From the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Honolulu(O'ahu), HI.
A plaque telling of the losses the USA suffered.
The USS Bowfin.(In the distance is the USS Arizona Memorial and Ford Island.)
Plaques depicting every day life for the soldiers pre-attack line the grounds of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I thought this one was really interesting.
My favorite picture. I took this from the middle of the USS Arizona Memorial. It was an awesome sight to see up close.
Front view of the USS Missouri. It was not in the Pearl Harbor attack, but stands protecting the memorials. It had not been commissioned yet. See the white buoy? That is the marker of where the bow of the USS Arizona lies.
The State Flags of all the ships lost during the attacks.
A map of O'ahu Island and all the historic sights. Directly through the middle of the island is where the 300 Japanese planes flew through to surprise attack.(Ignore the hand. That lady wouldn't move out of my way for beans! lol)
Here is a pic of the valley depicted above. I took this from the ferry boat headed out to the USS Arizona. The bridge connects Ford Island to O'ahu. It's held up using a pontoon system. Only military personnel and families living on the island can use the bridge. A tour bus takes people to the USS Missouri, but visitors can only get out where the ship is docked.
Signs like this covered a work area where construction was being done to expand the Pearl Harbor Memorial site. This is a pic of the USS Arizona.
I couldn't pass up this tree! I wish it would grow in my boiling pot of a valley.
At this point, the pictures are from Hickman Air Force Base. With Kim being a retired vet and married to an active military man, my hubby and I were able to see the sights of the base few civilians ever do.
Hickman Air Field Hangar. To the backside of this building is the flag pole and the HQ.
The flag pole stands in the same place it did when the attack occurred. The Japanese targeted it, but never managed to hit Old Glory. The headquarters (below) looks out toward the flag pole and to the air field (Hangar) beyond.
This is the old headquarters building. I was fascinated with the sirens (the little black dots on the roof). I wished my camera had a better zoom, so I could get an up close pic of it.
Here is one of the original buildings which still sports the bullet holes.
From this vantage point, we're looking out at the mouth of canal. Behind us is the flag/air planes scene below.
Just beyond the fish, this little shelf dropped off to about 30-40ft deep. These little guys were below the breaker wall to the right of the planes.
These Hibiscus bushes are every where on O'ahu!
The old church at Historic Fort Kamehameha (still part of HAFB).
Hospital Point where the USS Nevada was run aground by her Master Commander, so the ailing ship wouldn't block entry to Pearl Harbor.
The marker in front of the USS Utah.
The USS Utah Memorial. 54 souls went down with this ship and the urn of an infant. The father was taking her ashes to bury at sea, but never got the chance due to the attack. The infant had been born a twin and the surviving sister visits every Thanksgiving and brings flowers. When she passes away, she has requested the Navy to place her urn in the wreckage so that she may rest eternally with the sister she never knew.
Another view of the USS Utah.
One of the original buildings.
Old Air Tower on Ford Island.
The USS Oklahoma Memorial. Each of the white pillars represents a soldier who was lost that day.
The USS Missouri berthed at Ford Island. The earlier pic was taken facing her bow as seen from the USS Arizona Memorial.
Sunset over Waikiki from the beach in front of our hotel.
Hubs and I headed out toward the North Shore and made a stop at the Dole Plantation.
Dole Pineapples being harvested.
Pineapples grow on bushes?! lol
The dirt is red from the oxidizing volcanic rock. Pineapple bushes in background.
Looking out over the North side of O'ahu from Pali Point.
Sunrise over Honolulu the day we left. I miss these sights the most!
Well, I came close to showing you all 654 pics! LOL I hope you enjoyed my mini-tour of the island. I took these pics with the idea of posting them to share. I had such a good time and thanks to Kim got to see some majestic historical sights.
Swing by this Friday for a guest blog by the fabulous BETH KERY. She's dishing about her recent trip to RT!! Too fun! Enjoy the rest of your week, TLN'ers!!