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Back in time from Fiji to Hawai'i

Back in time from Fiji to Hawai’i

Flying from Fiji to Hawai’i was a good thing to set my mind on other things after the terrible incident 2 days earlier. I left Fiji on wednesday morning June 26th for Hawai’i via the microscopic island of Kiribati and it was funny to experience arriving in Honolulu, Hawai’i on tuesday morning June 25th. This is due to the date line that runs from North to South in the Pacific between Kiribati & Hawai’i. I chose to spend a day in Waikiki Beach before flying to neighbouring islands. I stayed in the Waikiki Beach hostel and took therefor the public bus nr 19 (20 is good as well) from the airport to Palatina road (2.5$ – 1h10h)

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Waik’iki means ‘spouting water’ because it was a vast marshland fed by many streams. Being a popular surfing spot from ancient times, it was one of the reasons why the chief’s made their homes & headquarters here for hundred of years. Though it ‘s been called ‘The sport of the kings’, everyone surfed. Surf spots had their own special names and the most famous one in Waik’iki was ‘Kalehuawehe’ or ‘take off the Lehua’. It was named that way when a legendary hero took off his lei of Lehua blossoms and gave it to the wife of the ruling chief with whom he was surfing.  Romance and surfing often when together. Unfortunately, surfing had nearly died out in the 1900’s in Hawai’i partly because of the missionary opposition to the sport which took people away from worship & other religious obligations.

Bryan, Michelle, me, Josh & Jerry

Bryan, Michelle, me, Josh & Jerry

Waik’iki has some of the best summer waves in the world & the longest ride ever recorded was back in 1917 when the great Duke Kahanamoku caught a 35-foot wave and rode it to the shore, a distance of a mile and a quarter!
After strolling some time along the historic beach trail, I went back to the hostel and met Jerry, Josh & Michelle from Australia & Bryan from Scotland. We decided to go out for dinner and chose a nice restaurant called Chilly’s where they served tasty international food.

With Kristina & her 2 boyz @ Hanauma Bay

With Kristina & her 2 boyz @ Hanauma Bay

The next day we all went to Hanauma Bay with bus 22 (2.5$ – 1h) I met for the first time some Croatians on my trip! Kristina & her 2 kids came from Senj but lived in Minnesota now. Her husband worked in a hospital in Maui and so they spent some holidays in Kauai, Oahu & Maui.

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is a beautiful bay just outside Waik’iki & Honolulu. Hawaiians go to Hanauma Bay for over 1000 years. The bay proved an ideal launching point for canoe paddlers, travelling to the neighboring islands. The hill that overlooks the bay, Kuamo’o Kane, was a good place to determine wind direction and study ocean conditions. Hanauma’s sheltered waters provided a safe place to harbor canoes until conditions were right for crossing the Kaiwi channel.

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

To access the beach, you need to pay the entrance fee of 7.5$ & you’re required to watch a 7-minute safety & orientation video. It was so strange to see such a contrast between the safety issues between Hawai’i & Fiji. Still traumatised by the incident in Fiji, it hit me that if only it had been like that in Fiji, my buddies Charles & Fernando would have survived. I always thought those safety measures were exagerated but I’ve got a whole new perspective now on that matter.

Battleship USS Missouri

Battleship USS Missouri

On my last day on Oahu, I met up Romeo, a French guy I met in Nacula, Fiji. He was doing a worldtrip as well and funny enough we had the same flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles the next day. We decided to rent a car on the last day. In the morning we drove to Pearl Harbour, just outside Honolulu.   Pearl Harbour is a memorial site for the Japanses attack on the American fleet in O’ahu on December 7th, 1944.  The memorial includes the USS Bowfin submarine, the Pacific Aviation museum, the USS Arizona Memorial and the battleship USS Missouri.

Amanda jumping off a 30-feet high cliff @ Waimea Beach

Amanda jumping off a 30-feet high cliff @ Waimea Beach

Amanda, a girl from Sweden joined us in the afternoon to explore the Northshore. We drove along the east coast of Oahu up to Northshore.  Slightly less touristic than Honolulu & Waikiki, more green and quieter on that side of the island.  We explored beautiful places such Enukai, Waimea, where Amanda jumped of a 30-feet cliff & Turtle Beach where sea turtles come to rest before they head into the Pacific to quieter islands to breed.

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