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Leaving Honolulu   2 comments

Time had come to move on, our next stop was Christmas Island, before we left Sean, being the nice guy he is sent an email to a hotel on the island asking if there was anything we could bring them, now thinking we may be asked for a couple of cans of corned beef or the latest Nike trainers this was not a problem, however the email came back with a small list, one queen size and one twin size mattress.

After some phone calls and emails we found a mattress shop, it was some distance away so we caught a bus half way and walked the rest.

Walking through some parts of town tourist don’t normally see.

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After a very hot and long walk we found the shop, purchased the two mattress and set up a delivery date.

Time for a beer. (or 12)

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A couple of days later, goods delivered and time to let the lines go.

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Next stop Christmas Island.

 

Posted June 14, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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Pearl Harbour   3 comments

When in Honolulu there is one place everyone has to visit, the history, the commitment and sacrifices people have gone through to make this place what it is today is amazing, and you should take time out of your day to visit Murphy’s bar.

However, before we did that we spent the day at Pearl Harbour, I’m pretty sure all of you know what happened on the morning of December 7th 1941 so i’m not going to go into details.

For those of you that haven’t been, it’s busy but also very well organised, very sobering and a great deal of dignity shown by everyone there, both visitors and staff.

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Look, these two at it again.

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Onboard the mighty Mo (USS MissouriThe surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the Missouri brought the Second World War to an end and remains one of the most impressive highlights in her illustrious, 50-year career, spanning three wars, and three generations of American fighting men and women.

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For me the last part of our visit was the most poignant and I took a couple of photos to show what I mean. The photo below doesn’t look like much, but what it shows is the saddle, the dip in the range of mountains, this is the point the Japanese fighter pilots flew through, keeping low and avoiding detection.

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This one really sent a shiver up my spine, these are the hanger doors, and the holes, yeah bullet holes.

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Hawaii Five ‘Oh’   1 comment

We spend the day walking around downtown Honolulu when I came across this building.

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Ok I didn’t just find it, I was looking for it, being a big fan of Hawaii Five 0 I just had to get a photo to send back to the family, I took the shot and checked in on Facebook, the funny thing was, Facebook checked me in at Hawai’i 5-0 Headquarters, of course it’s not really 5-0’s headquarters it’s Aliʻiōlani Hale.

Aliʻiōlani Hale located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, currently used as the home of the Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court. It is the former seat of government of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and the Republic of Hawaiʻi.

Located in the building’s courtyard is the famed gold-leaf statue of Kamehameha the Great.

The Aliʻiōlani Hale was designed by Australian Thomas Rowe in an Italian Renaissance Revival as the royal palace for King Kamehameha V. In the Hawaiian language, Aliʻiōlani Hale means “House of Heavenly Kings”. The name “Aliʻiōlani” was also one of the given names of Kamehameha V.

Although the building was designed to be a palace, Kamehameha V realized that the Hawaiian government desperately needed a government building. At that time, the several buildings in Honolulu used by the government were very small and cramped, clearly inadequate for the growing Hawaiian government. Thus, when Kamehameha V ordered construction of Aliʻiōlani Hale, he commissioned it as a government office building instead of a palace.

Kamehameha V laid the cornerstone for the building on February 19, 1872. He died before the building was completed, and it was dedicated in 1874 by one of his successors, King David Kalākaua. At the time, Hawaiian media criticized the building’s extravagant design, suggesting that the building be converted into a palace as originally designed.

Until 1893, the building held most of the executive departments of the Hawaiian government as well as the Hawaiian legislature and courts.

It was from Aliʻiōlani Hale in 1893 that the Committee of Safety, under the leadership of Lorrin A. Thurston, deposed Queen Liliʻuokalani by public proclamation.

After the establishment of the Hawaiian provisional government in 1893 and the Republic of Hawaiʻi in 1894, some of the offices in Aliʻiōlani Hale were moved to ʻPalace Iolani , including the Hawaiian legislature. As a result, Aliʻiolani Hale became primarily a judicial building.

Hawaii Part 2   2 comments

Even though the marina was very nice it was just too far away from anything, so we decided to move, this wasn’t as easy as you might think, Sean was on the radio and e-mailing for ages until we found a berth, folk here like to look after boats that are berthed here permanently but not so much to people passing through, thats the feeling we got. we finally got a berth in town, it was a bit small, but we squeezed in.

Cruising up the coast to Honolulu.

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Approaching the new marina and down town Honolulu.

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If anyone is a fan of the new Hawaii Five-0, they do a lot of the filming around this marina, not while we were here, but I could recognise a few land marks.

This hotel appears a lot in the new series, here’s a shot with my iPhone, came out pretty nice i think.

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Below is the hotel that both Jack Lord and Alex O’Loughlin appear on the top balcony during the opening sequence. This shot taken from the stern of Kapowai.

 

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Posted April 28, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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Hawaii   5 comments

Once checked in at the marine office it was time to explore, 10 minutes later that was complete, there wasn’t a lot around, the marine itself was very nice, new and with good facilities, but a long way from anywhere, ok if you had a car.

Talking of cars, I found this beauty in the car park.

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Further around the bay were four very nice resorts, each with it’s own lagoon.

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These we could swim in, but not the hotel pools, they were for guests only. This is the one I would sneak into.

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Later that first night Sean and I went out for a meal, found a bar with a view, watched the canoes go by with a cold beer.

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Later that night the rain started, it was a downpour like I had never seen before, the barman gave us a poncho each for the walk back to Kapowai, these didn’t make a bit of difference, I found out why the following morning when I found them in my pocket still in their wrapper. Half way back to the boat I remember taking off my Jandals (flip flops) because they were too slippery, as soon as I got them off I ended up on my ar$e, yeah my bare feet were no match for this rain.

This was the scene the following day, just as well as we didn’t feel much like venturing out.

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Arriving Hawaii   Leave a comment

After 11 days at sea we finally arrived in Hawaii, it was a pleasant trip, I was a bit sea sick for a couple of days out of San Diego but soon got my sea legs.

There was not a lot to see on the way, very little wild life, one ship and a large steel pipe floating vertically out of the water, unfortunately I was off shift and didn’t get a photo.

Honolulu in the distance, looks a bit stormy, still a nice sight after days at sea.

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We sailed past Honolulu, past one airport, past another airport until we found our marina, it was a very nice marina but a long way from anywhere.

Kapowai at berth.

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A long walk to dry land, but after only having 60 odd feet to walk around in this was very nice.

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The walk was worth it.

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Posted March 30, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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