A busy day on Oahu

Trip Start May 20, 2008
Trip End May 27, 2008

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

We started out early in the morning with a trip to Diamond Head crater.  This is the site of a huge volcano, so when you're inside the crater you're actually standing in the middle of the volcano.  The hike to the rim of the crater was strenuous, and we saw a lot of people struggling along the way.  There was one man at the very top who didn't feel like he could make it back down without some food, so he was asking if anyone had some peanut butter.  It was beautiful from the top--we could see all of Waikiki, the Honolulu lighthouse, and all the way out into the Pacific Ocean.

  After walking all the way down the crater and back to Allison and Lee's apartment, we were pretty hungry ourselves.  We decided to go to Ono Hawaiian Foods, a local dive restaurant which is rumored to serve the most delicious native Hawaiian food on the island.  We ordered the Kalua Pig platter with a side of Spam, and our waitress helped us out with the process.  A bunch of little bowls of different things came out--sticky rice, poi (which looks slightly like walpaper paste and tastes like black beans and yogurt), onions with sea salt, Lomi salmon (tomato, salmon and onions chopped together), hot pepper sauce mixed with soy, Pipi Kaula (Hawaiian-style beef jerky), and of course the Kalua pig and Spam.  You dip the meats into the different items and eat it all mixed together.  It was really good; we all cleaned our plates and had Haupia (coconut milk custard, kind of like a flan) for dessert.

  Next we went to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.  It was very moving to think of the terrible thing that happened there on December 7, 1941.

  After seeing the Arizona, we decided to check out the U.S.S. Bowfin, a WWII era submarine that ran nine successful missions during the war.  It was really cool to go inside and see how the whole thing worked.  I was shocked to see that men actually slept in bunks resting on the torpedos!  We had a lot of fun turning all the knobs, pressing all the buttons and looking out the periscopes.

  Finally, we headed over to Germaine's luau to have a Hawaiian feast.  The show was very entertaining, and the food was ok but not as good as what we had eaten earlier at Ono.  All in all it was a really fun experience.
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Allison and Lee's apartment

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