It seemed like a good plan. Meet somewhere halfway between Shanghai and St Paul, Minnesota for Christmas. From Shanghai, we left at 6:00 PM on Friday, flew 9 hours and arrived in Honolulu, Hawai'i at 9:00 AM the same day. The net result was that our Friday was 42 hours long!
We picked up the car rental, picked up our Waikiki Trolley passes and the zoo and aquarium tickets, and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, with its wave of guitars on the ceiling:
Checked into the Ohana Waikiki West Hotel.
Meanwhile, Brynne left Minneapolis at 1:20 PM on Friday, flew and stopped over 11 hours, and arrived in Honolulu at 8:15 PM. We drove to the airport to pick her up, but got lost trying to find the correct terminal, to find parking, to find a place to get a drink... Gosh, we weren't even in China anymore, and we were still wandering around.
The main lobby of the Honolulu Airport has a 3/4 scale 1931 Boeing USN F4B-4 plane (same as the Army P-12 model):
It was raining as we looked for a place to have dinner this late in the day. There was a private party at Nico's at Pier 38 and Uncle's was about to close. Ended up at Murphy's Bar & Grill for Irish grub. This downtown pub is located in an historic 19th-century saloon where King Kalakaua himself was known to bend an elbow.
After dinner we drove up King Street past the Honolulu City Lights holiday display. Just looked from the car as it was raining.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Started with breakfast at Keoni by Keo's with a coupon for the breakfast special.
The Waikiki Trolley took us the short distance to the zoo, and at this stop was a statue of a short board surfer:
The Honolulu Zoo, located in Queen Kapi'olani Park, is the only zoo in the U.S. to be established by grants from a sovereign monarch. In 1916, the zoo became official with the purchase of an elephant.
Eeek! A snake!
We became fascinated with the Geopelia striata/Zebra Doves:
The endangered Branta sandvicensis/Nene/Hawaiian Goose:
The Nene shared its enclosure with Padda oryzivora/Java Sparrows:
Mixture of flora:
The Children's Zoo/Keiki Zoo:
Papio hamadryas/Hamadryas Baboon:
Peacock and peahens:
Strelitzia reginae/Bird of Paradise: