Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ho'omaluhia Gardens, Morning of Day 7, O'ahu.

03/23/16 On this day, we visited Ho'omaluhia Gardens, a free garden on the windward side in Kaneohe. It's free and it's fantastic. The 400 acre garden and 32 acre lake was created as a flood protection measure for Kaneohe (steep Ko'olaus mountains funnel lots of rain). Ho'omaluhia means "to make a place of peace and tranquility".

At the Visitor's Center

Starting our hike at the lak
Cacao beans in the garden

Common Waxbill
Red-crested Cardinal
Mitch finally got to see a mongoose in the wild.
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Ohia lehua flower

My Birthday, Bishop Museum, Craft Beer, Chinatown. Day 6, O'ahu.

03/22/16 On my birthday, we visited the Bishop Musuem where we experienced a very nice docent tour. The Bishop Museum is a great natural history museum and I recommend it to anyone visiting Honolulu. Then we enjoyed beer flights and lunch at Honolulu Beerworks. In the late afternoon, we sadly arrived too late to Chinatown to get groceries, they close early. We headed to a grocery store on the way back to our rental and still had a nice home cooked meal. Thanks for the tasty stir fry, Mitch! No birthday cake for my 50th, they sadly had run out of the guava chiffon I was waiting for...but I did have some very nice locally made coconut ice cream. I must have had fun, because I hardly got any photos this day!

The Bishop Museum

A flower in the Bishop Museum's native plants garden

Honolulu Beerworks takes work to get to, but is worth it.

Honolulu Beerworks flight, very good.

Arrived too late to buy in Chinatown

Birthday sunset from our rental in Lanikai