|Fantastic Hawaii Island Cruise:
Part 2: More on Island of Oahu
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Warning sign to watch out for falling cannonballs in Foster Botanical Gardens. I heard that all the coconuts on
the coconut palm trees on Waikiki Beach are removed for the safety of tourists.
Fruits of lipstick plant
Majestic Koolau mountains near Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe, Oahu. Hoomaluhia means "to
make a place of peace and tranquility". The serene, quiet setting in this garden is a great place to relax,
recharge your soul and meditate. When here, you forget all sense of time, home seems so far away and your
dreams over take you. When here, you are free...free to roam, free to dream, free to be. It is a nature-lovers
Beautiful male and female Mandarin ducks (鴛鴦 ) in Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu. Wow! This is
the first time experience for me with such rare opportunity to take pictures of such beautiful and colorful
Mandarin ducks (鴛鴦 ).
More beautiful flowers from botanical gardens on the Island of Oahu.
In Hawaii, we often see many wild chickens, or feral chickens or wild red jungle fowl. These wild chickens
seem to have very good and happy life because they are born free and roam free to eat natural food in the
wild. I even saw a wild rooster flew up to a tall tree.
Many doves near the beautiful lake in Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe, Oahu.
Flower of cannonball tree in Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu.
Cannonball fruits on cannonball tree
In Hawaii, we often see many cattle egrets （牛背鷺） on lawns of beach parks chasing and eating insects.
This is quite different from what we usually see in eastern USA where most egrets are wading in shallow water
catching and eating fish.
峰體造型奇特，群峰競秀, 空谷幽長， 宏偉氣勢， 蔚蔚壯觀。
Gorgeous jagged mountain ridges visible from beautiful beach parks, valleys, bays and highways on the
Windward Coast (North Shore) of Oahu.
Many red fish (Koi) in the beautiful lake in Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe, Oahu.
Many waterfowl and doves near the beautiful lake in Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe, Oahu. Kids
enjoy bringing food to feed the fish, ducks and doves near this lake. Incredibly gorgeous and a great place
to spend the day!
There are flowers to smell, neat paths to walk, ducks, doves and fish to feed, fresh air to breathe..
Scenic views of offshore sea arch on one of the five islands and of island seabird sanctuary at La'ie Point on
North Shore of Oahu. This arch was created by nature in ONE day when tsunami punched a hole through the
island in 1946.
Magnificent view of mountains and bay south from La'ie Point.
Mountains and bay viewed from La'ie Point. Enjoy the view while listening to the symphony of crashing waves.
La'ie Point on the Windward/North Shore of Oahu, pure rugged beauty. It is at the eastern end of Naupaka
Street in Laie, HI 96762. It offers breathtaking views of the ocean, Windward coastline and the Ko'olau
mountains. Direction: Off Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 83) at La'ie town via Anemoku Street to end of
Big waves at Sunset Beach on North Shore even in the summer time when we were there on August 17,
Sunset Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii and known for big wave surfing during the winter
season, with waves often between fifteen and twenty feet high. It is home to the Duke Kahanamoku Classic
surfing competition, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing competition, and is occasionally the site of the Quiksilver
Big Wave Invitational. All the surfing contests take place in the winter around December and January, that
being the time of the biggest and best waves for surfing.
This is one of the longest sand beaches in Oahu running two miles in length and 200-300 feet wide.
One of several brightly painted shrimp shacks or shrimp trucks or roadside shrimp stands along Highway 83
near the town of Kahuku when you are driving north on North Shore of Oahu. This area has hundreds of
temperature controlled shrimp farming ponds. Visitors can buy shrimp lunch plates from these shrimp shacks
where freshly cooked shrimp are sold. Their shrimp plates are simple but delicious. Their shrimp is available
with garlic sauce, lemon butter, or a spicy sauce, and their plates are served with two scoops of rice, fresh
pineapple slices, and a green salad.
Aerial view of these hundreds of shrimp farming ponds can be seen at the following website:
A night heron waiting on the edge of a shrimp farming pond probably to try to catch a shrimp.
Another night heron and a long legged bird at the shrimp farming pond.
Many birds want to eat the shrimp too: A white headed duck, two long legged black birds on the grassy
ground of shrimp farming pond. Another night heron is on the water at the edge of the shrimp pond.
I saw this Indian Mongoose at Puu Ualakaa State Park on the mountain in Honolulu. We saw such Indian
Mongoose from time to time when we were touring Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.
The mongoose was introduced into Hawaii in 1883, from India through Jamaica, in a failed effort to control
rat population that were feeding on sugar cane. The thriving mongoose decimated the population of all the
native ground, nesting birds in Hawaii by eating the eggs of such ground nesting birds.
More flowers and tropical plants in Foster Botanical Gardens located at 180 N Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI
96817. The garden is so spacious, beautiful, serene and peaceful in downtown Honolulu. Once you step inside,
the city atmosphere melts away into tranquility. Spend a leisurely afternoon to enjoy nature in here.
One of several artists painting beautiful scenery in Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu. Many trees here
are HUGE and beautiful. A few of these massive "exceptional" trees stand over 10 stories tall! Lots of
variety of plants you don't regularly see with the urban sprawl.
The most spiritually significant tree at Foster Botanical Garden is their Bo tree, a Sacred Fig. Not just any Bo
tree - the Bodhi tree (菩提樹). It was grown from a cutting of the actual Bodhi tree under which Prince
Siddhartha Gautama, in the sixth century B.C., achieved supreme enlightenment to become the Buddha.
There's only a few cutting propagated clones throughout the world. So if there is one thing you see there,
you must see this tree standing directly across from the garden’s main entrance: a huge Bodhi tree — tall
and striking, with a twisting, silvery trunk that reaches into huge spans of leaves; each leaf with a distinctive
heart shape and a long, trailing tail. The bo tree greets you right as you climb the stairs to Foster Botanical
Garden. The location of this Bodhi tree in Foster Botanical Garden can be seen on a map of Foster Botanical
Gardens at the following website:
In 1913, Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Anagarika Dharmapala, took a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi to Hawaii,
where he presented it to his benefactor, Mary Foster – who had funded much Buddhist missionary work. She
planted it in the grounds of her house in Honolulu, by the Nu'uana stream. On her death she left her house
and its grounds to the people of Honolulu, and it became the Foster Botanical Garden. The Bo Tree still
exists, being the oldest in the United States of America. Pictures of this Bodhi Tree at Foster Botanical
Gardens can be seen at the following three websites:
Bodhi tree leaf can be seen at the following website:
There are flowers in there that I have never seen before!
Part of very impressive palm collection in this garden.
A Buddhist temple (觀音廟 Goddess of Mercy) at the entrance to Foster Botanical Garden which is about
0.7 miles north of Chinatown in Honolulu. It is at the intersection of Nu'uanu avenue and Vineyard Boulevard.
The building is enfolded within Foster Botanical Gardens and the view from within is green, green and more
Kuan Yin (觀音) is an abbreviated name for "One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human
World." Women are her primary worshippers, but this goddess also comforts the troubled, the sick,
the lost, the senile and the unfortunate, as well as protects seafarers, farmers and travelers -- just
the deity needed for an immigrant people building a new life far from home.
A view of our cruise ship at Honolulu Harbor ready to start our Hawaii Islands Cruise on August 18. It is the
Pride of America of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).
From the cruise ship, we saw this frigate bird flying in the sky over Honolulu Harbor.
When I was on the lofty Scenic Overlook Platforms at Puu Ualakaa State Park on the mountain, at the top of
Diamond Head Volcanic Crater, and at Nuuanu Pali Lookout on the Island of Oahu, I took not only single frame
picture, but also panoramic pictures by using the Stitch Assist Mode of my camera to take a set of several
pictures covering the wade angle range of the panoramic view, and using the photo editing software tool to
stitch (merge) the set of multiple pictures into a wide angle panoramic picture.
I have uploaded four such panoramic pictures （全景式風光） on the Island of Oahu to my web page at:
Please enjoy such spectacular panoramic views on this web page.
The Honolulu International Airport and Pier 2 of Port of Honolulu are about 6 miles apart. The rental car
companies at Honolulu International Airport do not send the free shuttle buses to the Port of Honolulu. When
we returned our rental car at the Honolulu International Airport on August 18, the rental car agent called a taxi
for us. The taxi came to the rental car office to take us and our big and heavy luggage to Pier 2 in Port of
Honolulu for us to board the cruise ship for our one-week Hawaii Islands Cruse. We had to pay for such taxi
Our Hawaii Island Cruise took us to visit four islands; Oahu, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Kauai. These
four islands are very different and each has different beautiful sceneries and very interesting things for visitors
to enjoy. My six web pages from this Hawaii Island Cruise are:
Part 1: Tour of Island of Oahu
Part 2: More on Tour of Island of Oahu
Part 3: Tour of Maui
Part 4: Tour of Big Island of Hawaii
Part 5: Tour of Kauai
Part 6: Spectacular Panoramic Views in Hawaii
More beautiful birds in Honolulu Zoo