28.10.2008 - 01.11.2008 30 °C
We both spent the journey from Lima to Hawaii making emergency dashes to the toilet. Fortunately our stopover hotels in Lima and Los Angeles were a better place to have an upset stomach rather than in the Jungle and it didn't interfere with our trip.
We have a lovely hotel and restaurant right on the beach at the quiet end of Waikiki. (Romantica!)
Stomach troubles aside, we are both struggling with the portion size of the meals here. On our first morning we ordered pancakes, when they arrived there were three pancakes the size of the whole plate (or an Amazon moth). Between us both we wouldn't have made it through one portion. We quckly learned to share.
Our first trip in Hawaii was to Pearl Harbour to see the sunken Arizona and a tour around the Missouri battle ship. Both very moving and lots of history.
The next day we hired a car and drove around the coast up to the north shore of Oahu. We stopped at all of the points of interest and lookouts and also some of the locations where they have filmed LOST. We found the nose section of the plane, but it was completely covered - boo! We also trekked up to the top of Waimea Valley to the waterfall at the top (where Kate & Sawyer found the Halliburton case).
It was Haloween and we were impressed by the effort these Americans put into their costumes (although some of them just use it as an excuse to dress up kinky).
After the dissapointment of the nose section being hidden, we were delighted when we stumbled across the prop storage at the back of the Hawaii film studios the next day. We were on our way back from our trek to Diamond Head Crater when Vicki noticed a red telephone box in a yard. As we looked closer Gary spotted the Santa Rosa Mental Heath Institute sign (...and nearly wet his pants!). We could also see some seats from the plane, the hatch, the bars that made up the dome computer room and the frozen donkey wheel and much more! (this probably will not mean much to most of you but it will to people who watch LOST).
A guy saw us looking and told us where they were filming that day, so we hopped on a bus to Honolulu and watched as they filmed a car chase scene.