Hawaii 2023 Trip
 Arrival in Oahu

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King Kamehameha Statue (1882)
Wa'a Hawaiian canoes
Wa'a canoes

Saturday - Day 9

I enjoyed a quiet start to the day watching the folks enjoying the wa'a Hawaiian canoes in the ocean by our condo.

It was easy getting to the airport for our 10:35 Hawaiian Air flight to Oahu. As our plane started over the ocean I could briefly see more whales off shore. After picking up our rental car at Hertz, we stopped for lunch at La Mariana Sailing Club, which had been recommended by one of the regulars on the Hawaii Forum at Tripadvisor. La Mariana is a dark, over the top retro Tiki bar, which was the inspiration for a set on the original TV show Hawaii Five-O.

We had garlic sautéed shrimp with salad & onion rings, and an ahi poke bowl. Both were fine and I enjoyed the atmosphere, though this had worked better for location and timing than for the food.

La Mariana Sailing Club
View from La Mariana Sailing Club

La Mariana Sailing Club
La Mariana Sailing Club Tiki Bar

Garlic sauteed shrimp and ahi poke bowl at La Mariana Sailing Club
Garlic sautéed shrimp and ahi poke bowl

We drove to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl National Cemetery), where we enjoyed the view of Honolulu. We had planned to go on up Mount Tentalus to stop at some other scenic lookouts, but I decided this was high enough.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Punchbowl National Cemetery

View from National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Downtown Honolulu

Next we drove to downtown Honolulu and parked near St. Andrews Cathedral to walk the Capital Historic District. Other than the Hawaii State Capitol building and coral block 1871 Iolani Barracks, all of the buildings were closed or required reservations, but we enjoyed walking the grounds and seeing Iolani Palace, Kawaiaha'o Church, Lunalilo Mausoleum, several statues and the Banyan Terrace with its large banyan which is nearly 180 years old. The state house does not have a dome and the shape is inspired by a volcano, open and raising in the center. The pillars are designed to look like coconut palm trunks.

St Andrews Cathedral - Capital Historic District
St. Andrews Cathedral

Hawaii State Capitol building - Honolulu
Hawaii State Capitol building

Iolani Barracks - Honolullu
Iolani Barracks

Queen Liliuokalani Statue
Queen Liliuokalani Statue in the Capitol Mall between the capitol building and Iolani Palace 

Banyan Tree, Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu
This banyan tree next to Iolani Palace is believed to have been planted by Queen Kapiolani.

Iolani Palace Honolulu
 Iolani Palace - the home of Hawaii's last reigning monarchs

Kawaiaha'o Church
Kawaiaha'o Church - the national house of prayer

Statue of Patsy Takemoto Mink
Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927-2002) was the first woman of color elected to the US House of Representatives.
She was the major author and sponsor of Title IX, which she wrote in part as a response to the adversities
she faced as a woman during her own education experience.
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