After spending 2.5 weeks at the place where we used to live ( We don’t really have a true home anywhere, anymore) it is time to continue on this voyage. Next Stop Honolulu. The land of Aloha, Hawaiian shirts, and beautiful-ness. (and crazy congested traffic)
We did not realize how far Hawaii is from North America. Our flight routing took us thru Los Angeles. Once leaving Los Angeles, Hawaii is 5 hours and 40 minutes away- all ocean. to put that into perspective, a flight from Vancouver to Cancun Mexico is roughly the same time.
Upon landing we headed over to pick up our hotel, err Rental Car. And ohh is she a beauty. Please let me introduce Cordelia, or beautiful mini Van!!!
This van is also somewhat. conveniently, set up for camping. Stow and Go Seats make a nice large flat surface in the rear. Throw down an air mattress, and some sleeping bags and you are set up. We had to make a quick stop at Walmart to grab a few items that would not fit in our luggage, and of course, we could not think of a better place to sleep. For those of you wondering on the Shower situation, there are free showers at all the beaches.
Ok, next morning we headed down to the World War II, Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Ever Since I (Tyler) has been very young, I have wanted to go see Pearl Harbour. History is a very important part of travel if you ask me. Aya may not agree and try and tell you trying local Food is most important.
The Site is jointly run by the United States Navy and the National Park Service. Sparing you all a detailed History lesson, here is the condensed version. The Japanese Navy walloped the United States Armed Forces on December 7th, 1941. They wiped out essentially the entire Pacific Fleet. They sunk 22 ships in little more than 20 minutes. Destroyed a few hundred air planes and sadly killed 2,300 people. The most infamous ship sunk would be the Battleship U.S.S Arizona. She sank with most of her 1,500 crew trapped beneath her decks. A Bomb dropped from a bomber pierced her deck and exploded the forward ammunition storage. The Arizona now stands as a monument to all Men and Women killed on the Pearl Harbour Attack. To this day, the Arizona is still the final resting place of approx 900 Seamen.
The Arizona sank with approx. 1 Million litres of Bunker Fuel (oil) aboard. When the bomb ignited the forward ammunition storage it blew apart the front of the ship, rupturing the Fuel tanks. Some of that fuel burned in the ensuing fire, but most of the fuel is still stuck in the ship. They cannot pump it out for a few reasons: 1. the fuel is within the entire ship, not in the tanks anymore as the tanks have ruptured. 2. The ship is essentially a graveyard, still containing 900 men. 3: they do not want to destroy such a historically significant site.
The U.S.S Arizona comprises a small portion of the Monument, we looked at the remainder of the sites with an audio tour. They were more History intensive and not as interesting to photograph. But overall this site is very well built and maintained. It very effectively explains Pearl Harbour- pre, during and post War. It is truly an Honor and everlasting place of remembrance for those who perished here.
Waikiki tomorrow. Mahalo