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    Take a Step Back in Time

    by Rixie Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu is a re-creation of a sugar plantation of the early 1900s that chronicles the contributions of immigrant laborers from many countries, including China, Portugal, Japan, Puerto Rico, Okinawa, Korea, and the Philippines. This living history museum includes original and replica homes and buildings dating from 1900-1930, and a Hawaiian botanical gardens. Good experiential education for children!

    Closed on Sunday. Guided tours every hour, starting at 10:00 and ending at 2:00. Groups (5 or more) and individuals requesting tours in a non-English language should call for reservations.

    Driving directions from Honolulu/Waikiki: Take H-1 West and take Exit # 7 --Waikele/Waipahu. Turn left at the stoplight onto Paiwa Street. Turn right at the 5th traffic light onto Waipahu St. (Hans L'Orange Park is on the corner). Continue past 2 traffic lights (passing the Filipino Community Center). The entrance to the Village is on your left, at 94-695 Waipahu Street.

    Getting there by bus: From the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu, take bus #43 and tell the driver you are going to Hawaii's Plantation Village. Buses run about every half hour.

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    Be A-Mazed

    by Rixie Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    The Dole Plantation is at 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa, in the middle of the island. The plantation bills itself as being "the complete pineapple experience" and includes the World's Largest Maze.

    Basically, the maze is a 3D game. You go in, locate all of the stations that are hidden in the maze, stamp your card at each one to prove that you found it, and find your way out as quickly as you can.

    This is great fun for people like my husband and children, who have a good sense of direction, but a nightmare for direction-impaired people like me. If I hadn't accidentally stumbled upon an exit, I would probably still be in there. Don't believe the winning times that are posted at the ticket window; I'm positive they're made up!

    The Center includes the Dole Giant Vegetable Garden, history display, gift shop, and snack bar. A 20 minute train tour and a pineapple garden tour about local crops are also offered at additional cost.

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    Ford Island

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 8, 2012

    Ford Island sits in the middle of Pearl Harbor and is part of the the US Navy's Pearl Harbor naval station. The US entered World War II on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese Navy attack the US Pacific fleet as it sat in its docks alongside Ford Island.

    After the war, a number of memorials were constructed on and around Ford Island, the most famous and most visited being the USS Arizona. Other memorials include the USS Oklahoma, USS Utah, USS California, and USS West Virginia. Ford Island is also home to the USS Missouri, the impressive ship that was the site of the Japanese surrender in 1945.

    Until 1989 Ford Island was connected to Oahu only by ferry, which probably helped preserved its historic facilities. Even today you can still see the WWII-era runway, control tower, hangars, and houses, many still with bullet holes from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ford Island is undergoing new growth as the Navy seeks to use the land while preserving the important history of this battle-scarred island. Many new military housing areas have been constructed on the island along with a new NOAA facility located in WWII-era hangars, and conference centers. The runway is overgrown, but still evident. Some of the hangars are used by the new Pacific Aviation Museum.

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    USS California Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 8, 2012

    The USS California was one of the ships sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, with losses totaling 100 crew members. After it was sunk, the California was refloated a few months later, then was completely rebuilt at Puget Sound, Washington, and combat ready again by 1944. The California fought at Leyte Gulf and participated in the Luzon landings before being hit by a kamakaze, which killed 44 more crewmen. After expedient repairs, the California also fought at Okinawa. The California was decommissioned in 1947 and sold fro scrap in 1959.

    In the early 1950s, the US Navy placed small bronze plaques on the shores of Ford Island to mark the location where each ship was sunk during the Japanese attack in 1941. The USS California marker is the southernmost marker on Ford Island, and is located just off of Essex Street.

    A plaque near the spot where it sank reads,

    At 0758, 7 December 1941,
    the USS California
    moored at Berth Fox 3
    sustained severe damage when struck
    on the portside by two enemy torpedoes
    while a heavy bomb near-miss opened
    a large hole in this same side.
    The ship settled slowly and
    sank three days later.

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    John Wayne House, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 8, 2012

    In 1923 the US Navy built six Chief Petty Officer bungalows on Belleau Woods Loop, next to the berths where ships moored. In the 1930s, six more single family houses were build in this area.

    During the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, these homes had a front row view of the destruction. One house caught on fire, others provided clothing an refuse for injured sailors.

    In 1953, house number 30 was moved to the Nob Hill neighborhood, and in 1965 it was used as the home of John Wayne's character in the movie In Harm's Way.

    Of the 12 houses, only six remain today, including building 30, the John Wayne House. It remains in Nob Hill where it is still used as officers quarters. The other five home sit vacant and abandoned.

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    USS West Virginia Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 8, 2012

    The USS West Virginia was one of the ships sunk and destroyed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The West Virginia settled to the bottom of the harbor, only to be refloated just over six months later, in May 1942. By 1944, the West Virginia was rebuilt and ready for action. It fought in Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, then was decommissioned in 1947.

    In the early 1950s, the US Navy placed small bronze plaques on the shores of Ford Island to mark the location where each ship was sunk during the Japanese attack in 1941. The USS West Virginia marker is tucked in the back of a parking lot, out of sight of the public.

    The plaque, embedded in a simple white concrete block, reads:


    At 0758, 7 December 1941,
    near this spot at Bert Fox 6
    the USS West Virginia
    moored outboard the USS Tennessee
    was damaged and sunk by enemy bombs and torpedoes.
    As the West Virginia settled to the bottom
    she forced the Tennessee against the quay
    causing hull damage. The Tennessee also
    was struck by two armor-piercing bombs,
    and was severely burned by oil fires
    on the water, which spread from the
    Arizona nearby at Berth Fox 7.


    The marker can be reached on foot. It lies about 200 feet east of the USS Missouri parking lot along the water, near the front of the Missouri.

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    The Original USS Arizona Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 7, 2012

    In the early 1950s, the US Navy placed small bronze plaques on the shores of Ford Island to mark the location where each ship was sunk during the Japanese attack in 1941. The original USS Arizona Memorial has long since been overshadowed by the massive attraction that is the modern memorial. The small original memorial sits tucked along the trees in a residential neighborhood where Navy officers and their families reside.

    The original plaque reads:


    At 0758, 7 December 1941,
    near this spot at Berth Fox 7
    the USS Arizona
    was hit by one torpedo and approximately
    seven bombs. One bomb went down the stack and
    another penetrated the black powder magazines.
    The sunken ship remains the tomb of 900 men.
    The USS Vestal was moored alongside the Arizona
    but got underway and was beached at Aiea Shoal
    after having been struck by two fifteen inch
    armor-piercing projectile type bombs.

    A second monument next to the first consisted of a large boulder with a brass plate showing the image of a woman standing among sailors with these words:

    In reverent recognition of divine guidance
    and -- to the eternal memory of those who
    gave their last full measure of devotion
    to their country this monument is
    dedicated -- humbly to their sacrifice in
    defending our freedom.

    Erected by the
    Navy Club of the United States of America
    A Naval veterans organization
    7 ?December 1955.

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    USS Utah Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 6, 2012

    The USS Utah was built in New York in 1909, commissioned in 1911, and assigned to the Atlantic Fleet in 1912. The ship escorted President Wilson to France at the conclusion of World War I. From the early-1930s to the 1940s, the Utah served as a target ship for American Navy, providing realistic training for dive, torpedo, and high-altitude bombing.

    At 8:01 am on 7 December 1941, the USS Utah was struck by a Japanese torpedo. The ship rolled on her side, 6 officers, and and 52 enlisted men killed. One man who was trapped inside was rescued during the ensuing days, but 54 others remain entombed in the hull of the ship.

    The original memorial was completed around 1950. I in 1972, the larger, present-day memorial to the USS Utah's crew was dedicated, with a pier overlooking the remains of the ship.

    USS Utah Memorial sits on the north side of Ford Island in Pearl Harbor where tourists seldom trek.

    A plaque, installed in 1950, reads:

    Near this spot, at Berth Fox 11
    on the morning of 7 December 1941,
    the USS Utah was struck on the portside
    with what is believed to have been
    three aerial torpedoes and was sunk.
    She was subsequently rolled over
    to clear the channel but was
    left on the bottom.

    Another plaque, completed in 1972 has the following text, along with an Honor Roll of those who remain entombed in the USS Utah:

    This memorial was officially authorized by the 91st Congress of the United States of America on 14 October 1970. Its construction was made possible by Congressional appropriation and by the generous contributions of many individuals and organizations devoted to the preservation of heroic memories

    "While we honor those who here gave their last full measure of devotion all of us hope and pray that the time will come when we no longer need to dedicate memorials to men who died in battle --- that we will dedicate memorials to those who live in peace --- to all nations and all men"

    Frank G. Moss
    United States Senator-Utah

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    NINJA SUSHI

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    ANOTHER GREAT SPOT TO STOP AND CHECK OUT SOME GOOD JAPANESE FOOD IS THE NINJA ON BISHOP STREET RIGHT DOWNTOWN...
    A good place to get a quick bite while you are getting ready to ride the bus.. there happens to be a bus stop some yards away...

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    BHUTANESE EXHIBITION

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    FROM FEBRUARY 26TH TO MAY 23 2008 ..... ............THE DRAGON'S GIFT:THE SACRED ARTS OF BHUTAN HAD TAKEN ABOUT FIVE YEARS PREPARATION BEFORE THE BHUTANESE GOVERMENT GAVE PERMISSION TO RELEASE SACRED ARTS FROM THE MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES OF BHUTAN.. ..AND TO THINK THAT HONOLULU ART ACADEMY WAS THE FIRST LOCATION TO RECEIVE AND EXHIBIT THESE ITEMS OF MAYBE ABOUT 110 ITEMS FROM BLANKETS AND QUILTS TO BEAUTIFUL STATUES ..AND ALSO THINK THAT A LOT OF THESE ITEMS STILL ARE USED IN ACTIVE RITUALS IN BHUTAN!! AMAZING !!!
    ALSO WHAT I REALLY ENJOYED WAS THE SHOWING OF MANY VIDEOS OF THE DANCES AND CULTURAL ACTIVIES OF THAT LAND. .THIS WAS REALLY EYE OPENING TO WHAT LIFE IS LIKE IN BHUTAN.
    WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED THERE WAS A RITUAL DANCE BEING PERFORMED BY TWO DANCERS AND THREE MUSICIANS.. TWO MUSICIANS PLAYING THE LONG HORNS WHICH STRETCH OUT ABOUT 7 FEET APIECE..
    I WOULD NEVER KNOWN THIS EVENT WAS HAPPENING HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MY VT FRIEND BHUTANGUIDE SENDING ME AN ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ABOUT THE HAPPENING..

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    EASY MUSIC STORE SWAP MEET

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A FUN AND GOOD WAY TO FIND SOME GOOD OR EVEN GREAT PRICES ON USED AND EVEN NEW MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IS GOING TO THE "SWAP MEET" THAT IS HELD USUALLY EVERY THREE TO SIX MONTHS AT EASY MUSIC ON KEEAUMOKU AND YOUNG STREETS. I SEE A LOT OF SELLERS AND BUYERS LOOKING AND SELLING SOME GOOD DEALS.THINGS THAT ONE IS TIRED OF BUT THE OTHER IS IN NEED OF OR JUST WANTS TO BUY..EITHER WAY IT IS ALWAYS FUN CHECKING OUT THE DEALS IF YOU ARE INTO MUSIC.
    ALONG WITH THEM SELLING OLDER AND USED MUSICAL EQUIPMENT,THERE IS BRAND NEW ITEMS INSIDE THE STORE BEING SOLD FOR GREAT PRICES ALSO!!!!
    ONE SUPER THING ABOUT OUTSIDE THE STORE IN THE PARKING LOT WHERE ALL THE SELLERS HAVE SET UP THE ITEMS TO BE LOOKED AT AND HOPEFULLY SOLD...IS ALSO MUSIC BEING PLAYED BY LOCAL MUSICIANS............

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    Brigham Young University

    by thinking Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a unique university and well worth the drive for a visit
    Welcome to Brigham Young University Hawaii, an undergraduate institution that educates some 2,400 students from Asia, the Pacific islands, the U.S., and other parts of the world. Representing over 70 countries, our students are fulfilling a phenomenon envisioned by the university’s founder, David O. McKay, former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1955, standing in an isolated field that would evolve into the beautiful campus of today, McKay declared: "From this school, I’ll tell you, will go men and women whose influence will be felt for good towards the establishment of peace internationally."

    BYU-Hawaii focuses on educating the minds, hearts and character of our students, sharpening their integrity and their desires to serve. We develop leadership skills in a harmonious multicultural environment, preparing students to embrace the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly global world. Because of our academic rigor, international diversity, and reputation among peer institutions, U.S. News and World Report’s annual "best colleges" survey has consistently ranked our campus in the top tier among "comprehensive" undergraduate institutions in the western U.S

    We invite all to learn more about BYU-Hawaii and to experience our special spirit of aloha. BYU-Hawaii will change your life forever.

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    Ukulele Factory, Windward Side

    by Rixie Updated Sep 6, 2010

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    If you're musically inclined or interested in handicrafts, take a tour of Kanile'a Ukulele, a family owned business in Kaneohe, on the windward side of the island. See my Kailua tip.

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    Visit Barack Obama's Apartment

    by Marisola Updated Jun 27, 2010

    When Barack Obama was 10 years old, he lived on the 10th floor of the Punahou Apartments with his grandparents, from 1971 - 1979. If you want to visit a piece of history, you can visit there. It is a 10-story apartment building located in the Makiki neighborhood at 1617 S. Beretania Street (and Punahou).

    It's not far from downtown, so you can take a taxi, rent a car, a motorcycle or a moped to get there. You can also visit his school and the Baskin Robbin's ice cream shop on 1618 S. King St. where Obama used to work nearby.

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    DIAMONHEAD CRATER PART 2

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 24, 2009

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    SEEING PICTURES IS ONE OF THE JOYS OF GOING SOMEWHERE AND REMEMBERING THAT YOU ACTUALLY WERE THERE !! !!!! HEHEHEHE!!! HERE ARE MORE PICTURES OF THE VOLCANO THAT SITS SILENTLY.... DIAMONDHEAD !!!!!!!

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