I decided to plan a more tour-esk day for the family. I can only lie out in the sun for so long under an umbrella. I decided to map out the following attractions: Dole Plantation, Waiki Wiki Beach & Aquarium, Hanauama Bay followed by a drive back up the entire eastern coast line of Oahu. Let me say I would reverse that order if I knew what I know now about snorkeling.
“Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.
Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden MThe Dole Plantation isn’t a location, I’d spend a ton of time on. We basically walked the grounds and enjoyed the Pineapple ice cream, pixel peeped some flowers, and stayed in total of 25 mins most. We did not do the Pineapple Express through the fields. We drove through the fields when we drove there. It’s a nice place to hit for a quick visit, in my opinion.
I really liked how this man was doing what he was doing. The colors, the brushes.
These crystal pineapples were everywhere. Probably do not know that when I was about 7, I had a major fetish for anything sparkly and had my own small collection of austrian crystal objects.
Theses guys are part of the Dole experience and it’s random but essentially there are oysters there with pearls in them. I drew a 50% off coupon making the pearl clam experience an $11 one. Here is my video. They tell you to go for the “ugly ones.” Mainly because they are older with larger pearls. Once you pick the ugliest one you can find, you put it in the box tap it 3 times, shout aloha and ring a bell. I did enjoy seeing the pearl ‘being born,’ or that is what it felt like watching it pop out of the gooey surroundings. Mine was black with a purple cast.
I missed the Pineapple cutting demonstration. I had just missed the 11a one and we were hanging out long enough to stay for the 12p. Mark and Mom caught the show.
Pineapple is an edible fruit, which is actually a multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries. It was given the name pineapple due to its resemblance to a pine cone. I didn’t know that the pineapple is used for many other things aside from consumption. In the Philippines, pineapple leaves are used as the source of a textile fiber called piña. This fiber can used in a variety of ways such as a wall paper and a component of furnishings.
After a quick stent at Dole, we drove down to Waikiki.
The Waikīkī skyline is now dotted with an abundance of both high-rises and resort hotels and some really premium shopping from Fendi to Hermés to Prada. Seriously from fine designer boutiques to authentic Hawaiian apparel and souveniers, Waikiki offers a wide range of shopping in cute outdoor type malls which resemble a tree house to me with big escalators.
The area was originally a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s who enjoyed surfing there on early forms of longboards.
The beach is actually fairly short, with half of it marked off for surfers. For some distance into the ocean the water is quite shallow, although there are numerous rocks on the bottom. As with most ocean beaches the waves can have some force, particularly on windy days. The surf at Waikīkī is known for its long rolling break, making it ideal for long boarding, tandem surfing and beginners.
“The Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial is a war memorial in the form of an ocean water public swimming pool. The natatorium was built as living memorial dedicated to “the men and women who served during the great war”
Located in Honolulu, at the shore west of Kapiʻolani Park and completed in 1927, the natatorium was built in the Hawaiian Beaux-Arts architectural style. The entrance to the memorial includes an arch featuring four stone eagles typical of this style.
Inside the memorial is a 100 meter by 40 meter salt water swimming pool. In the opening ceremonies on August 24, 1927, local Olympic gold medal holder Duke Kahanamoku made the first swim (it was his birthday). In the following swim meet, world record holder Johnny Weissmuller won the 100, 400 and 800 meter events, and Buster Crabbe (also local) won the 1500 meters.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the natatorium was taken over by the US Army and used for training during World War II. In 1949 it was refurbished and turned over to the City and County of Honolulu on July 1, 1949. Its condition deteriorated, and was officially closed in 1963, but continued to be used. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Oahu on August 11, 1980 as site 80001283. There have been several proposals to demolish the structure, while others argue for its preservation and repair. For generations, the natatorium was a popular recreational gathering center for local residents and tourists”
I love these “umbrella shade trees” which was our name for them. Apparently, they are called the ‘Ohai, Monkey Pod Tree “Rain Tree”
Huge umbrella shaped canopied trees. The wood is often used to carve calabash bowls. I have NO idea what type of tree is below. I just thought the roots were interesting.
Tons of trollies in the area.
We just walked around and then head to the aquarium. Little known fact about me is that I truly love to visit aquariums. I find the colors, the craftsmanship of the most unique creatures, really amazing and beautiful.
I really think these clams need to be inspiration for some fashionable hand bags lining. I LOVE the turquoise and the brown.
I really love there are cute fish and then…..
strange looking fish then…..
Scary ones. He looks angry. Or maybe just hungry.
I love how they lined up nice in a row for my picture. I planned that.
I really like these jellies.
Fish are relaxing to watch.
After a hard days work, we were hungry. We headed out of the city towards Hanauma bay for some grubs. Mark and I wanted sushi and luckily there was a great little place right next door to some lovely cupcakes.
However, before you can go down you have to watch this video.
Don’t even think about slinking away. This man here takes his job UBER seriously. I mean you cannot even walk over to the rail unless you’ve seen the video.
The curvature of the bay usually provides protection from large ocean waves and allows swimmers a terrific opportunity to view the marine and reef life in a safer, protected environment. This “Curved” bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. This is THE BEST protected cove if you are new to scuba diving or snorkeling with a diverse population of marine life and a large, rich coral reef. Advanced snorkelers and divers can also enjoy the beauty of this bay as the reef extends throughout the cove into deeper water. The bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in.
We arrived too late for amazing visibility. I have to say it’s cold. Freezing to be honest and I would bring a wet suit. I saw some amazing fish snorkeling and a GIANT sea turtle. It was very cool experience and would allot more time here rather than seeing most of the same fish behind glass.