Swimming with a turtle
On July 30th we flew to Honolulu with Delta, where we picked up our rental car. After that we drove to our AirBnB vacation home in Haleiwa, at the northern shore of the island which is about 1 hour from the airport.
After a short sighting of our apartment we drove to Pupukea Beach Park to splash around.
The next morning, we decided to go to Heleiwa Beach Park near Weimea Valley, where we spent a great day. One day we drove to Honolulu. I like to get some background information when we travel. The history of Honolulu is actually very sad with the growing cultivation of sugar cane and the desire for success, the monarchy was overthrown by the military. In 1959 Hawaii became state. An another tragedy was the attack on Paul Harbor. At that time many innocents lost their lives and the usa entered world war II. Honolulu with the famous Waikiki Beach did not appeal to me since it is paved with many skyscrapers. None the less we enjoyed our tour through Honolulu.
The next few days we spent at great beaches (Three Table, Sun Set Beach and Heleiwa Beach) in our area. Two more days we spend with touring through the island. One Sunday we had a traditional luau (festival with special food and entertainment) and ate Shaved Ice – a must have in Hawaii. We especially liked the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden and the Plantage Village – an open-air museum that tells the story of life on Hawaii’s sugar plantations (circa 1850-1950). The village includes restored buildings of various ethnic groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, Portuguese and Puerto Ricans. Each house showed its living conditions, lifestyle and cultural beliefs. The children liked the labyrinth at Dole Plantation the most.
Below you find impressions of our trip. Have fun browsing through them!