Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oahu, Hawaii - Day 9

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USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor

What: Historic site
More Info: Parking is free; Admission to USS Arizona Memorial is free on a first come, first serve basis

Pearl Harbor

We reached Pearl Harbor at 8.30am and the earliest available tickets were for 11.15am. Until then, we walked around looking at the pictures and reading placards about the attack on December 7, 1941, which resulted in killing over two thousand people and drove the United States into World War II.

USS Arizona Memorial

At 11.15am, they took us to a theatre and we watched a 15-20min show about the history of the Pearl Harbor attack. It is hard to not shed tears thinking that such a devastation happened in that same place I was standing. Then a 5min boat ride took us to the USS Arizona Memorial, where we stayed for 20min and took the boat back to the shore.   

Inside the memorial

Sunset from Waikiki Beach

Sunset from Waikiki Beach

We got our free Princess Punch drink from the hotel and walked to the Waikiki Beach to see the beautiful sunset. We the strolled through the neighboring streets, enjoying the new year vibe and watching the dazzling new year preparations.

Dinner at Bucca De Beppo


We made dinner reservations at Bucca De Beppo and ordered an appetizer platter and tiramisu. The tiramisu was huge and this was the best that we have ever had so far!

New Year Eve at Waikiki Beach

New Year Eve at Waikiki Beach

We walked to the beach and sat on the shore, among a million of people waiting for the fireworks. The clock struck 12 and boom, the first New Year firework lighted the sky. We gaped at the fireworks for 10minutes, took pictures, walked aimlessly, looking at people going crazy and reached the hotel at 1.00am.

Happy New Year!

New Year Day

We woke up at 8.30ish in the morning, packed our bags, checked out from the hotel, got Kona coffee (second most expensive coffee and one of the best coffees in the world), drove to the airport and reached the Honolulu International Airport 2 hours before the flight departure.

Luckily we had checked in online; there was a long line for those who had not checked in. With an hour stop over at Los Angeles, we reached the San Francisco International Airport very late in the night. Could not believe that this amazing trip was over and it was time to get back to the grind!

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