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Will you Maui me?

We’ll spare you other naff Hawaii-based jokes

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Four nights in Hawaii have come to an end. They were sandwiched between New Zealand and the next 5 weeks in the US of A. Our first night was spent on Oahu so that we could visit Pearl Harbour and then we had a short flight to Maui for 3 nights of recharging (this travelling business gets quite tiring). Pearl Harbour is a fascinating place. Ironically, it gets a lot of Japanese visitors but everyone is respectful of what happened there. The visitors centre is good but the highlights are the USS Arizona memorial – which sits over the sunken ship, which lays ‘buried’ in the harbour – and the ‘Mighty Mo’; the USS Missouri. She is now retired but saw active service in Desert Storm having been retired 29 years previously. When the fire power on a ship like that is explained you can’t be anything other than impressed and pity whomever is on the receiving end of it. More famously though, it's on board her main deck that the treaty that confirmed Japan's surrender marking the end of WW2. The other 3 nights were spent at the Cliff’s Edge at Huelo Point in Maui. It was a challenge to find in the dark (given the lack of lights, no sign posts, a twisty road, a local driving up your backside and the fact it’s at the end of a 1.4 mile gravel track) but it was worth it. The view from our Lanie (porch) was just beautiful. We ate our breakfast just looking out at the ocean whilst perched on a 300ft cliff. It was also lovely to see the Humpback Whales that occasionally surfaced a couple of hundred metres off-shore. Our first day was a day of sunbathing (our first on the trip!!), the middle day was covered in our previous blog and the last day was intended to be a sunbathing day but it was overcast and rainy for much of the day, though still warm. It wasn’t the best way to end the trip but it was restful and relaxing nonetheless. Oh, don’t worry mums and dads, there was no proposal, it was just a play on the words!!

Posted by neilthelr 16:21 Archived in USA

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