Pearl Harbor and Ko'Olina Lagoons
AlooooooHA! We've been around so many tourguides lately that I keep hearing them yell out to the tourists: ALOOOOOOWWWW - HA! I don't hear that in everyday life around here... it makes me laugh every time! And the tourists all yell back, "ALOOOOOOOO-HA!!!"
Anyway! Day 3 was Pearl Harbor day! What a very busy place that is!! We showed up and scouted out the parking lots for a while but it was early enough that no one was really leaving yet, so we ended up parking further up the street and paying for the priveledge. LOL
By the time we figured out where we were supposed to go and what we were supposed to be doing, there was a 4 HOUR wait to ferry out to see the USS Arizona Memorial! It was disappointing, but sitting around on a bench for 4 hours waiting for them to call your group when you have antsy and bored kids isn't a good idea.
Here are two pictures of the Arizona Memorial for you, tho.... I took this first one:
And this second one is NOT my own photo, but I wanted to share it with you guys in case you'd never seen it. I bought a super-clear version of this picture at the gift shop while there.
This picture is chilling. I'd always known that the memorial was built right over the sunken Arizona, but I just never pictured THIS in my mind.
So after we decided we'd have to skip the Arizona memorial, we headed over to the USS Missouri ticket window. The "Mighty Mo". The Missouri was the last battleship ever built and was only in use for 11 years. It was the toughest and most menacing ship ever built with guns that could fire a 2,700 pound projectile 23 MILES!
Once you buy your tickets ($16 per person unless you're an island resident... in which case the tickets were $10 per person), you wait in a shuttle bus line. Actually it was a trolly! And it takes you from the main island over to Ford Island where you can get on board the battleship.
Right beside the Missouri ticketing window was the USS Bowfin submarine and museum.
After we finished exploring Mighty Mo, we finally got back to the van and headed out to the Ko'Olina Lagoons for a relaxing afternoon. After being around 1,000's of pushing, sweating people at Pearl Harbor, the lagoons sounded PERFECT.
When it was time to head home, I wanted to take a much more scenic and less travelled road home. It's a VERY interesting drive that starts out on the southern shore of the island on Navy property, and takes you up thru the mountains and over Kolekole Pass. At the end you're on Army property... so no matter which end you start out on, you have to have a military ID to get on this road.... hence the "much less travelled" part.
You can't stop for pictures at any point along the way except for one scenic overlook:
We all hop in the car ready to just buzz home, and after only driving a few feet, we found a peacock! LOL