Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hawaii - day 4

So it is Sunday in Honolulu and we researched a local church last night to go to this morning but we set the alarm clock wrong and we slept in!! 

So we headed off to the beach down in front of our hotel and the Hilton next door. As we were walking down we could hear this beautiful singing and there on the beach in front of the Hilton was this hawaiian choir singing - it was just beautiful. So we plonked on the beach there and it turns out they have a Church service on the beach each sunday. As we were getting settled all went quiet and then they started singing the US national anthem and then we realised it was September 11. The most amazing thing was all the people hanging out on the beach and swimming in the  water all stopped, faced the flagpole, hands on their hearts and joined in the national anthem. It was really goosebump stuff!!Sorry we didn't take the camera down with us!
After a very refreshing swim - the water is just the right temperature there - we headed back to the hotel, got cleaned up then went to the Bar & Grill in the hotel for lunch, these were some pics of the back deck of the hotel and the restaurant. 


The hotel - we were on the 18th floor - about 6 levels from the top. 


A beautiful setting for lunch....


This is looking into the lobby from the rear, all open and lets the lovely breeze in -


 


 This is the view from the lobby of the rear hotel deck .......full of gorgeous gardens and water features...............




This is the front of the hotel..........







We then headed to the huuuuuge Ala Moana Shopping Centre for yet some more retail therapy! They have the biggest food court we have ever seen there, 

this is just a very small part of it..............but we decided to have dinner at Ruby Tuesday's  - yum!




6 comments:

creativedawn said...

Aloha Anita!
Well, I can see you are having a WONDERFUL time there! The pictures are amazing (of course)!
Keep having fun!!!

hugz
Pam

Diana said...

Loving every bit of seeing n reading about your holiday Anita, great pics, keep sharing.
hugs

Too many eggs said...

wow Anita the hotel looks amazing....How fabulous to experience not only a church service on the beach, but also the american people recognizing the day....a truly special moment i am sure you will never forget

Shiralee Stitches said...

Oh pleased to see you DID hit the beach....wow, and wow again at that hotel....just superb.....but where is everyone hiding, there's no-one around??
A special moment on the beach you will remember....and that food court....no wonder the gym has beckoned you on your return...lol....I am loving this tour of Hawaii with you....bring on day 5...

wackywoman said...

I love being with you on your journey Anita. Thanks for sharing.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Great photos of your trip so far. All such beautiful colours and great weather :) Wish I was there too