Today we started out by visiting Pearl Harbor. We started out a little late and heard that there could be long lines so we weren't counting on getting on a boat. But, as soon as we walked up we got a ticket to start the program! We watched a documentary on the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was very interesting and very educational. Then we boarded the boat for the Memorial. The entire program lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes and I would guess we were there for about 1 hour and 30 minutes total so we still had the entire afternoon left!
After we left Pearl Harbor it was time for lunch so we drove over to the NEX (Naval Exchange) on Pearl Harbor. It was HUGE! Think of a big 2-story department store with Wal-Mart inside. There was a food court and they also put the commissary in the same building. Talk about one-stop shopping! We looked around but ended up only buying the Hawaiian Host candies that we absolutely love.
Then we decided to take a nice drive through the mountains and then down the coastline. The view absolutely breath taking when we left the tunnel on the other side of the island. We found Bellows Air Force Station which has a nice little campground, cabins, and a really nice beach. It was not very crowded at all and absolutely beautiful. We walked around on the soft sand and got our feet wet. I think we are actually going to go to a beach tomorrow because it would be pretty sad if we left Hawaii without ever really experiencing the beach.
(Some of these pictures were taken out the window of a moving car so they aren't that great)
After we left Bellows, we continued driving the coastline and stopped at some lookouts to take pictures. We stopped at the Blow Hole and actually got a video of the water blowing out of the rocks! We were both ready to call it a day after that so we headed back to the hotel to do some laundry and eat dinner.