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Old 11th September 2011, 20:31   #1
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Hi there, I had the fortune of spending 2 weeks in Honolulu In July this year. Was at the University of Hawaii at Manoa doing a course and with me were 22 other students from 14 countries. Mostly Asia Pacific region but 4-5 of them were from Honolulu itself so I had great exposure to the island since we were mobile and they had local knowledge. Classes were from 8 am to 4 pm and then we were out, hiking, surfing or checking out Waikiki.
Little background, Ohau is one of 5 islands in the chain where the capital Honolulu is located. The biggest Island is "big Island" which has an active volcano on it. Local inhabitants are Japanese and Polynesians. Unfortunately I had to fly Delhi Newark Los Angeles Honolulu and back the same way. Flying time 26 hrs
Now let the pics talk..
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Newark airport at dawn
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Los Angeles airport
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Waikiki beach from the air, Diamond head crater top left
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Hickham Air Force Base
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Lunalilo freeway
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View from my window at Hale Manoa, University of Hawaii
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The cars belonging to my course mates, note the surf board on our instructors BMW 3 series (17" rims)
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The campus
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More of the campus
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A red crested cardinal Red-crested Cardinal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , taken on a early morning walk on Waialae Avenue

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Another view of Honolulu
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Shopping at the International shopping center in Waikiki, looks a bit like Calangute, Goa. This place is expensive, walk 1/2 km around and prices are more real.
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King Kamehamena, one of the last monarchs before US took over this place. His palace in the background.
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A road crossing, people are so patient here. No honking at all.
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Merc with surf boards
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Cycle with surf boards, These boards are quite heavy and lugging them around is painful
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Waikiki Beach
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Youngsters have a lot of fun here.
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There are quite a few homeless folks around in Honolulu. here is one with all his possessions in a strolly. In China town saw a whole line of similar folk waiting for a freehouse to open in the evening.

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Another view of Waikiki beach
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Ferrari showroom on Kalakaua Av. A lot of Ferrari products incl this F1 model
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This is the fun here. Almost everybody takes to surfing, I tried my hand and it was not too difficult to manage for a few seconds before I tumbled off, felt like I was in a washing machine.
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The USS Missouri restored and a museum now. worth a visit.
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Almost all evenings groups of performers do their stuff on Waikiki.
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Early morning hike to a hill in Waimanalo about 30 miles from our place. In the background is the marine base of Kaneohe Bay
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Back from the hike on Pali Highway
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The weather here is fantastic, cool, not humid and occasional shower. The closer to the hills on the East more rain, away from the hills and it is dry. Throughout the year.

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The last set of pics.
Few things I observed on the driving there. Fantastic discipline lane, speed, parking all rules observed, with patience.
Honda Fit quite common, corolla very common, Prius common, Petrol is the fuel of most vehicles incl bigger SUV types.
Single driver (occupant) vehicles are so common, they encourage sharing of vehicles by making left most lane (fast lane) ONLY for cars with more than 1 occupant.
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Dusk view of East Honolulu with Diamond head volcano in the middle
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Waikiki shot from the top of Diamond head
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This was at LA when my friend picked me up on his 1996 S420 and boy was it in a great shape.
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And finally a panorama of Dole plantation where pineapples are grown.
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line to the Travelogues Forum. Thanks for sharing!
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GoanDude,

My Jaws hit the floor.
You have represented the place through pictures quite beautifully.

Thanks for sharing.
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This is the first TL of Hawaii on t-bhp and man this is amazing. Hawaii is one place I want to visit before I RIP.

Have more pics buddy ?

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GoanDude,

My Jaws hit the floor.
You have represented the place through pictures quite beautifully.

Thanks for sharing.
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This is the first TL of Hawaii on t-bhp and man this is amazing. Hawaii is one place I want to visit before I RIP.

Have more pics buddy ?


Cheers,
Rajesh
Thanks guys, it surely merits a visit BUT it is expensive, more than US mainland and Waikiki more than the rest of Hawaii. 95% of their stuff comes by sea. Fuel is almost the same cost as mainland.
Surprisingly, all hotels except 1/2 are located in Waikiki only.
Rajesh I have loads of pics but I put up the most representative of the lot. a video of a drive through the Pali tunnel is in store.

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absolutely fantastic pics. Thanks for sharing.

BTW, what was the course that you completed at this place?
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absolutely fantastic pics. Thanks for sharing.

BTW, what was the course that you completed at this place?

Yes, even I would like to attend the course
BTW was there anything else on the course apart from brilliant photography and sight seeing ?
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Goandude: You are one lucky fellow to get to study in Hawaii. What course was it, that you undertook? .
Lovely pictures, thanks a lot for sharing these. If you do have more pics, please do upload them.
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absolutely fantastic pics. Thanks for sharing.

BTW, what was the course that you completed at this place?
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Yes, even I would like to attend the course
BTW was there anything else on the course apart from brilliant photography and sight seeing ?
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Goandude: You are one lucky fellow to get to study in Hawaii. What course was it, that you undertook? .
Lovely pictures, thanks a lot for sharing these. If you do have more pics, please do upload them.
Thanks guys. FYI camera Panny FZ 35 with CPL filter, making the blue sky more saturated. Sorry for the delay as I was out of town with data card only. Here are some more pics. The course was "health emergencies in large populations" dealing with health issues related to displaced people and refugees.
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aerial view of Pearl Harbor
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The central business district. Surprised? Hawaii has its own bank and airline, so there is more to it than tourism.
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A statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Waikiki
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Perennial rainfall in the western hills results in tropical rainforest and waterfalls.
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Typical housing in Hawaii, here the residents were mostly Japanese.
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I like this pic. . one can hire a 18' board for about $10 for 2 hours.
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Take this to go around Waikiki.
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The Arizona memorial built over the sunken ship. you can see part of a turret above water. Oil is still leaking from a tank and drops of oil surface regularly.
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Self explanatory
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Good pictures.Thanks for sharing.
Is there any active volcano in Hawaii.
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you are welcome. There are two active volcanoes in "big island" and volcano tourism is a big thing there. Kilauea and Mauna Loa are the names of the volcanoes. BTW Hawaian language has only 14 alphabets and of them 5 are vowels so each vowel is pronounced separately, like this kila-oo-e-ah and ma-oo-na l-oo-ah
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W.O.W

Excellent Travelogue!!! You did well by getting the picture do the talking Needless to say, you have amazing photography skills.
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