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Jan. 30 - HONOLULU, HAWAII

sunny 80 °F
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Aloha from our 50th State! After more than four days in the rolling North Pacific we sailed into Honolulu Bay under the noon day sun. Part of the allure and magic of these islands is in their remoteness, in addition to their incredible beauty.

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The first segment of the World Cruise will end in Sydney, Australia. We have filled the hours at sea with presentations by twelve experts in diverse fields, a wide variety of evening shows, musical groups (Jazz band, Dance band, string quartet and piano men), walking the deck, and- oh yes – eating!

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Ed and I both escorted Crystal Tours today.

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Ed’s Tour started with a drive to famous Nuuani Pali Lookout.

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Looked at the view and then found beauty at his feet as well.

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Many of the well-known sites are fairly close together around Honolulu.

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Ed’s “Monarchs and Missionaries” tour focused on the Hawaiian royal family, and the role of the New England Missionaries who came to the islands between 1820 and 1863. Their journey was a bit longer than ours – six to nine months at sea.

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Kawaiahao Church was built of coral blocks in 1842. It was the church of the Hawaiian Royal Families.

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The beautifully restored Iolani Palace

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Koa wood is beautifully carved and curved throughout the Palace.

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Sorry, King Kamehameha, you are being upstaged!

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My tour was to the Lyon Arboretum. Finally, Hästa got to get his little painted hoofs on dry ground.

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My local guide is studying for his Master’s degree in Botany and in non-stop (but good) mode he informed us of so much that I won’t share right now. The Arboretum is home to 5,000 species of plants, and is beautifully landscaped.

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Before returning to the pier we were treated to a view from Pu’u Uala’kaa, or the Hill of the Rolling Sweet Potato. Normally the air is clear, but today Diamond Head looks hazy due to the “Vogg” (the winds today coming from the active volcanic “Big Island”;).

Posted by Swenigale 18:05 Archived in USA

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