Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tidbits of Information about Oahu

One of the books I borrowed from the library is Oahu from the Sky. From this book, I came up with a list of some places I would like to see on a counter-clockwise drive around the island of Oahu.

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
Magic Island
Hanauma Bay
Waimanalo Beach
Kualoa (Chinaman’s Hat Island)
Ka’a’wa Valley (where Jurassic Park was filmed)
Waimea Bay
Kolekole Pass
Ko’Olina lagoons
Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden
Pearl Harbor Memorials

We plan to rent a car on Saturday. I'll let you know how the clockwise drive turns out ;)

Another book I borrowed from the library is Oahu Revealed. I have learned a lot of information about Hawaii. Interesting tidbits like islands were possibly discovered when Polynesians followed a mmigratory bird, the golden plover or kolea.

The Nu’uanu Pali lookout on Hwy 61 was actually a battleground.

Getting lei’d at the airport must be prearranged and it costs approximately $22 per person.

Centipedes can be more than six inches and a bite from these monsters can feel like a gunshot.

There are not any snakes on Oahu.

White person is a haole.
A person born here is a local.
A person of Hawaiian ethnicity is a Hawaiian.

The contiguous United States is called the mainland. Never ever are they called “the states,” because Hawaii IS a state.

The Hawaiian language is spoken as an everyday language only on the PRIVATELY-OWNED island of Ni’ihau.

The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.

Waikiki is one square mile with 60,000 hotel rooms. (No wonder I didn’t like it so much.) There’s nothing natural about Waikiki (And again, no wonder I didn’t like it so much!) It was a swamp. In the 1920s, they drained the swamp and now it is Waikiki.

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