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October 30, 2002

Things Not Done

The thread about the film festival reminded me I've not yet seen a single film at one of them, even though some have been tempting. But then, I've been here fourteen years and I've still never:

Sheez, what have I been doing with myself all these years?

Posted by Albert at October 30, 2002 08:13 AM


Posted by Ryan on October 30, 2002 8:41 AM:

That's quite a range of unrealized experiences, Albert, for fourteen years. (I don't think OCCC or Halawa is on anyone else's "To Do" list, though.) The Hawaiian Studies Center doesn't surprise me (I got the feeling, when I was a student, that lots of folks were just afraid of the place), but Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl and Diamond Head does... if anything, because they're (1.) nearby and (2.) free!

Then again, I've lived here my entire life, and I've never been to the Polynesian Cultural Center. I mean, there are probably people in Waukesha, Wisconsin who know that attraction better than I do.

Someday, maybe, we'll have a HawaiiStories Hikes group, and tackle Leahi with you once and for all.

Posted by honukai on October 30, 2002 9:47 AM:

I'm one of those who never visited the Arizona Memorial. Maybe because I don't want to stand around with all those tourist? I mean, I have nothing against tourist, but it's not my idea of how to spend my Saturday morning.

PCC. Been there too many times for a local. Usually had to drag my guests there. Now I just point them in the direction and let them venture on their own...

Just went to the zoo last Sunday for the first time since I was about 10. Not too thrilling except for the chimps.

Posted by Linkmeister on October 30, 2002 10:45 AM:

Well, I worked at Pearl Harbor for a week or so while waiting for a plane to Japan for my permanent duty station back in 1972, but...

My parents were always the tour guides for visitors, so somehow I've never been to the Arizona Memorial, although I've seen the second ship's bell, since it was in the clock tower at the Student Union at the U of Az.

Never made it to much of anything at UH-Manoa, except one of the libraries once or twice.

Posted by Albert on October 30, 2002 12:44 PM:

Once when there were visitors here from England, we went as far as the gate to the Polynesian Cultural Center and unanimously agreed it was absurdly expensive, went to Waimea Falls instead.

But the Zoo? Oh yes, many times. A few years I even bought an annual pass, might do so again. My favorite attraction there: those delighful meerkats.

For an HS event, Ryan? Hmmmm, couldn't we do the luau instead of Leahi? :)

Posted by Ryan on October 30, 2002 12:53 PM:

At one point, we had annual passes to the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and Bishop Museum, and were members of The Contemporary Museum. I never went to TCM, and our Bishop Museum membership lapsed, but the other two — as long as we'd go three or so times a year — were a bargain.

I highly, highly recommend taking the time to visit the Arizona Memorial. It's free, after all. More importantly, even going in with a cynical mindview of a "tourist attraction," you'll find it a very moving, thoughtful experience. (Just go early in the morning. By noon, you'll wait two hours for the movie and ferry.)

Posted by Albert on October 30, 2002 12:55 PM:

Hey, I did notice the ad in today's Weekly, wonder how many new folks it will attract. Any particular reason for not occasionally pushing it on soc.culture.hawaii?

Posted by Ryan on October 30, 2002 1:03 PM:

Any particular reason for not occasionally pushing it on soc.culture.hawaii?

Hmm. Nope, no reason. Apart from my not spending much time there. Plug away!

Posted by Lisa on October 30, 2002 6:38 PM:

I've done about half those things in the past two years.. recently at the Arizona Memorial, though, we had to put up with a baby screaming through the entire video (take it outside already, please) and several cellphones ringing at various points, but thankfully not on the memorial itself.

I mostly tend to get out when I have visitors - I guess when you live someplace, you take it for granted and don't bother doing the touristy stuff. I lived in the Bay Area for awhile, and have never been to Alcatraz, for example.

And I find both Waimea Falls and the PCC too expensive, so I haven't been to either.

Posted by Michael on October 30, 2002 9:51 PM:

The URL will give you an idea of DiamondHead. Pearl Harbor is free, after a busride. As for the rest, "It Depends"[tm]

Posted by Albert on October 31, 2002 7:18 AM:

"Plug away!"

Mission accomplished.

Posted by Tutu Sue on October 31, 2002 9:06 AM:

Hey! I'm here 'cuz of the plug! I'm embarrassed to admit that I lived here for 22 years before I visited Iolani Palace...and my office is walking distance! I've experienced PCC, Waimea Falls Park and the Arizona Memorial only thru my job. I enjoyed all 3, esp. since I got to see and do things that aren't available to the public. While I haven't walked thru the Contemporary Museum I have visited their gift shop which is wonderful. Lots of creative stuff(tm) for my mo'opuna!

So happy to find your new home on the web, Ryan. I'm stuck at home in Makaha, unable to get to work because of the humungous pile up on the H-1. There's even an on-going, scrolling, text advisory on tv. Your site is helping me bide my time!!! Well, it's either that or working from home! You win!

Posted by helen on October 31, 2002 7:44 PM:

Some of the stuff I have been to before but in all honestly it was because I tagged along with some friends that never been there when we was at UH all those years ago.

Posted by NemesisVex on October 31, 2002 8:09 PM:

I have people asking me about Maui, to which I must confess I've never visited the island. I've been to Molokai and Kauai and the Big Island. But never Maui, let alone Lanai, Kaho´olawe or Ni´ihau (natch).

I grew up in Hawai´i, and I never have been to Maui. That's almost up there with living in New York City for nine months and never visiting the Metropolitan Museum.

Posted by honukai on November 1, 2002 1:17 PM:

Here's the attitude, which I shamefully admit am a part of...If these sites are available any ole time for us to visit, what's the hurry?

Posted by macpro on November 1, 2002 9:31 PM:

I lived in Hawaii all of my life and being from the Big Island, I am ashamed to admit I have never been to the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa; living on Oahu, I've never made it to the top of Diamond Head... probably never will since they started charging admission for that place.

Been to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl Memorial Cemetary, luaus, and Bishop Museum.

Haven't been on the U.S.S. Missouri since it became a floating museum, but did go on board in 1991 when she was still on active duty and returning from the Gulf War. It's quite an awesome ship.

I've been on the S.S. Lurline (an old ocean liner) but never on the departed Independence or Constitution (it sank); nor the current Norweigan Star.

Anyone remember riding Hawaiian or Aloha Airline's old prop airplanes? I'm talking DC-6, DC-7, Convair 340/640s, or Vicker's Viscount. Those were fun.

Posted by Ryan on November 2, 2002 10:22 AM:

Hey, Greg, no huhu! I was also born and raised here, and have also never been to Maui. I've been to just about all the others, though. The next Big Interisland Trip we're taking better be to Lanai.

Macpro, I completely forgot about the admission at Diamond Head. (Of course, it was in the same boat as Hanauma Bay.) That's a bummer. It was as "novice" a hike as you could get, with a view that was more than worth it... at least for free.

I forgot about the U.S.S. Missouri. I've mostly been on it for special (non-public tour) events, but it is impressive. Having both that ship and the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is quite meaningful. (Even though I can't help but have visions of Cher prancing about now and then.)

Posted by mitchell on November 2, 2002 6:28 PM:

I'm with Ryan. The USS Arizona Memorial is really a must, and I don't say that about very many things. Okay, I do, but not about very many places.

The movie, all by itself, is good enough, but actually being out on the memorial is sobering. It's really a beautiful memorial.

As for the zoo: Honukai, I'll agree that our zoo is "not too thrilling," but it's my favorite zoo in the whole world. If you're going there to see as many interesting animals as possible, then yeah, it's not much to speak of. But man...it's such a lovely place with such big, open spaces, and on a nice day, I'll bet our zoo is lovelier than any other.

I've been to San Diego, and all I remember, besides getting some great photographs of butterflies, polar bears, and koalas, was wanting to sit down somewhere shady and grassy.

If there's anything the Honolulu Zoo has plenty of, it's shade and grass!

I love the zoo!

Posted by Linkmeister on November 2, 2002 6:39 PM:

Wow, the Lurline! My first trip here was in July '68 on board that ship. 5 days sailing from LA. Trouble was, I was 17 and there weren't too many other folks my age on board.

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