Today is the last day ….. the boys did some more surfing and then we spent the last night of our trip at a traditional Hawaiian luau at Paradise Cove – watching the sunset, drinking Mai Tai’s, watching hula girls and fire dancers. A nice way to finish the trip.
Tomorrow morning we are on the plane to … home sweet home.
We organised to go on a tour of Pearl Harbour today, which is still an active base. It included a tour of the USS Battleship Missouri, which was in service from 1944 to 1955 and then again from 1986 to 1992. The Missouri was the ship upon which the Japanese officials signed the Instruments of Surrender signaling the end of the 2nd World War in 1945 in Tokyo Bay. We watched a documentary about the bombing of Pearl Harbour and then toured the Memorial above the USS Arizona, which is where over 1,100 men were intombed after the attack. It was quite a moving experience.
Had an early start to get to the airport to catch our 10.30am flight to Honolulu – the last stop for the Duffs On Tour journey. Bit of fog but no delays and after 5.5 hrs we arrived at Honolulu. John and I have both been here before so its nice to be back. You can’t help feeling relaxed as soon as you see the Hawaiian shirts and palm trees ! Our hotel is not the most modern, I walked past the bell desk and they were still using a typewriter !
Today is Halloween so when we went out to have a walk and get something to eat, the streets were full of dressed up zombies and monsters and some kids in character costumes. One shop keeper gave the boys a bag so they could join in with the trick or treating and they ended up with a bag full of candy by the end of the night so they were happy.
Feeling very lucky we are not on the east coast at the moment. We travelled through the area that has been hit by the massive storm Sandy, back in July, including New York City and have seen lots of pictures on the TV of places we have been where there is now alot of damage.
The beautiful California sunshine was smiling on us again today as we did a short morning tour of Hollywood and Beverley Hills in an open top mini bus. In the evening we went to the LA Lakers basketball game. It was the first game of the regular season and the crowd was pumped ! They handed out free T shirts at the gate so we all just had to get into the spirit. The only celebrity we have seen in LA we saw at the game – a season ticket holder with court side seats – the one and only Jack Nicholson. The whole event was pretty amazing with loud music, the national anthem, lights, big screens and neon signs all around the massive multi level arena, not to forget the very acrobatic Laker cheer girls ! The Lakers lost, so the crowd were not happy but it was a great night.