Oahu , HI
July 13 - 21, 2003
In July I took a well needed vacation to visit my friend Dave in
Hawaii. We spent almost an entire week under water. Dave is
a Dive Master at the Oahu Dive Center in Kailua. That is the shop
in the top picture and Dave is there in the white shirt. One dive
took us to a crashed corsair off the south east corner of the
island. Popping his head out of a hole in a wing of the airplane
is a green moray eel. Next is a picture of me swimming under the
sea. Then lo and behold the cactus is posing in his hawaiian
best, in front of the corsair. He is right in front of the engine
and you can just make out the canopy and the tail at the back.
This wreck is in about 110 feet down that means we could only explore
for about 10 minutes.
On our second dive today I found a bunch of squirrel fish, or mimpachi
in hawaiian. A spiny black urchin is clinging to rock above.
This is the cactus continuing his tour of state capitol
buildings. I think the capitol in Hawaii is special, it was
opened in 1969 and has a very modern look. Below is Iolani Palace the official residence of King Kalakaua and Queen
Lili‘uokalani, 1882-1893, the
last monarchs of Hawai‘i.
On my last visit to Hawaii I posted some pictures of my visit to a pineapple
. On that page I forgot to take a picture of the
fields where they grow the fruit. So I had to return to Hawaii
just to take this picture . This field goes back miles, all the
way to the mountains with the year round crop. On the right is a
boom harvesting machine. About a dozen workers are working behind
the boom extending to the left. They cut the fruit by hand and
place it on the machine. Below is a common rainbow found all over
Hawaii. You will notice that, in honor of my visit, the "pot o'
gold at the end of the rainbow" is .... Home Depot.
Pearl Harbor is in the background.
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