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    Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is owned by the State of Hawaii. The lagoon was part of the Henry J. Kaiser Hawaiian Village project which expanded the old Fort DeRussy Channel, creating the new beach and 14 foot deep lagoon. The lagoon was named after the surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku.

    The lagoon is located adjacent to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and the Hilton Hawaiian Village and can be easily access it walking along the beach. The lagoon was a nice place for us to enjoy a little canoeing before heading out to lunch.

    View of the lagoon from our room Another view Quite beautiful
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    St. Augustine by-the-sea

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    Although this church was built in 1959, its orgins began in 1854 by Fr. Modestus Favens when the first temporary structure was made of simple beach cocnuts fronds and pieces of drift wood. Later a different site was selected and a second church was needed to accomodate more parishioners was built on Ohau Ave with old wood from wrecked sailing vessels near Diamond Head and coconut fronds for the wall and roof.

    As the community grew and so did the faith, eventually a larger church was needed, so in 1901 Father Valentin began construction. The sides and front portions are constructed only of latticework with grillings near the eaves, thus entirely left open to the breezes, which sweep down to the seashore nearby from the valleys beyond. It is 62×32 feet and has a 58-foot steeple. The interior is plainly finished, the altar and surroundings being of Gothic pattern. There is also a communion rail, choir loft, and 26 pews sufficient for seating 144 persons.

    This church was eventually raised in 1959 due to termite damage and the new construction began with a modern, air-conditioned church, designed by local architect George McLaughlin. The present church was blessed on Aug. 16, 1962, by Bishop James J. Sweeney.

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    Royal Hawaiin~Pink Place of the Pacific

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    Built in 1927, architects Warren and Wetmore, was built with a price tag of $4 million and was a six-story, 400-room structure, fashioned in a Spanish-Moorish style. A hotel offering first class luxury service 24/7. It caters to the elite and celebrities alike. I have a friend who lived in Honolulu in the 1950's and remembers the Pink Palace being the only hotel on the beach. I so enjoy historic structures and the Royal Hawaiin is beautiful.

    Favorite moments: Like myself, I am often not in photo's because I am always taking them. I often try to take photo's for other people so they have photo's of the mysterious camera man. While exploring the Royal Hawaiin, this little Japanese lady was looking rather in distress at the foot of these steps. I asked if she wanted to have her photo taken, she smiled from ear to ear and proceeded to show me with a set of some photo's of herself she didn't like and wanted to be sure I didn't frame her in the same way...lol!! So I proceeded and while she was posing, she was very dolled up and looked lovely, she wanted me to take the photo from my knee. I wanted to make her happy so while I was practically lying on the ground to get the photo shot she wanted...lol. BTW, she was still using a very old film camera:^O Anything to make someone's vacation memories special;^)

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    King's Guard Museum

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    I happened to find this place on accident. What a hidden gem it is and it is "free". The museum features interesting memorabilia, such as rifles, uniforms, photos, swords, banners and flags.

    Every evening at 6:15 pm, the "Changing of the Guards" ceremony takes place. This short and militarily ceremony harks back to the days when the King's Guard would retire the Hawaiian flag. The present day guards wear uniforms that are exact replicas of those worn by the Royal Palace Guards of King Kalakaua.

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    The Falls of Clyde 1878

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    Falls of Clyde, the world’s only surviving four-masted, full-rigged ship over 265 feet long and weighing in at over a thousand tons. Built in 1878 in Port Glasgow, Scotland, the Falls of Clyde served Hawaii as the largest ship in the sugar trade. After the turn of the century 1907, it was converted into an bulk tanker. It was bought by General Petroleum Company in 1925 and was used as an oil barge in Alaska. It was to be sank in 1963, but it was save and brought back to Honolulu. The ship was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 1989, it was named a National Historic Landmark.

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    Hawai‘i Maritime Center

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    The two-level museum is packed with insightful exhibits tracing the history of surfing, canoe racing, whaling era, Hawaii’s “Boat Days”, Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea, a double-hulled canoe that has traveled throughout the Polynesian Triangle, and a complete skeleton of a humpback whale, which is suspended in a diving position in the first-floor gallery. Admission to the center includes the opportunity to board the Falls of Clyde, the world’s only surviving four-masted, full-rigged ship.

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    The Cathedral of Saint Andrew 1862

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma were responsible for bringing the Anglican Church to Hawai’i. The first services of the church were held on October 12, 1862, amidst a time of mourning for the young Prince of Hawai`i, the only son of the King and Queen who died shortly before the arrival of the Bishop. The King and Queen gave land, part of their royal garden, on which the Cathedral was to be built.

    The untimely death of King Kamehameha IV on St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, 1863, led his brother, King Kamehameha V, to dedicate the cathedral to St. Andrew as a fitting memorial to a King.

    The Queen proceeded on her own to lead the project; she traveled to England to raise money to build St. Andrews. Cathedral was completed in time for Christmas 1886, in great part because of the support for the Queen’s vision of the Cathedral as a memorial to her husband. Queen Emma did not live to worship in the Cathedral. She had died the previous year on St. Mark’s Day 1885 but her legacy and her vision to preserve the spiritual health of her people lives on to this day.

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    World War II Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    It reads:
    In honor of all Americans of Hawaii who died in this World War that the beauty and freedom of our land might be preserved for all humanity.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815


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    Honolulu Hale 1928

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    This architectural gem dates from 1928 and was built in the California-Spanish style design. Its interior courtyard, stairs, speaker's balcony and open ceiling were modeled after the
    Bargello, a 13th Century Palace in Florence, Italy.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815

    800-GoHawaii (1-800-464-2924)
    http://www.gohawaii.com/

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    Washington Place

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    It was first the home of Captain John Dominis, a American sea merchant who was lost at sea. John Owen Dominis his son, married Lydia Kamakaeha Paki, the future Queen Liliuokalani. When she ascended to the throne, the family home became the primary residence for Hawaii’s new Queen. In 1893, is where Queen Liliuokalani was arrested during the dramatic overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She was imprisoned in Iolani Palace under house arrest.

    After the Queen’s death, Washington Place took on yet a new life as the executive mansion for twelve territorial and state governors of Hawaii until 2002 when a new governor’s residence was built on the property.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815


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    Iolani Palace Barracks 1870

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    Iolani Barracks, or Halekoa (house of warriors) in Hawaiian, was built in 1870, designed by the architect Theodore Heuck, under the direction of King Lot Kapuaiwa. Located next to the ʻIolani Palace. It housed about 80 members of the monarch's Royal Guard until the overthrow of the Monarchy in 1893. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as part of the Hawaii Capital Historic District.

    It now serves as the visitor center and where you can get tickets for tours of the Iolani Palace.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815

    800-GoHawaii (1-800-464-2924)
    http://www.gohawaii.com/

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    Eternal Flame September 11 Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    The eternal flame that sits in front of the Honolulu Hale by the City and County of Honolulu in memory of those who died and scrificed their life to put themselves in danger during the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001 and dedicated on November 11, 2001.

    The plaque reads: "Let this eternal flame unite our country in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and honor the brave men and women who put themselves in harm's way to save others. The love and spirit of our grateful nation, and the hearts and prayers of our people will always be with them."

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815


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    Father Damien Statue

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    The Father Damien bronze monument is 7½ feet tall and was dedicated in 1967, and sculpted by Marisol Escobar.

    The inscription reads: Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. —John 15:13

    Born a farmer’s son at Tremeloo, Belgium, January 3, 1840. Damien joined the Missionary Congregation of the Sacred Heart and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu in 1864. In 1873 he volunteered to serve alone at the leprosy settlement on the island of Molokai. For sixteen years he lived and worked among leprosy victims of all faiths and races. He ministered to their doomed bodies and, by his presence gave them the assurance they so desperately needed that they had not been forsaken either by God or by men. On April 14, 1889. Damien died among his people, of leprosy.

    The sculptress Marisol Escobar, working from photographs of the dying priest, saw in Damien ‘the mystery of physical transformation—as if he had become what he wanted to become.”

    Fear Banished the Suffering. In memory of the more than 7,200 victoms of Hansen’s Disease and their helpers (kōkua) who died in remote Kalawao and Kalaupapa, land of the exiled. Their courage and compassion spared others from their own tragic fate.

    Na Ka Maka‘u Kipaku I Ka ‘Eha. He ho‘omana‘o aloha kēla i na kānaka luaahi o ka ma‘i ho‘oka‘awale a me ko lākou mau kōkua, he 7,200 a ‘oi, i make i ka ‘āina mehameha‘o Kalawao me Kalaupapa, noho ‘ia e ka po‘e i wae‘ia ma muli o ua ma‘i weliweli nei. Na ko lākou wiwo‘ole a me ke aloha i ho‘opakele i ka po‘e ‘ē a‘e mai ke alo pōpilikia a lākou i alo ai.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815


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    Queen Liliuokalani Statue

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    The life-size sculpture by Marianna Pineda was dedicated April 10, 1982. It is located between the State Capitol Building and the Iolani Palace.

    The plaque reads:
    Her Majesty
    Lydia Lili'u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka'ehaaKapa'akea,
    our beloved
    Queen Lili'uokalani
    Born September 2, 1838
    Invested as Queen Monarch of Hawai'i on January 29, 1891
    Entered into eternal sleep on November 11, 1917
    Our Queen lives forever with steadfast devotion in the hearts of her loyal people.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815


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    Hawaii Eternal Flame War Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    This memorial is dedicated to Hawaii's residents who have served in the United States military. The etching at the base reads: "This memorial is dedicated to the men and women of the state of Hawaii who have served in the armed forces of the United States." The Eternal Flame War Memorial, built on December 7, 1944 to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    I appreciate the location with the mountains as a beautiful backdrop and the native palms trees that line the walkway. Very lovely and honorable.

    Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
    2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815

    800-GoHawaii (1-800-464-2924)
    http://www.gohawaii.com/

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