Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Day 59 - Hawaii

Located along Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, a memorial to a famous local - Duke Paoa Kahanamoku who was a great surfer and gave the surfing craze to the world.

Early morning surfing at Waikiki, Honolulu. The water is always blue!

Our room is almost at the top of this building - Holiday Inn Beachcomber, Waikiki, 

No domed building here! This is the State Capitol building in Hawaii -downtown Honolulu. Hawaii is the last state to be admitted into the United States - back in 1959.

Once the great palace of Hawaii's kings and queens - the Iolani Palace in Honolulu

King Kamehameha Statue of in front of the Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii

Old timers dancing at the Palladium at the Ala Wai Golf Club, Honolulu, Hawaii - it's the rumba!

A friendly heron as we returned to our Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu

We were told there are over 70 ABC stores in Honolulu alone. The founders of this general store has tried to cover every corner within Waikiki to cater for all items in general - alcohol, soft drinks, souvenirs, fresh food, take-aways etc etc etc etc. This is just one of tens in a couple of street blocks. There was one just across the road from this store

We are going to miss Justin, our friendly barman from Dukes Bar, Waikiki. He has been good to us, shouted us free lava flows and a great person to talk to. His ability to prepare and mix cocktails is unbelievable - poetry in motion! He has been working in Dukes for over ten years and is a respected employee for this famous drinking establishment

It was suppose to be a rest day today. We were still three hours ahead of of our biological clock and we awoke early. So, we did our laundry for the last time and headed off to downtown Honolulu to take some pictures of Hawaii's state capitol. We also visited Macy's at Ala Moana shopping centre for the last time in the US. Hence we went dancing at the Ala Wai Palladium Golf Club and tried to remember our ballroom dance steps after nearly nine weeks away from dancing. It is a social event and it is a free entry to this social venue!! After a couple of hours we found our back to Dukes Bar to say goodbye to our friend Justin. He has been good to us over the past 13 months and has looked after us with his flair for mixing cocktails and just a great conversationalist. We'll will miss him. Our time in Dukes Bars today got us in a discussion with visiting American mainlanders and at the end we almost staggered out of Dukes. We have an early start tomorrow and will be pick-up for a USS Arizona and USS Missouri tour at Pearl Harbour. It is expected to finish at 1 pm and later we have our second activity at 6 pm - which is an ocean cruise around Oahu with a buffet dinner. We are looking forward to both these activities. 

Now a few days ago we have written a story about taking photographs of USA number plates. We have seen all the 50 states when we were on the mainland - including Hawaii and Alaska and that was quite an achievement. The most difficult state to see on the road outside their state was Utah. The following pictures are those plates that Neil took and have presented them in four sections:

1.  West Coast states that we cross into last year in 2012
2.  East Coast sates that we cross into last year in 2012
3.  Central USA states that we visited this year 2013, and
4.  The four states that we have not visited

In all we have been in 46 out of 50 states  











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