Around Oahu

I think I’ve got the Blogger/slide show thing figured out!

As I said in my previous post, Monday we ate lunch at Hard Rock Cafe. You can’t go into a Hard Rock Cafe with a camera and not take pictures of famous guitars.

Well I can’t, anyway. I snapped Eric Clapton’s guitar because Todd and Taylor are fans. I snapped Lenny Kravitz’s guitar because I’m a fan. I snapped Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar because I don’t know. I never liked Fleetwood Mac.

Tuesday was the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. One cannot go there and not be moved. can’t look at the pictures now and not be moved. Do you know there are still a handful of living survivors left? And those who survived the attack but have passed on have had the option of being interned with their shipmates. Their names have been added to a special place on the Memorial Wall.

The photograph titled “Tears of the Arizona” is the slick of oil that still weeps from the ship after all these many years. The flag over the memorial flies from a flagpole which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. In the gift shop, Taylor found and purchased the flag that was flown over the memorial on September 11, 2001.

I didn’t take my honkin’ camera to dinner with Cigi’s family, but Katie took her cute little camera. Good thing, too, because that way we got the picture of our family and her family. Don’t we look happy? Mostly because the company was great, but a little bit because we’re going to eat. That always makes me happy. Cigi’s husband, Les, told the waiter it was our anniversary (since the trip was kind of an anniversary celebration) and we were given a delicious coconut creme brulee.

And finally the pearls. Aren’t they lovely? My pineapple pearl doesn’t show up quite as blue in the photo as it really is. Gotta love the bling, though.

And that wraps up our week in Oahu. Next we fly to the Big Island.


  1. Gretchen on July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I’ll say it again–I am so stinkin’ glad you got to go on this vaca. What a wonderful pocketful of memories. I’ve been to the AZ memorial before, too. Very somber, but amazing, all the same.

  2. Danielle on July 31, 2008 at 5:15 am

    I really enjoyed looking at your pictures….it brought back wonderful memories of my trip to Hawaii many years ago. Love the picture of your family and Cigi’s.Aloha, Danielle from the RT boards

  3. Sing4joy on July 31, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Lovin your trip. keep ’em coming!

  4. The Daily "B" on July 31, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    The pearls are beautiful!

  5. Lynilu on August 1, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Next time, can I go, too???What a great vacation!! I’m so jealous!! But happy for you and the family. 🙂

  6. mel on August 2, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Katybug on August 4, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pics, especially of the Arizona. They brought back memories of when we went. Did you get to see the amateur film where someone is counting down 3…2…1…then the bombs hit? I remember visiting the memorial and just not being able to speak. It just didn’t seem appropriate. We’ve always wanted to go back and visit some December 7th to see how the anniversary is commemorated each year.

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