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Hawai'i - Day 4 - Tour of Oahu

2011.09.15
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First stop, the Dole Pineapple Plantation.
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Next stop, a beach on the North Shore. Great surfing, but watch out for the sharks!
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Next stop, the Polynesian Cultural Center for a Hawaiian lunch, some education about the cultures across Polynesia, and some entertainment.
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The Tongans put on a fun drum show (of course I pick the one shot I have of them not drumming!)...
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Each island nation was represented with a floating stage featuring their native dress and dance.
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You probably know Aotearoa by it's current name: New Zealand.
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Next up. a stop at the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet. Jackpot!
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Next, the Byodo-In Buddhist Temple. We wish we could have spent several hours here!

"An offering and ringing of this sacred bell brings happiness, the blessings of Buddha, and a long life to the ringer of the bell. It is customarily rung before one enters the temple to spread the eternal teachings of Buddha."
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The property is home to not one, but four black swans (and a peacock)!
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My shot of the year.
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Last stop: the Pali Lookout. Steph wanted her picture with the wild chickens.
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The sculpture in the lobby of our hotel. It had new meaning after our close encounter with the turtle on Tuesday!
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I took about a dozen shots of Mary at dinner and she just couldn't keep her eyes open!
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Today, we joined Steve and Mary on a bus tour of Oahu.

Our first stop was the Dole Pineapple Plantation (try the Dole Whip!), second was a beach on the north shore, third was the Polynesian Cultural Center, followed by a macadamia nut farm outlet, the Byodo-In Buddhist temple, and lastly a stop a the Pali Lookout.

What a day!
2 Comments
kauphem Great set...nice place...looks like a must visit :)
kauphem · 2011-12-20: 02:40
sooch The temple is fantastic, the composition is perfect but I love all the fog along the mountain peaks and the temple being red against the green is great. Congrats.
sooch · 2012-01-01: 21:50
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