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Posted Mar 14, 2011 - 05:32 PM
Two weeks after returning from Japan we went to Hawaii for 10 days. Seven of the days we would be cruising through the Hawaiian Islands aboard NCL’s Pride of America, the rest of the days would be spent on Kauai with the Gus and Cris. We arrived to Hawaii as scheduled no emergency stops thank goodness. Paul did however, lose a crown while up in the air but thanks to Jaclyn (a cousin) and all her contacts in Honolulu we were able to see a dentist as soon as we landed and take care of the situation. That evening we had dinner with Gus, Chris and Jaclyn then went back to the hotel to rest. The next morning The family picked us up at the hotel and took us on a grand tour of the island of Oahu then in the afternoon to the docks so we could board the cruise ship.
Our first stop was Maui where we spend 2 days. We had an amazing time driving our yellow convertible corvette down the road to Hana then up to Haleakala to watch an amazing sunset. The next day we woke up bright an early to snorkel Molokini Crater where we had an unfortunate accident. The housing on our video camera leaked and was no longer working. Once arriving back on land we went in search of a new video camera. We found one at Sears. With the new camera on hand we drove up the coast to Lahaina then to Iao Valley State Park.
Next stop was The Big Island where we made 2 stops, Hilo and Kona. In Hilo we had an AM tour to Volcanoes National Park then in the afternoon we took a helicopter ride over the active volcano. We spent the evening traveling around the island to the dry side (Kona) and viewing an amazing lava flow into the ocean. The beaches at Kona were beautiful. We rented a car and drove up the coast to Hapuna Beach and Wailea Bay where we found some fabulous snorkeling spots. We then drove down the coast to check out the black sand beaches south of Kona. We were not impressed. The beaches north of Kona are much more beautiful in our opinion.
Our last stop was Kauai where we disembarked and spent a few days visiting the family. We visited the entire beautiful island, from the beaches at Polihale to Ke’e which are at opposite ends of the Na Pali Coast. In other words at the end of the road the circles the island. The road ends at the Na Pali coast because the terrain is to steep and rugged to construct a highway. We also drove to the Waimea Canyon, which is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. A boat trip down the Na Pali coast aboard a zodiac was also part of our adventure.
We spent our last day in Honolulu where we visited Pearl Harbor. We went out to the USS Arizona Memorial, toured the Missouri Battleship, boarded the Bowfin submarine and had a private tour of a Hanger in Pacific Aviation Musuem. We also had a chance to go to a Luau at the hotel. The day after we returned home it was time for me to go back to work. Summer was officially over!