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Island Paradise and Pearl Harbor - Days 1 and 2

By January 20, 2012 , , ,

We returned from our Hawaii holiday last Sunday and I think I can finally say I'm adjusted to the 5-hour time difference and vast temperature spread of about ... oh 60 degrees!! This is the longest that we've ever been away from our Sweet Baby RayRay and although we enjoyed the island paradise and much-needed relaxation, I missed my baby girl more than I can put into words. After seven days, we were VERY ready to get back to our Hoosier home and hold our baby girl again tight in our arms.

Even though it's been icy cold and super wintry every day since our return to Indiana, being back with my sweet girl surrounds my heart and life with warmth and happiness that can't be found on any Hawaiian island or tropical getaway. 

Don't get me wrong though, we had an absolutely wonderful time and enjoyed a few days of rest and relaxation in one of my bucket list places to go - Oahu and Maui! So of course, I wanted to share a few photos from our vacay over the next couple of days. Hope you enjoy em'!

We stayed right on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu. This is a view from our hotel to Diamond Head Mountain.

Waikiki Beach at night.

Lunch in Honolulu.

Any opportunity for lunch near the beach and I'm in!

Sunset in Waikiki

We actually had the opportunity to go to the islands in part from a scholarship I received from my local Farm Bureau to attend the annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Hawaii. So the first couple days, we attended the convention and got to hang out with some of our Indiana farm friends in pure paradise! You may recognize Miss Hannah   (right) here from Off the Cuff and Indypendent)

Sushi night in Honolulu with friends

Good times and great memories

View of the island of Oahu during a sunset dinner cruise

Another gorgeous sunset

There's nothing quite like watching the sun set across the ocean, though I have to say that a sunset off of our Indiana corn fields is just as breathtakingly beautiful!

Big D and I

Enjoyed a fun hula show during the dinner cruise!

Tour of the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor. It's difficult to put into words the impact this tour had on me. I grew up in a military family so this is something I've always wanted to experience. Below you will find photos of the memorial, in which over 1,000 men died  and are interred in the sunken ship after a series of bombs hit the battleship during our nation's tragedy that was the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan," - FDR

View of the historic USS Missouri, site of the official  Japanese surrender of World War II, decommissioned in 1998, now a floating war memorial at Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii.

Names of all the men who died on the USS Arizona during Pearl Harbor.

Names of the men who survived the attack on the USS Arizona , but later passed away requesting to be  "laid  to rest" with their fellow soldiers from the Arizona.

"We are now in this war. We are in it - all the way. Every single man, woman and child is a partner in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history." - FDR

The Pearl Harbor Naval Base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. The Japanese sank or damaged three cruisers, three destoyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer. Also, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed. 2,402 American soldiers were killed during the attack and 1,282 wounded, not to mention the additional civilian casualties as a result of the attack.

This experience will be in my heart for a lifetime - not only remembering the soldiers who fought and lost their lives as a result of the evil attack on Pearl Harbor, but also all of the men from previous battles and those (including my brother) who currently serve our great country in the best and strongest military in the world to protect our freedom and our liberties. 

On that serious note ... please stay tuned, I have more beautiful photos from our vacay to share with you in the coming days!

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  1. Great post Meggie. Enjoyed all the pictures. Can't wait to see more!

  2. Great pics! The dinner cruise looked so fun! Really trying hard to remember what it was like to have the sun on my face and a warm breeze at my back.

  3. Great pictures enjoyed the tour look forward to more