course the Arizona memorial. One of the large battleships sunk by the japanese when they attacked Perl Harbor and are the grave of over 1100 sailors and soldiers.  This historical sight is a day well spent when in Hawaii.

First you have the entrance. By the way. The reson for all the flags are in half mast is that the president have ordered a national day of sorrow due too the shooting in Virgina a few days ago…

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Here you have the US Missouri , the last of the US Battleships and the biggest one ever built. The entrance is quite patriotic…..

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A different view of the ship

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This is the documents signed om the Missouri that ended WW2. The complete surrender of Japan

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The next stop was the aviation museum. It had a facinating display of aircrafts, both military and commercial.

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Very impressive display.

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The next attraction is the Bowfin museum. The Bowfin is a real WW2 Submarine, and you get to walk inside and take a look about what they did, and how the crew lived.

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Inside the sub it is quite narrow and difficult to navigate……

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The last attraction made the most impression on me. The Arizona memorial. This is the site where the Battleship Arizona was sunk the 7. december 1941. Over 1100 people died here, and they never raised the ship, but builded a memorial on top of the actual ship.

To get out to the memorial you take a short shuttle boat operated by the navy.

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Then you se how it is made.

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When you get on the site you can walk thru it. And you can look at the remains of the ship itself within the water

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This wall inside the memorial displays all the names of those who died onboard the ship.

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A view thru the entire memorial

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The last picture shows a map of the pacific located on the grounds outside the visiting center.

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As I said earlier in the article, the Pearl Harbour sites are well worth a visit if you are in Hawaii …

-Ray

Getting some ink done.

When you travel it is nice to have something to remember your journeys by.  I have for the last years started getting some tattoos from different parts of the world.

So today I would finally conclude my backpice that I started three years ago.  The first part I got in Ft. Lauderdale in the USA, the second in the Bahamas, the next ones in Thailand, and now the final part here in Honolulu.

The choosen tattooist was Kazaan from A Tiki Tattoo in Honolulu.

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I wanted something to conclude my work so far, and we agreed on a kind of mountain / forrest / sun theme as a background to bring out the other animal style tattoos that I have from earlier.

After two and a half hour of hard work from my tattoo artist Kazan, and a lot of unpleasentries for me the result was finished.

It was very nice to see when a good plan comes together. How it all fits.  (If people are unfamilliar with tattoos… the colour of the ink will fade into the same colour after a few weeks….)

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Swimming with sharks

Today was one of my big childhood dreams came alive. I had the oportunity to go into a shark cage and see live sharks all around me on the north shore outside Oahu, Hawaii. That was very cool 🙂

We had to be at the boat at 6.15, that ment a early rise , and a 50 minute car ride from Waikiki to get to the boat.

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Then it was time to venture out. The captain and his mate was very nice, and gave there instructions.

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Then it was time to leave the harbour.

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The cage looks kind of scary.. but it was very safe (at least more safe than beeing on the outside of it….)

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Here are some photos taken by me with a disposable waterproof camera. First time as a natural photographer under the surface of the ocean. I have to admit that swimming, diving and taking pictures are quite difficult….

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Here are to more buddies

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Here are one a bit far of….

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Here are two more

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Then I was back in the boat safe and sound after a very interesting experience

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Dole Plantation

I am a big fan of pineapple. So when I am in Hawaii, it is a natural choise to go to the Dole Plantation that are dedicated to Mr. Dole that startet the big pineapple business worldwide.

So here are some images form the plantation

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It had a “little” train ride showing of the plantation.

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Since the Hawaiian islands is made from vulcanic activity, the soil is full of iron , and hence red. That makes excellent pineapple.

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Lots and lots of water is needed. Here are the plantations reservoir

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Inside the plantation they had made a kind of park. The flowers and colours where beautiful

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A small pond with a lot of Koi fish was there. I guess the Koi fish was there to pleace the Japanese tourists…..

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The plantation also have the world largest maze. I did not venture inside…. but it was cool to have seen it.

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