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February 17, 2016 / cmfletcher

Kia Ora / Aloha

We are very confused; crossing the International Date Line is like being in the movie Groundhog Day. It’s déjà vu all over again. We left Auckland at 11 am Tuesday Feb 16th, and arrived in Hon0lulu at 9:30 pm on Monday February 15. So today was Feb. 16 all over again. We left the Maori (kia ora) and landed with the Hawaiians (aloha).

After a big flight, we try to have a relaxed day. We only saw a bit of the hotel grounds when we arrived from the airport around 11 pm, so we had a bit of trouble finding the breakfast place in our hotel tower (there seem to be at least 5 towers in the resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village, it’s huge). We decided to travel to downtown Honolulu today and Pearl Harbor tomorrow; leaving plenty of time for the beach or just relaxing.

The Iolani palace had electric light before the White House in Washington did! The Hawaiian kings, like King Kamehameha I and Lunalilo for example, sound like a very good thing; they supported the Christian missionaries, but that didn’t prevent takeovers by the colonizers. The flag is the only state  flag which incorporates the Union Jack, recognizing Hawaii’s time as a part of the British Empire.

Kawaiahao Church and the Mission house museum are close by and celebrate the coming of Christianity to the islands.

216waikiki beachWe had time in the afternoon to try out the beach, it is lovely. Very shallow, here which makes it very good for families. There is also a lagoon, which means no worries about waves knocking over little ones.

Downtown, we got caught in a tropical rain shower — 15 minutes of rain followed by bright sun. Lesson learned, always carry an umbrella. Did I remember when we went to dinner? No, of course not. Luckily the rain had stopped when we had to walk back to our room.



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