Visiting Pearl Harbor is one of those things that you pretty much have to do when you’re in Honolulu. The only thing about visiting Pearl Harbor is that you have to make sure you reserve a spot before you go! Well, there are a certain number of spots available the day of if you show up early, but it’s possible that they would run out! In the end, my mom and I were able to get spots the day before because a certain number come out way early, a certain number the day before, and then a certain number the morning of on site.

Since we didn’t rent a car while on Oahu, we rode the city bus there. You are not allowed to bring anything essentially into the memorial site so you have to rent a lock box outside the gates. Once we were inside, there are areas to look around and museum-like exhibits and displays that we perused before watching the mandatory video with the rest of the people in our time slot. Then we boarded a boat to get to the memorial site where we were let off to explore for half an hour before being corralled back onto the boat. It was a very interesting experience. It’s also crazy to be at the memorial site, which is built right on top of the sunken ship that you can see under the water.

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 sitesart museum of the statesunset shadow

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

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:

I’m guessing do to the new TV series, The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood currently has over 1000 requests/holds in the San Francisco Public Library system! After weeks and and weeks perhaps into the month and month (honestly I lost count) of waiting, I finally got an email that it was my turn! It had actually been so long that I had forgotten about requesting this book at all.

It turns out Margaret Atwood’s view of the future is a pretty quick read. This dystopian society is set in an American city in the future (perhaps even the future of now) where a fundamentalist totalitarian government has taken over and women have been stripped of all power, authority, identity, and rights. Women have taken over essentially only 3 roles: acting as a vessel for procreation, household servants, and trainers of the vessels for procreation. It’s an incredibly scary world told through the eyes and voice of a woman who remembers living the first part of her life is what we would consider “modern society” but has adjusted to their scary world. What I found the most interesting is that it’s not a global thing, this government has only taken over in the United States so throughout, you hear about tourists (like from Japan) who come to visit and gawk at the “new normal” in Gilead. If you ever get your hands on this book, it’s a scary, but good read!

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: