While exploring downtown Honolulu, my mom and I spent time time relaxing in the free cool air conditioning of the Hawaii State Art Museum. Of course, this place offers more than just air conditioning though, they have beautiful art that really exemplifies all of Hawaii. We didn’t walk through every exhibit since we didn’t have that much time in Honolulu and wanted to be able to hit as many neat spots as possible, but the art pieces we did encounter were quite neat. I especially loved seeing how water and other parts of nature were a big part of the art pieces. There was also a high school art competition on display when we were there, which was super awesome to get to see. Those kids are so talented!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sites

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

After spending some time on Maui island, my mom and I took a short flight over to Oahu and spent the remainder of our Hawaii trip in the capital, Honolulu. While in Honolulu, we made sure to see all the touristy downtown sites like the old palace, the state capital building, and all the famous statues of former Hawaiian royalty. Then we made sure to take a quick soak at the most famous (and crowded) Waikiki Beach.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

Saw this wall painting in Syracuse, maybe depicting a street scene or a playground. Nothing too special, just like any other of the hundreds of wall paintings in a city.

A closer look reveals it’s comprised of QR Codes (Quick Response Codes). These have been described as two-dimensional barcode. These days, QR Codes are used everywhere to track everything. Just capture it with your smartphone. Even airport security checks accept these, no longer any need to print the boarding pass.

It turns out this is really a cool, up-to-date with technology, in-with-millennials, wall mural.

The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts is one of those iconic places that you always see pictures of when you look up “Things to Do” or “Places to Visit” in San Francisco. It took me almost two years, but I finally made it over here to the Presidio to check this place out! I always thought it was a museum or something, but it turns out it isn’t! It’s more like an open-air theater that you can walk around when there aren’t artists performing.

It was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to exhibit works of art. What’s amazing is that it’s still there, even though it’s not really the original since after the big earthquake it was essentially rebuilt. I think the lagoon with its turtles and swans are the prettiest part!

A fine photo adventure: