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Beautiful Scenic Photo's & Comments From Trip To Hawaii
Pictures From Our Trip To Hawaii...From scenic views to ocean fronts, Pearl Harbor Memorial, Dole Plantation,Hilton Village and more
Words cannot express the magnificent beauty of God's creation seen on my six day vacation to Hawaii. I earned an incentive trip through my home-based business Home & Garden Party. We flew out the first part of Jan 2007 from OK City to Denver first. Then we flew from Denver to Honolulu ( around 7 1/2 hours) non-stop in a huge jet that held around 300 people. On the way I sat with my eyes glued out the window, I was a little nervous. Here it was my first time to fly and I am in this HUGE JET going all the way to Hawaii:.)
I loved the ariel view across state after state, it was breathtaking. As I pictured we are flying across the Grand Canyon, then notice as we were leaving California, it looked like we were diving into the ocean. Once we flew over the ocean all we saw was blue and clouds for hours. Sometimes your could see mini islands.
When we arrived it was around 4:00p.m. in Honolulu, it was so cool. We stepped out of the plane into a new world ( At least for okies). The natives put a live lay around our neck (of course).
We stayed in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It was huge 90 shops and 20 restaurants. Lots of the shopping in Hawaii is open air because of the perfect temp all year long. It was funny the natives were calling it winter-weather and some were wearing turtle necks and jackets, it was around 70 to 80 degrees ( it felt perfect). Winter weather in Hawaii is rainy weather, cloudy skies and high winds. The Hilton Village sits on Wakiki Beach, you can open up the back patio and listen to the ocean at night. They have lots of entertainment, cultural shows, shopping, dining and ocean fun.
Hawaii Sunsets: We loved to watch the sunsets every night. The neat thing was there was a split second at the moment the sun went down there was a flash over the water, then it was gone....awesome. Watching the sun go down over the water is one of the most romantic thing about Hawaii.
Luscious Gardens: Everywhere you look there is fabulous gardens of brilliant flowers and tropical plants. In the Village there was parrots, flamingos, African penguin looking birds, colorful fish, and lots of birds.
Ocean: The beaches and the ocean seemed to engulf my soul as I watched the majesty of it all I begin to sing " How Great Thou Art." I felt connected to heaven as we went deep in the mountains and watched the wild vigorous ocean waves beat against the massive, rugged rocks. We loved watching the blow holes( A hole in the rock that builds pressure from beneath and every few minutes bursts into a massive geyser of water falls). The ocean is a melodious form of nature music.
Mountains and Rain Forrest:
There is much more to Hawaii than palm trees, ocean and hula dancers. There is absolutely startling scenic mountains mixed with rain forest and waterfalls. There is roadways through the mountains because of the limited space of the island. Here you can find real natives, customs and sadly poverty.
Pearl Harbor Memorial: It was very touching and emotional. The visitor center has the film of the 1947 attack....it is overwhelming. There is many artifacts displayed about the war and love letters and many personal things that belonged to some of the fallen soldiers. The US Navy takes you out to the floating memorial, that is amazing. you look down and see the ghostly glimpse of the USS Arizona beneath. Some parts of the ship is sticking up above the water ( I have pics of that below). The real stunning reality that gets me is the oil that still spills everyday from the Arizona( I have this pictured too). After 60 years it still releases oil everyday. They say it represents the tears of the thousands, whose body is still trapped inside. God Bless America. "Thank you soldiers for sacrificing for our freedom".
Dole Plantation: This was so neat to see where the Dole fruit comes from. We seen the pineapple maze (massive), the banana trees, we rode the pineapple express train. We went to the visitor center and ate ourselves sick on pineapple products like pineapple ice-cream and chocolate covered pineapple. I am totally serious that is the best pineapple I have ever tasted. They send it over here partially green, but it is fully ripened when you eat it there.
Unlimited Fun: Really the fun is unlimited, we didn't have time to do it all. We did go whale watching twice and seen a whale the second time. That was so fun. We did the entire circle island tour ( that is a MUST to explore the REAL HAWAII). I have over 5ft. of hair so they tried to recruit me as an island girl...haha! I can't see me doing the coconut bra thing....haha. We also enjoyed banquets of wonderful food. During one breakfast there was fried bananas, pancakes with coconut syrup mmmmmm! The diamond head volcano is very neat as well..
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT HAWAII!! That was spending time with my hubby of course, but I loved the nature down deep into the mountains, far away from the tourist activity. Sometimes the winds can get up to 70 miles per hour, but it was so easy to breath, hold hands, kiss, meditate and be thankful to be alive. I was very ill crippling disease that threatened my life, it was caused by permanent brain damage that could not be reversed. This trip helped me so much to relax and trust God in my impossibility. Four months later ( after nearly dying)I stunned the doctors and everyone else too. I was completely healed (a miracle)...not a symptom or sign. I went from gruesome walking, to a wheel chair, to running. I look back on this trip and thank the One who created such beauty for restoring my health for my family. "HOW GREAT THOU ART."