Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Honolulu 2

We boarded the ship on Thursday and spent most of the afternoon unpacking and finding our way around. There was a delay getting on because the gangway had jammed and couldn't be used. We had front row seats to the drama. Lots of crew hanging around but nobody doing anything, then this beaten up VW Kombie van pulls up and a man gets out. We think here is the mechanic. He walks onto the gangway, opens a panel, presses a button and the gangway levels out. Apparently he was the only guy allowed to press the button! He got a loud cheers from everyone waiting.

Friday we went to visit the Hawaiian Quilt Guild's Exhibition. It was quite small, but well worth seeing. It was across the road from the Honolulu Museum of Art so we thought that would be worth a visit. We were very pleasantly surprised. It is not very big but had a great collection of Japanese, Chinese and Islamic Art as well as a small but impressive collection of European art. We saw a Monet and Van Gogh.

As the ship was sailing out of Honolulu we tried to recreate the photo we took 4 years ago.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


We are sailing away from Honolulu at the moment. We had a lovely few days there. It started well with the flight from Sydney. It wasn't full so we were able to move around a bit. Then our lovely hotel had a room ready for us at 8.00am so we were able to get a few hours sleep. We went for a bit of a walk, had an early tea, then got a good nights sleep.

It was going to be a hot day so we thought we would do a bit of walking in the morning before it got too hot. We walked down to Kahanamoku Beach not far from our hotel, then made our way up the beach towards Waikiki.

Looking towards Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.

We had heard that the Waikiki Aquarium was small but worth a visit so we headed there next. It had some very interesting displays and we spent a pleasant hour or so. They are involved in a lot of reef conservation work, including recovery from a massive molasses spill a couple of years ago. We hear about oil spills quite regularly, but the molasses spill had devastating effects.

Giant Clam.

We walked back through Waikiki, looking for where we had stayed last time. We almost missed it because of the amount of redevelopment going on around it. Almost every block seems to have a new building going up on it. We decide not to go back into Waikiki in the evening as we had found a good place to eat near our hotel. It was good to do a lot of walking again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


We'll miss these little ladies when we travel.


2016 coming soon