Years ago, my cousin Lee returned from Hawaii for a short visit. Her husband was on his billionth tour of duty in the lovely island state. Her eyes lit up as she described the beauty and impressive sights. Even though it was a long swim from San Diego to Honolulu, I added it to my bucket list as a “Really Must Do!”
|Submarine surfacing near Waikiki|
My husband and I did a lot of traveling within the continental US, but Hawaii remained in my dreams until our brother-in-law mentioned he was forming his annual group for a trip – destination Hawaii. An enthusiastic discussion about why we should tag along followed. The picture album lent visual appeal to the verbal description.
Almost sold on the idea, hubby just about choked when he found out about non-refundable policies. I held my breath for a few short seconds. Finally he agreed it would be the opportunity of a lifetime to visit Waikiki and walk along the sand, even if it meant he couldn’t change his mind without losing dollars.
I enjoyed the flight and the opportunity to look down on the Pacific. Giant ocean liners looked like tiny boats in the distance. The wake added to the foam and waves, with sunlight cheerfully glinting from the water. It didn’t seem like such a long distance from San Diego to Oahu, Hawaii’s third largest island. Talk about fantastic weather! We walked out to the benches and enjoyed the sun while waiting for the rest of the group.
|View of Diamond Head by NASA|
The indoor and outdoor shopping centers were crowded with locals and tourists searching for everyday items and souvenirs. The impressive beaches and white sand attracted all of us. I couldn’t talk anyone else into hiking with me from the hotel to Diamond Head, so I went myself. The homes were amazing, and the landscaping even more so. An elderly woman was tending to her flowers and invited me into the yard to admire her handiwork. She directed me to the bus stop so I could ride back. That is a long walk!
We participated in paying our respects at the Pear Harbor memorial, attended several luaus, and decided to plan a return trip as soon as possible. We visited other islands each time we returned, and made sure to program a few days in Waikiki.
|Forest and Kim Starr captured beautiful photos of flowers in Hawaii.|
Perhaps it’s just this long winter, but I think I hear Hawaii calling my name again. It would be wonderful to visit one more time.
Is there a special place to visit on your bucket list?