Day 2– Pearl Harbor and Pineapples

On the second day, we left at around 9:00 to go to Pearl Harbor, where the Japanese bombed the Americans.  Our GPS took us to the actual military base.  The people there didn’t look surprised at all and told us to look up USS Arizona Memorial instead.  That would apparently take us to the memorial.  On our way there we stopped for fresh donuts at this place called Zippy’s ,  When my mom, dad, brother and I made it to the memorial, we saw someone whose car had been broken into.  That made us hide all the valuables in in different places in our car.  Only cameras and wallets were allowed inside the memorial.  But, the entry was free.  We only had to pay for audio tours. We got to see ral pieces of the ships that had sunk and interviews with survivors.  One thing that I found really shocking was that the night before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Teddy Roosevelt, the president at that time, sent a letter to the Japanese stating that, with the impeding war, they should remain at peace, even if they were to take opposite sides of the war.  It was sent of a little less than 12 hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The place is called the USS Arizona memorial because there is a ferry that will take you to the place where the USS Arizona, one of the American ships that the Japanese sunk, lies today.  It was the biggest ship the Japanese hit and sunk.

You can see the ship, the brown thing under the white building. I did not take this picture.

 

After that, we went to the Dole Plantation.  This plantation is where most of the Dole pineapples grow.  I got to eat a lot of pineapple there .EVERYTHING was pineapple themed.  The Dole Plantation is home to the largest maze as of 2008.  The maze is shaped like a pineapple.  To finish the maze, you haze to find 8 symbols throughout the maze and find your way back. I finished the maze in 1/2 an hour without a map of the maze, which is only 22 minutes more than the record time.  My parents, brother, brother’s friend and his parents took 1 hour to finish and they had a map. After finishing the maze and a tour through the gardens, we ate dinner and headed back to the hotel.

This is the maze from a birds eye point of view.  I did not take this picture.

This is what the front of the plantation looked like.  Again I did not take this picture. But I did take one that looked almost identical to this.

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