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Seein the Sights

Posted on June 24, 2013 by James Douglas

Today we woke up at 5 to drive out to Hanauma Bay. It is a reef that is supposed to have some of the best snorkeling on the island, but it gets pretty crowded so our strategy was to try and beat the crowds. It worked pretty well, as there were only 20 or 30 people there when we got there. The choral was mostly damaged, however the fish were really cool. I saw the state fish of Hawaii, humuhumu-nukunuku-apua’a, along with numerous other reef species, and two sea turtles. At about 10 we left the reef and went to get some food. We stopped at this place called Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, and it was delicious. Then it was off to Pearl Harbor, which was something we felt like we should do before we left the island. It was interesting, but pretty busy so there was no opportunity to go to the memorial or see Ford Island. In addition, most of the cool exhibits cost $10 or so each so I decided to enjoy the free stuff. After a couple hours there, we drove over to Waikiki to enjoy the beach, and hung out there until dinner. I decided to find some sushi with a couple of the other guys in the area. The sushi was alright but I was kind of disappointed considering we were in hawaii. Overall, it was pretty awesome day off, and I was glad to make a full day out of it.

 

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