After returning home from my first jaunt to Hawaii, I barely had time to launder clothes before setting out again. This time the trip would be with another colleague, Stan Katzman, and his wife Fran, who would be traveling along for the excursion. We spent some days on Honolulu and then were off to Camp Zama, outside Tokyo. I have many memories of our experiences in Japan, but no pictures. Here are some pictures of our time on Oahu.

Koko Head

One weekend day our colleague Danny took us on a jaunt around Oahu. This is the Hawaiian shore east of Diamond Head. The hills in the center are the remaining parts of the crater at Koko Head.

Hanama Bay

Hanauma Bay was formed from one of the craters at Koko Head. The ocean has breached the crater wall to form this protected area. Since our time there it has become heavily commercialized, but back in 1974 it was closer to its natural state.

Koko Head

These lava flows impressed me on my first visit to the area and I was happy to revisit them.

I was suffering from a severe cold and had dosed up on medication so I didn't clamber over the rocks as much as I had on the previous trip.

Halona Blowhole

A bit farther up the eastern coast is the Halona Blowhole.

Kaneohe Bay

Kaneohe Bay. As with many features in the islands, it is the remnant of an ancient caldera that long ago slipped into the ocean.

Laie Point

(L-R) Danny, Fran & Stan.

Our next stop was La'ie Point. Apparently one of the main attractions is a hole cut through one of the offshore islands. I completely missed that, but the place was certainly beautiful. Still pictures just don't do water justice. The surf was amazing (and this wasn't a time of year noted for big surf).

Tahitian Village

One of the stops on the trip was the Polynesian Culture Center. There is a wealth of information at the link describing the center, its origins, and the different cultures represented. Scroll down to the links below all the advertising.

Throughout the center are "villages" showcasing the traditional lifestyle, arts and crafts of the various cultures. This is the Tahitian Village.

Hawaiian Barge

Later in the afternoon there was a program that featured traditional music and dance of the individual cultures. Dancers were conveyed around a lagoon on barges. I took many pictures, but this Hawaiian barge will give you the idea. I also liked the Maori barge, but our recent (2015) trip to New Zealand had much more of the cultural background of that people.

Warrior Stan

There were also places where the tourists could dress up and live out their island fantasies. Stan, always a cheerful and friendly fellow, obviously had a hidden warrior there somewhere.

Sunset Beach

Our final stop for the afternoon was, naturally, Sunset Beach.

The surf can get pretty fierce here in the winter. We were visiting in the spring, so the swells looked pretty manageable. At least one surfer was enjoying the water.

My cousin Betty Pease Hopkins and her husband lived near here shortly after they married. He was in the Army at the time. Pretty tough duty station!

From this point we cut straight back to Honolulu. A native Hawaiian colleague told me that many mainlanders fantasize about retiring to Hawaii, but (set aside the very steep cost of living) they soon get stir-crazy. We pretty much circled the island in a day trip that included plenty of leisurely stops.

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