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
Kualoa (Chinaman’s Hat Island)
Ka’a’wa Valley (where Jurassic Park was filmed)
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.