Posted by: Gary Guertin | February 1, 2017

12. World Cruise–Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii–Jan. 26-27, 2017 (Post 2 of 2)

Hi All, (written Jan. 30, 2017)

If you haven’t read 12. Honolulu, Post 1 of 2, please scroll down and read it before you read this.

Day 2 of our Honolulu overnight, was yours truly off, at 8:35 AM, on a five hour tour to the central palaces and Pearl Harbor.

As usual on leaving the ship I checked the ship’s port sign:


Our first stop was the Royal Palace.  I got this photo from afar:


As we parked the bus and turned the corner I really got excited.  There in front of me was the headquarters building of one of my favorite TV shows (most of us old people have know this program for many, many years).  Take a guess:


If you guessed Hawaii 5 0, you are right.  Just to show I was there I had a fellow passenger take this photo:


That statue is of King Kameham (for you Hawaii 50 fans) and here is the history of the King:


Back on the bus, as we neared Pearl Harbor, this is one of the many cemeteries for those fallen military on Dec. 7, 1941:



Then we entered the Pearl Harbor Memorial Center Grounds:


A look at the Arizona War Memorial from the grounds of the Center:


In one of the several museums within the Center this scale model best shows the sunken Arizona with the War Memorial above:


On Dec. 7, 1941, almost the entire US Pacific fleet were docked in Pearl Harbor.  Thankfully, the two aircraft carriers were out on maneuvers, and were not hit that day.  Our ships were lined up along the shore, one after the other, like sitting ducks for the Japanese.  Today all you can see is white floating markers with the name of each ship:


In the Center there is a Memorial to the ships:


If you look closely behind the lady in turquoise on the right, you can see a row of granite markers which are arranged in a semi-circle around the flag pole.  On each one is the name of a ship and its fallen.  Here is one:


You could spend a day just touring around the Center, with it’s two museums, submarine tour, etc..  Here is the submarine:


And an interesting center pole:


After an hour or so of touring the Center it was time to visit the Arizona Memorial. First we had a 25 minute movie on the history of that day, Dec. 7, 1941.  The movie was very moving as it included films taken by the Japanese from their planes as they torpedoed our ships, one after the other, and destroyed our airplanes which were parked out on the airstrips, wide open to being bombed.  The attack was a complete surprise, and even though we had radar, it was so elementary that our observers though the Japanese planes were a group of our own planes that were due in from the US mainland.

After the movie we climbed on a launch and visited the Arizona Memorial. I’ll just show you a series of photos which I believe speak for themselves.  This site is the grave site of not only the 950 sailors who were trapped below when the ship was sunk, but arrangements have been made to bury the remains of all the Arizona survivors within the remains.




As you look out to each side you see the sunken remains of the ship:


And of course the wall of the fallen 1177 on that day alone:


I don’t have words to express my feelings on that day.    I was fortunate to have a father who, even with 2 children, and being 34 years of age, enlisted in the Navy, went to war, and returned to spend many wonderful years with us. 

Enough of these sad remembrances.  That afternoon we sailed out of beautiful Hawaii, with Diamond Head behind us and another visit to "Paradise":


Now we’re off to 4 days at sea before visiting the next port; Majuro in the Marshall Islands, Feb. 2, 2017.  I’ll try to get these posts out then, if not, it will be four more days at sea until we hit Guam. 

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)




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