Hawaii – Part 2

Oahu

The view from our Hotel

Like I mentioned before, we spent the first half of our our vacation on Kauai. The second half, we were on Oahu. Which is just a hop, skip and a short flight away, to the next neighboring island.

This wasn’t my favorite island, when compared to Kauai. Although, it does have some pretty fun attractions! Such as the Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center. If you are ever in Oahu, those are a must see.!

Oahu was a little too familiar to home, for my liking. It is a large city full of sky rises, hotels and shopping. Our hotel even had a large indoor mall. Oahu even has a luxury row… where you can find Michael Kors, Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Dolce Gabbana and so much more!

So personally I preferred Kauai for it’s natural, raw and uncultivated scenery. It made me feel more as if we were actually on a vacation in Hawaii, not down town Time Square. But Oahu definitely left quite a long lasting impression…

While we were there, we got to experience a Hurricane warning… πŸ˜…

We landed in Oahu in the middle of the night. We made it to our hotel half asleep, to find slid under our hotel room door. A paper containing information of the approaching Hurricane. Wind speeds and everything… Talk about frightening!

When we came downstairs for breakfast the next morning, to our surprise FEMA officers were stationed in our hotel! On the ready to assist if needed and eager to jump into action. I couldn’t decide if that was reassuring or even more alarming…

It rained while we were in Oahu due to the Hurricane approaching. It rained off and on. But rain in Hawaii is a different kind of rain. More like a warm mist… It reminded me of the misters, Disney waiting lines have for each ride. You know what I’m talking about!

Anyways… the rain in Hawaii is much more enjoyable, than the cold and heavy rain we get in Utah. You never need a jacket and you never get soaked.

We were able to visit all of our desired destination sites, that is except for Pearl Harbor. Technically we did get to see it, but we didn’t actually get to go in. Let me explain.

After spending most of the day sightseeing and traveling around the entire island, we arrived in the Pearl Harbor parking lot. Trying to contain my excitement, we made it to the front doors. There we were informed that they had previously closed the doors…

I was devastated! Pearl Harbor was the number one thing, I was most eager to see on Oahu. We even scheduled it for the afternoon, so we could take the proper time to appreciate such a sacred and hollowed monument.

Due to the hurricane warning, they had to closed up shop. Many military men and women running about, to ensure the military base was secure for the arrival of the Hurricane.

Long story short, the Hurricane never hit Oahu… and I missed seeing Pearl Harbor, by 15 minutes!

It did not open again, before we left the following day. πŸ˜”What a bummer…

However, the Dole Plantation was really fun! I was very surprised at how small pineapples can be.

Did you know they grow on a small bush?! I didn’t either.

Pineapples about 3″ tall

Did you know that it takes 2 years for the seed to grow into a full and ripe pineapple? 🍍 First the seed will produce a flower, which takes up to a year and a half. From there it then produces pineapple which takes another sic months. Once they harvest the fruit the farmers pull all the existing bushes and till the ground, before planting again.

Pretty neat, huh?!

When you first arrive at the plantation, shortly inside the gates you find this sign…

For some reason, this sign was really impactful. Sometimes it was easy to forget we were on a small island, in the middle of the ocean… The sign reminded me just how close, or not so close… we were to other countries! And great reminder how special of an experience, it was to actually be in Hawaii.

Dole Plantation Train

If you get a chance to go to the Dole Plantation, be sure to ride the train. It was really cool! It is a guided tour, through all of their orchards. You get to see up close the wide variety of produce they grow on the plantation. Macadamia nuts, sugar cane, avocado, bananas and more!

In their store you are going to want to get the Dole whip… it’s AMAZING!! 😍

🀀 It puts Disney’s to shame…

Also, I really enjoyed their pineapple jelly! Get yourself some of that too! I brought some home as souvenirs, for friends and family. It wasn’t quite as perishable as the dole whip… πŸ˜‰

Last but not least, my favorite beach the entire trip was KoKololio Beach.

Although it was slightly overcast due to the arrival of the Hurricane, we made the most of it! Especially since it was our last day in Hawaii.

Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, we had the beach to ourselves… haha I wonder why?! Either way it was perfect! The sand was soft and the lush green mountains were gorgeous, as the waves crashed upon them. I could have stayed there forever! Seriously…

Take me back! 😩

We also got to see BYU Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Latter Day Saints Temple, in Laie.

Laie, Hawaii Temple

It was an amazing experience to go to Hawaii. I am so grateful to have been able to have gone. I hope you have the same opportunity to see Hawaii, as well. It is a wonderful reminder of all the beautiful creations the Lord has made.

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