Today the Hickam Travel Club (Renee, Nadja, Ivy, and me) drove up the Pali Highway to Queen Emma's Summer Palace in the historic Nu`uanu Valley (at this link). Since I have already visited it twice, I stayed outside with Ivy. We played in a nearby park, walked the gardens, and smelled the flowers.
|Ivy in the garden. The summer palace is also called|
Hanaiakamalama - foster child of the moon.
|We spotted cat like statues at the Daijingu Temple|
|It is a Shinto shrine and we prayed for peace.|
|This is awapuhi - ginger root. It produces |
the moisturizing gel that Paul Mitchell
mixes into his shampoos.
|Flowers come in every color ....|
|... and shape in Hawaii.|
|We just happen to drive by the Liliha Bakery.|
|Naturally, we popped in for a Coco Puff.|
On our way home, I suggested we drive through the Navy base to see if the USS Stennis was still in port. As we pulled up to "Hotel Pier", we could see the aircraft pulling away. To take the best photos, we drove to the Hickam Officers' Club on on the Pearl Harbor Channel. Let's jump to extra large photos.
|Several families lined the channel for their own photos.|
|The sailors "manned the rails".|
|Behind them are family members on a "tiger cruise".|
Since the USS Stennis is sailing home, family members
can join the five day Pacific crossing.
|The channel begins to narrow so the ship is close.|
|It is an impressive sight.|
|The ship is escorted by two tug boats, |
two Navy patrol boats,
and Coast Guard helicopters.
Anything exciting happen to you today - visit a palace? Savor a heavenly puff? Get close to an aircraft carrier? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, February 25, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 26.
Kim in Hawaii