After lunch, we continued around the island, looking at beaches. Some were rugged and kind of deserted,
These were some cute local boys who were leaving....
After watching the surfers for awhile, we found some more rocky beaches again
before we finally headed inland to the Dole Pineapple Plantation.
We took the 20 minute “train” ride to look at the fields of pineapples, had a pineapple smoothie, and bought a few things in the store.
Walking down the street, there are stores like this.
Another block or two down the street, on the beach side, there was a platform where a free program was in progress. We sat there and watched some hula dancers while a really good group sang Hawaiian music. It was really fun to watch.
When we got back to the hotel, we went to the 3rd floor, where they have a café and bar, which has a stage. We sat there and listened to a performer for awhile, and I even requested that he sing Iz’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which he did. After that we headed upstairs.
You can see the Memorial out in the harbor, and just a little way to the left is the USS Missouri where they signed the peace treaty with the Japanese. To the far left was a ship that just happened to be in the harbor
Anyway, when it was our turn, we went into the theater and saw an excellent documentary about the attack on
We spotted a sting ray swimming close to the Memorial, and there was a group of divers there who we were told were filming a documentary.
After that, I twisted Tom’s arm to drive up the coast to Makaha beach. It was pouring rain for awhile, but it moved on after about 20 minutes. My favorite Hawaiian singer, Iz Kamakawiwo’ole, sings a song titled “Take Me Home Country Road,” and the song starts out: “Almost heaven, West Makaha, high-ridge mountains, crystal-clear blue water,” and I really wanted to see it. Unfortunately, that side of the island is very poor, and there were many squatters and shacks on the beaches, so it wasn’t a very pleasant drive, but we did make it to Makaha, and I got my picture, and it was a beautiful little beach.
By then it started pouring—liquid sunshine! So we showered, and went to find some place to eat. We really didn’t want to walk around any more in the rain, so decided to eat there in the hotel at an Italian place. It was excellent! Tom had spaghetti and meatballs, and I had a thinly sliced steak on a bed of arugula, a kind of lettuce. It was delicious. And if that wasn’t enough, afterwards we went to Cold Stone and shared a waffle cone full of chocolate ice cream. There was a beautiful sunset, and someone had done a sand sculpture on the beach.
The end of another very full, very tiring, and very wonderful day!