Pearl Harbour and the USS Arizona
Nov 07, 2012
Jan 10, 2013
Today we started off with breakfast at Denny's. For what you get, it works out at about 1/2 the price you would pay in Australia and at least 30% more food. We then got pre-paid sims for the phones. I don't know why, but anything involving phone compnies and mobile phones just has to be more complicated than is necessary. For reasons no one can explain to us, we cannot send MMS messages, and I don't seem to be able to text anyone, yet Deborah is able, sometimes, to send and receive text. But she doesn't have a data plan. Anyway, the guy at A.T & T was helpful and the costs didn't cripple us. We then went to the Arizona memorial. I have to say that the Americans know how to do this sort of thing really well. The entire area was very well presented, the staff were very helpful and the material was interesting. We got audio headsets for the tour of the Arizona site, the submarine USS Bowfin and the submarine warfare museum. I could never have served on a submarine, I would kill myself on the hatchway openings, they are just too short, as are the beds. We spent about four hours at the museum - the highlight for me was the visit to the Arizona. After hearing so much about Pearl Harbour, seeing so many movies and reading so much about it, it was actually really fascinating to be there. All of the information made it much easier to visualise the events. The memorial, commentary and guides were all very balanced and well informed. The entire site is a fitting tribute.After we finished there we went to Waikiki for tea. We ate at the Hula Grill, where we sat on the balcony overlooking Waikiki beach.cThe meal and drinks were great, and really the only thing that could have been better would have been we had been dining at sunset, rather than after sunset.