Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pearl Harbor and Germaine's Luau

Pearl Harbor
Celia, Jim amd I went to Pearl Harbor to visit the Arizona Memorial. I had it in my head to get super early in order to get on the first boat to the memorial in order to get a picture of an empty memorial. But stupid me, got all turned around and we almost didn't make it at all. I was so frazzled that I had ignored the fact that I sold Celia and Jim on the idea and I totally messed it up. We ended up on the 4th boat of the day. I am sure I only gave it a half-hearted, tail between my legs apology. Celia and Jim, I am so sorry.

While waiting for our group's turn...
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This map showed the sequence of events on the island on that day.
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Then I saw Jim talking to someone, thenposing with him for a picture. Someone you know, Jim?
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This was the base of a gun turret.
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Names of all who died on board.
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One thing the guide said that stuck in my mind as I was getting on the boat to the memorial. He asked that everyone keep their voices down and to remember that it is a gravesite. It wasn't until I saw this that it really hit me that it was a gravesite.
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Germaine's Luau
After the visiting the Arizona Memorial, I dropped off Celia and Jim at the Banyan Condo and went back to the house. We had a lot of time before the Luau tonight. So, I got caught up with more souvenir shopping for folks back in Los Angeles.
We got on the bus to the luau at 4:30pm. It was going to be an hour ride (because of traffic) to the luau site. Once there...
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For some reason, I brought my smaller camera instead of my Nikon. I'm sure more of the pictures I took would have come out better. As it is, these were the only ones that are worth posting.
It was as I remember it. The show was great, the audience participation was hilarious and the food was good. The drinks were stronger than I remember but then again the main thing I remember from the last time I went to this luau was that I got into a fight with my cousin's uncle... Ok, maybe the drinks were stronger then...


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