Returning to Hawaii was as awesome as our first visit. Our first stop was Honolulu. Once again we were greeted by the pearl divers diving for coins. There was a band playing and hula girls dancing as we were pulled into port by the tugboat. When we went ashore we were all greeted by Hawaiian women placing lei's around our neck and giving us a kiss on the cheek. We went to the shopping area and looked around for awhile.
Bob was with us so I received a lesson about World War II. This was before there was a Memorial site for the sunken ship, the Arizona. It was the Arizona as it appeared after being sunk on December 7, 1941. We could gaze out to in the harbor and see the shadow of the sunken ship through the clear blue water. There was a small piece of the top of the ship still above water and the oil from the ship rising to the surface in bubbles was clearly visible. I learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a story I'd heard throughout my short life because I was born shortly after that attack. But seeing the results of what I had heard had a more definite impact upon me. When I realized there were many bodies of the men who died in the attack still under the sea, I couldn't help but be affected.
We didn't have a long time before we had to go back on board the Sultan. In the late afternoon we re- boarded, threw our streamers, and watched the band and the hula girls. Some people threw coins to the pearl divers and we watched them dive and retrieve the money. As the tugboat pulled us out of the harbor I threw my lei into the ocean and watched as it floated back towards Honolulu. That was supposed to mean I'd return to the island.