Welcome to the daily recaps from our Oahu trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 11), then photos by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad) with captions by Emily (age 9 (age 8 during the trip)). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps are all done. Enjoy!
Day 5 – Saturday, May 12
– Breakfast from Leonard’s Bakery
– Lunch at Goofy Cafe + Dine
– USS Arizona Memorial Tour at Pearl Harbor
– Dinner from Rainbow Drive-In
Summary by: Melody
Captions by: Emily
Extra comments (in italics) by: Joyce (mom)
Photos by: Joyce (mom) + Norm (dad)
Note: Some links in the post will direct you to our reviews of the places. Links to all related/previous posts are at the bottom of this post.
We had Leonard’s Bakery for breakfast, and then Goofy Cafe and Dine for lunch. It was so good. And then we went to USS Arizona, which sank on December 7, 1941. We watched a documentary on the actual event, showing why it happened, and the history of World War II. Three battleships sank completely: the Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma. Also, we had Rainbow Drive-In for dinner. It was okay. It’s our last day here. One day until Emily’s birthday. She’s going to be nine tomorrow! And also it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow. Love you, Moy fam! Remember that Melody wrote these “journal entries” at the end of each day, so that’s why they’re like journal entries. :p I’m just slow to select and load the photos in the posts.
Breakfast from Leonard’s Bakery
These are the malasadas.
I tried the guava-filled malasada. These were so good. We wish there was an easier way to figure out which flavors were in each one.
Lunch at Goofy Cafe + Dine
We took a walk since there was a little wait to be seated at Goofy Cafe + Dine. This is in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village where we were staying.
This is us in front of the cafe. This is not a big restaurant and the food was definitely good, so make sure to check the least busy time to go or expect a bit of a wait.
So Goofy Cafe + Dine has stuff that’s organic and just from the Hawaiian islands.
The food was definitely fresh and super duper yummy. We will do food/restaurant reviews later, but we highly recommend this restaurant.
USS Arizona Memorial Tour at Pearl Harbor
This is the USS Arizona Memorial but they are fixing it so we couldn’t go on it. We were on the ferry taking pictures. After we got home, I think it was on the news that the memorial is closed indefinitely due to some structural damage and they will be looking for a way to make it safe for visitors.
This is Sadako and the paper cranes. There were lots of cranes and ribbons. There was a really tiny one that Sadako made herself. It was as big as my thumb. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes was required reading for 4th grade for me and our class actually made 1000 cranes to send to Japan to place under Sadako’s statue. If we would have known the ones she made were much smaller, maybe it would have saved on shipping to send them over. :p
That’s all the boats and ships that were destroyed. They had different names. The mainliner ships that were there wer really destroyed. I really enjoyed the movie before the ferry ride. It gave a more complete story to the beginnings and reasons for the actions that were taken. It doesn’t change what happened, but gives a bit of perspective that is not as one-sided.
Dinner from Rainbow Drive-In
This is Rainbow Drive-In. It’s like the fast food in Hawaii.
The corned beef hash with gravy (not in this food pic) was SO good!
Have you been to Oahu before? What were some highlights from the trip? Do you have any travel tips?
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