After our tour of the Pearl Harbor historic sites was finished, our tour guide took us on a driving tour on Honolulu. We saw the statue of King Kamehameha the 1st who history shows to be one the the finest and most popular rulers of the Hawaiian people. Across from his statue was the Royal Palace, which happened to be shown in the original Hawaii Five-O television series as the police station! We rode past other areas, such as China Town, the early Portuguese quarters, the Chinese cemetery and then high up on the mountain to the Punchbowl.
The Punchbowl is the National Veterans Cemetery. It is a beautiful tree-lined cemetery on top of a flat basin overlooking the city of Honolulu. It is lined with plumeria trees, and on Veterans Day, the flowers from the plumeria trees are used to make leis to decorate the graves, along with American flags.
Our driver then took us to Waikiki and let us out for an hour to walk around before another driver would pick us up to take us back to the airport. We walked through one of the hotels straight out to the beach which was beautiful and very crowded. (Oahu is so much more crowded than Maui.). Waikiki is also where the rich and famous must hang out. We watched a lot of them. We also saw Spider-Man and a guy with two parrots walking around. Interesting place. Then our bus arrived and we fought rush hour traffic back to the airport, and then caught our flight back to sweet quiet Maui. Our home away from home for the last week or so.
I will miss you Maui - Aloha - til we see you again.....