Hawai'i - Day 4 - Tour of Oahu

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!

First stop, the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Next stop, a beach on the North Shore. Great surfing, but watch out for the sharks!

Next stop, the Polynesian Cultural Center for a Hawaiian lunch, some education about the cultures across Polynesia, and some entertainment.

The Tongans put on a fun drum show (of course I pick the one shot I have of them not drumming!)…

Each island nation was represented with a floating stage featuring their native dress and dance.

You probably know Aotearoa by it's current name: New Zealand.

Next up. a stop at the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet. Jackpot!

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.”

The property is home to not one, but four black swans (and a peacock)!

My shot of the year.

Last stop: the Pali Lookout. Steph wanted her picture with the wild chickens.

The sculpture in the lobby of our hotel. It had new meaning after our close encounter with the turtle on Tuesday!

I took about a dozen shots of Mary at dinner and she just couldn't keep her eyes open!

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      2012.01.02 Edited

      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.