Thursday, December 29, 2011
Our last full day in Oahu. We started with breakfast at the Wailana Coffee House (1860 Ala Moana Blvd.):
Known as the best breakfast place and all-you-can-eat-pancakes restaurant in Oahu.
We drove the Likelike Highway ('cause we liked the name) across the island to the Windward Side. Our goal was to explore the North Shore.
We skirted the town of Kane'ohe, as that was where the Obama family was spending the holiday. Headed north on Kahekili Highway. By now we were positive that the Hawaiian language was limited to the 5 vowels and about 5 consonants!
Koi are a Japanese symbol of love and friendship.
An 18' gilded statue of Buddha:
Plumeria pudica/White Frangipani:
The sacred bell:
The bell is rung by swinging a log against its side:
This will bring happiness and longevity.
A last look at Byodo-in:
Spathodea campanulata/African Tulip Tree:
First sighting of Mokoli'i Island known as Chinaman's Hat:
Hibiscus brackenridgei/Pua aloalo/State flower of Hawai'i:
Next we drove to The Ponds:
We had planned to order another portion of garlic shrimp at Romy's:
Wind turbines across the street:
We heard lots of birds, but could not identify any of those flitting in the trees. We also saw a couple mongoose darting into the undergrowth.
We ended up in Haleiwa, so decided to complete our lunch at Haleiwa Joe's:
Prizes are supposedly given for the fastest times through the maze, where you have to find eight stations and mark your card with particular shapes: