Honolulu is built atop volcanic mountains, lava overflows, and even extinct craters. I treated my mother and youngest son, David, to a driving tour of Honolulu' sights - the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Round Top Drive, and the Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside. My older son was attending Boy Scout Winter Camp at Pupukea (a hill overlooking the North Shore - no matter where you are in Hawaii, you always have a great view!)
|The National Cemetery of the Pacific was established |
in a crater. It is nicknamed Punchbowl.
|Punchbowl is featured in the opening credits|
of Hawaii Five O - old and new.
|Lady Liberty has Pacific features ....|
|and wears slippahs!|
|The chapel represents all faiths.|
|Diamond Head can be seen from almost|
everywhere in Honolulu.
|Barbara is near the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.|
Comprised of Japanese Americans, many from Hawaii,
they are the most decorated unit from WWII.
|As we left Punchbowl, we drove up Round Top Drive|
for more views of Le'ahi. The tuff was nicknamed
Diamond Head by European sailors, mistaking the
glittering calcite as diamonds.
|The views are priceless.|
|As the sun began to set, we stopped at the|
Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside.
|Barbara and David admire Diamond Head.|
Kim in Hawaii
|The sun sets over Honolulu Harbor.|