Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hawaii 2016 - Day 6 (12/8/2016) - Museum Day

It was rainy all day so I was content to make this a museum day.  I had an early lunch at a place close to the hotel called Ruffage Natural Foods, which had plenty of vegetarian options.  After that I took off for the State Capitol Building.  I wasn't able to get into any of the legislative chambers since they were not in session, but I was able to take pictures in the Executive Chamber.

My next stop was the Iolani Palace next door.  Unfortunately, the next available audio tour didn't start until 1:45pm, so I had a little waiting around to do.  Also, during the tour itself my audio player (a repurposed original iPhone or iPhone 3G) ran out of battery power - it was OK, though, since I was close to the end.

After that I drove over to the Bishop Museum, which was a bigger complex than I expected.  I got in for the Island Earth show at the planetarium, which was kind of informative but a little too hokey since it was intended for grade-schoolers.  I will say that the globe projection that they have in the planetarium entrance area is pretty cool, though.  I only had 2 hours at the museum before it closed, which was not nearly enough.

Speaking of stuff that I didn't get to do that I would have liked to, here's a list of things that I'll need to check out next time on the island:
  • Haiku Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven
  • Byodo-In Temple
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
After the museum, I went in search of a vegetarian restaurant.  I tried 2 that were closed despite the Google Maps hours indicating otherwise (one appeared to be a temporary closure, but I'm not sure about the other), before finding Peace Cafe to be open.  After dinner there, I headed back to the hotel to close out my Hawaiian vacation.  Nothing further of note happened before my noon flight to LAX the next day.

Pictures can be found here:

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