I went to a conference in Hawai'i last month. Here is the first batch of photos from that trip. I'll be adding more pictures as I get time. Click on a picture to enlarge.
This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. It was taken in the wonderful Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden. I wish I had more time to hike around here.
O'ahu was much more rural beyond Kane'ohe. I don't know how this store got its name.
The sand crabs are really skittish. They would zip back into their hole at the slightest movement. It took a lot of patience to take this guy's photo at Kualoa Park.
I ate lunch at the shrimp shack. This was the first roadside shrimp stand I saw. It turns out that there were a lot more around the northern tip of the island.
Spicy fried shrimp, rice, local, from Kahuku, sweet corn, and a lilikoi (passion fruit) float. Mmm, it was good. I was instructed to suck the juices off the shrimp, peel, then dip in butter. It was easier to just dip the shrimp and eat them whole.
Took this out of my car but I'm not sure where it was taken. Maybe the Polynesian Cultural Center.
The Van's Triple Crown of Surfing championships were scheduled to be taking place at this beach. As you see from the flags and trees the breeze was blowing out and there were no waves. Bummer for the surfers. Good for me - I went swimming.
Plate lunches are very popular in Honolulu. A plate lunch is typically a selection of meats, rice, and a salad - all served on one plate. The most famous plate lunch, one which I had earlier in the week but didn't have my camera present, is the loco moco. A loco moco consists of rice, macaroni salad, a hamburger patty and brown gravy all topped with a fried egg.
This particular plate lunch consisted of teriyaki beef, grilled chicken, and ahi sashimi with rice and cole slaw.
Deborah, who has an office next to mine at work, used to live in Honolulu. She has fond memories of Bubbies Ice Cream. After eating there I can see why.
My last meal in Hawai'i was this green tea and coconut-caramel ice cream treat at Bubbies. Very tasty!
Just the cleaning people and me. I had a 10pm flight out of Honolulu that arrive in Los Angeles at five in the morning. Not much going at LAX at that hour.
My first stop outside of Honolulu was Hanauma Bay State Underwater Park (this photo is listed last because of an odd TypePad quirk). The bay is an ancient caldera that has coral reefs and lots of reef fish. Unfortunately for me the wind was blowing straight in that morning so the water was unusually rough and murky. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful place.