July 6th – Honolulu

John and I got an early start on Saturday, and left the hotel at 5:45 AM. Since we were still adjusting to the 5 hour time difference, this wasn’t a big deal. We swung by Leonard’s Bakery to pick up some of the infamous pastries for breakfast. With a bag full of sausage pao doce and malasadas, we made our way to Pearl Harbor.

Leo Collage

When we were planning this trip, we were unable to secure tickets to the Pearl Harbor sites online. Given my condition, we were also unwilling to commit to a half or full day tour in order to secure advance tickets. While we never do this, we left things up to chance and got to the site an hour early in order to secure same day tickets. Fortunately, we had tasty treats from Leonard’s to keep us busy during our wait. With luck, we were not only able to get tickets, we got tickets to the 8:15 AM USS Arizona Memorial tour. Wahoo! We ended up adding on the audio tour and really enjoyed the experience. The facilities and overall tour quality were far greater than what I experienced in 1997.

Flag on USSA

If you haven’t been before and are planning a trip to Oahu, I’d highly recommend including this as a part of your itinerary.

USS A Collage

Afterwards, we briefly toured the grounds and the USS Missouri, before returning to the hotel.

USS Mo Collage

We ended up reserving a cabana at the pool and making the rest of the day a lazy pool day. Given the crowds at the beach, this seemed like a reasonable expense to us. Our half day rental including a fruit plate, souvenir playing cards, a tented cabana, food/drink service, skin products and unlimited bottled water, so it ended up being a great deal. We ended up lunching by the pool, and I spent the afternoon napping, reading, people watching and chatting. John spent the majority of the day in the water.

Pool Collage

We had plans to eat dinner at Azure, the upscale restaurant at our hotel, but we ended up canceling our reservation and eating at Il Lupino again. I guess comfort food always wins with us? We ended up sharing a salad and a meatball for an appetizer, and I had the bucatini for my entree. For dessert, we shared homemade macadamia nut gelato. It was a great meal. The best part, however, was the 5 minute walk back to our room. I went from dessert to bed in about 20 minutes flat.

Il dinner Collage

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