|Part of the very long line for Asato Family Shop, the nondescript shop is behind the car|
Today was a picture perfect day in Honolulu-the temperature ranged from 72 to 78 degrees, and it was not very humid. The day began with walking 2 miles on the Promenade Deck, and then a short workout on the upper body strength machines. We have a self-guided walking tour in Honolulu planned, so we wanted to get an early start on that!
Breakfast was in the Marketplace (Lido Deck Buffet) – the first of the cruise. We both had a cooked to order omelet and fruit. Lucky cooked the omelets and they were some of the best we’ve ever had in The Marketplace. Back to the room to get our gear and set out to walk in Honolulu.
We have been to Honolulu a number of times and been to the usual spots – Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, North Shore, Polynesian Cultural Center, Byodo-In Temple, etc. Julie had planned a walking tour for our Honolulu stop on January-April 2019 World Cruise. Unfortunately, we had to cancel that trip at the very, very last minute due to Bob's health issue. We decided to use the same plan that we would have used a year ago. The only unfortunate thing is that today is Sunday and nearly all of the sights we would have toured were not open today. We started our walk from Pier 10 (Aloha Tower) where we are docked.
|Shoreside view of the Aloha Tower.|
Kawaiaho Church-this was the first Christian Church in Hawaii, and a service being conducted in Hawaiian was being conducted when we arrived. It is constructed of 14,000 coral blocks quarried from the reefs around the island.
The Hawaiian Mission Houses-missionaries arrived in 1820 and were well-accepted by the inhabitants. King Kamehameha III granted the missionaries land to build the church and housing. They built a complex of dwellings, including a white frame house that was pre-cut in Boston, shipped around Cape Horn and assembled in 1821.
|The white frame house from Boston is on the left.|
On the grounds were some cool trees.
Hawaii State Capitol building was just across the street from the palace.
The Korean and Vietnam Memorials-the name of a lost Hawaiian serviceman is inscribed on each “step”
Washington Place-the former home of Queen Liliuokalani. It's been the official residence of the governor of Hawaii since 1921.
Foster Botanical Garden-this venue was open and we were able to tour the garden featuring 4,000 species. Here are some incredible pictures of the flora in the garden.
|Look at the size of this tree! The sap was originally used for Chiclets gum.|
|The cannonball tree (yes, those pods are the size of cannonballs).|
We visited Chinatown - this was a busy place on a Sunday! With many shopping in the open market. We ended the tour with a visit to the observation deck of the Aloha Tower.
|Princess Star in port with us.|
|Cool view of the Symphony|
We returned in time to catch the end of the Tennessee and Kansas City NFL Conference Championship games and all of the Green Bay vs San Francisco game. They were showing the playoff games in the Hollywood Theater and it was also on the stateroom TVs. Julie is a Green Bay Packer shareholder, so it’s obvious who we were cheering on! Alas, the outcome was not what we had hoped for, but it sure looks like the Super Bowl is going to be great game.
Pre-dinner drinks were in the Silk Bar on Deck 11. The view of Honolulu was magnificent (and our reason for choosing that venue). Dinner was in the Churrascaria. It is a Brazilian style steakhouse and seems to be quite controversial with the Crystal regulars. Some like it, some think it is way too much meat. We quite enjoy it and think that we have figured out how to eat there. We both made large salads from the extensive salad bar and then had our meat courses. Julie had 3 prawns and 1 small beef short rib to taste, while Bob had several of the different meats. We’ve learned which offerings we enjoy and only take those. Interestingly enough, the woman at the next table was a vegetarian and loves the Churrascaria. She makes a large salad and then enjoys some of the side dishes. Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple was our dessert, which we love. No pictures, but here is the menu.
We walked 25,177 steps, 10.7 miles.