On this trip, we split our time between Oahu and the Big Island, with most of the time spent on Big Island.
It was crowded on Oahu, but one must go visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial:
We hiked to Diamond Head, near Waikiki Beach, the view from Diamond Head is very exceedingly pleasing:
But Big Island is more beautiful and much less crowded, with seemingly breathtaking views at every turn.
And we also saw some wildlife:
But the most unforgettable experience of the trip is the drive to Mauna Kea — some 4205 m or 13796 ft in height. We drove non-stop from sea level to over 13,000 feet, the road seemed to be going up and up with no end in sight … it was unreal.
The view from the top was unparalleled.
And the sunset was simply beautiful beyond words:
But we had to leave Big Island eventually! Back on Oahu, we still had Hanauma Bay to console ourselves with (where we had the best snorkeling of the trip):
Finally, a parting shot of Ala Wai Canal before we left.