Eight days on the island of Ohau, January 2012. This became the site of our literal “board” meeting. Find out what it looked like with the adventurous Bill Gruber and Caz Taylor from BizVid Communications, as well as wives Brenda and Daphne. Snorkeling, surfing, ATVing, Luauing (lew-WOW-ing), and “outta sight” sightseeing. Come along we put our new smartphone video software to work.
We board Hawaiian Airlines to begin our journey to Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon arrival, we drive to the windward side of the island known as “North Shore.” After settling into our beach front accommodations, we start enjoying the remarkable environment.
Today we leave for our escorted visit to Pearl Harbor. This tour will take us to the very spot of the attack. “The Memorial Tour”- A morning at Pearl Harbor, where we will stand aboard the Arizona Memorial, the site that began WWII and then board the battleship USS Missouri or “Mighty Mo” where the war ended.
Relax is the word of the day for today. Our objective is to explore the North Shore to visit some of the famous surfing spots to see if the “surfs up.” It is this time of year that the “big ones” pummel the North Shore. We will stop at Wiamea Bay as well as Sunset Beach, the Banzi Pipeline.
Following breakfast, we drove to the world famous 42 acre, Polynesian Culture Center where we will experience the native lifestyles and habitats from centuries ago. Pacific cultures come alive to reenact war dances and wedding ceremonies, rub sticks to create fire, carve tiki figures, and climb four-story trees in bare feet. We will also experience the Canoe pageant.
We return to Waikiki, the South Shore where we’ll visit Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, the Blow Hole, Sandy Beach, Sea Life Park and we will return via the Pali. This also may be a wonderful evening for a catamaran ride launching from world famous, Waikiki.
Today we motor to the Kualoa Ranch located on the northeastern side of Oahu.Established in 1850, Kualoa is a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch, spread from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea. Once there, we will mount our All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) for a tour. We will ride through dense rainforest to broad open valleys and from beautiful white sand beaches to verdant cliff faces. It is truly a paradise for outdoor recreation with many places accessible only by horseback, ATV or hiking. By the way, if the views look familiar, that’s because Kualoa has been the site of many television shows and Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park,Wind talkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun and 50 First Dates as well as TV shows including the old and new Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I. and LOST.
We say “goodbye” to the cottage and motor to Honolulu and the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, our accommodations for the evening. This evening, we will cap off our visit to Hawaii by attending a Germaine’s luau (Hawaii’s original), chosen “Hawaii’s Best” by the readers of Honolulu Star Bulletin. We will enjoy food, and entertainment including a spectacular Polynesian Revue and Samoan Fire knife Dancer.
Today we leave the hotel for our trek to Honolulu International Airport and back to San Diego. What a remarkable trip.