Waikiki




Hawai'i, October, 2008

These photos are from a business trip to Hawai'i in October, 2008

Monday

On Monday (October 6, 2008) I didn't have to work until later in the afternoon, so in the morning I set out in the reverse direction of the drive on Friday. It was bright and sunny in Waikiki, but as I headed east and north, it got very cloudy.

Here is a portion of the road. Not all of it is that close to the coast, but a good portion of it is. The road does not enter a tunnel here like it appears in this photo. This is just an optical illusion in this photo. There are a few tunnels on the island, but not here.

Hawaii Oahu



Then I came across this Japanese Fishing Shrine in the next two photos. It honors a guardian spirit offering protection to those who braved the dangerous waters.

Hawaii Oahu Japanese Fishing Shrine



Hawaii Oahu Japanese Fishing Shrine



Just past the shrine is the Halona Blowhole Lookout. It was very cloudy and there didn't seem to be much in the way of waves so the blowhole was just giving out a little mist once in a while. So I headed back to the hotel. (I will have some photos of the blowhole later.)

Once back at the hotel, where it was nice and sunny, I headed toward the beach — Kuhio Beach Park.

Here is a photo of some people surfing:

Hawaii Oahu surfing



This next photo shows a tree by the beach — a Ficus Benghalensis, or Indian Banyan (there was a little metal identification tag affixed to the tree.)

Hawaii Oahu Indian Banyan Tree



And here is a photo of a statue of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a full blooded Hawaiian who was an Olympic swimmer. He won gold and silver medals between 1912 and 1932. He is also known as the Father of International Surfing.

Hawaii Oahu statue of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku



Then I went into work from about 4:00 pm to midnight.










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