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29.1.13

Oahu : Pearl Harbor



Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor, west of Honolulu. Much of it's a US Navy deep-water naval base, which serves as headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet too. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan at 7:20AM on Sunday, December 7, 1941 brought the United States into World War II.

The most amazing (and destructive) details of the attack remain unseen, even after watching the movie. While Americans looked down on Japan, essentially laughing at anyone speaking of them as potential enemy, they proved themselves smarter, excellent, organized and patient:
- They optimized their torpedos, so they would work even in shallow harbor waters.
- Their wooden fins made torpedos to smoothly flow in the sea after being dropped by a plane.
- They came up with a completely refurbished boat design, to carry planes to Hawaiian waters
- They created radio confusion, silence and noise, till it was too late.

They hit once, where it hurt the most. So I recommend you, after reading this, to go ahead and watch Pearl Harbor again. Focus on the details, on the dialogues, on the risk assessments and their ignorance by high management. There's war out there today, in the shape of the economical downturn.

War teaches us all, how to be more aware, identify risks, opportunities & act accordingly.



There are two memorials, for the boats that sunk during the bombing & became floating tomb for thousands of marines who simply didn't have time to exit the boat before it was too late.



It's not occasional. Hawaii has the rainbow plate for a good reason!

A rainbow is only visible when the sun is low in the sky, the viewer has his back to the sun, and there are water droplets in the air in front. Often, the most ideal conditions are a brief rain shower followed by sunlight. In most of the World, it is during the spring season that rainbows might be seen right after short lasting rain showers. But in Hawaii, the geography is filled with windward mountains that produce daily, brief rain showers. Together with the Tropical Sun, the equation brings an obvious result : Rainbow!!

After smiling at the cute sky that made the submarine fire rainbows… I went into heavy duties!



It was soon time to leave back to Waikiki - in the Oahu Public Bus - and find some dinner at Ala Moana, one of the biggest shopping malls in the world. It's like a huge village of luxury, where Japanese go CRAZY over luxury branded goods.

That's actually the worst about Waikiki. It's ALL ABOUT shopping! They have a trolley bus going around the shopping malls - it's called the PINK LINE.



If you ask me, this is the most ridiculous thing ever. Seriously, do you get into a plane (that costs over 1000€) just to shop luxury in a Pacific Island? The dollar is oh-not-so-cheap-anymore anyway, but if you like shopping… This is the place to be. Waikiki is all about having 1 big beach where you can bath, surf & even see some sea turtle (we got to Stand-Up Paddle with one) if you ever get tired of shopping in those hundred-thousand shopping malls.

Luckily, shopping mall means also restaurants all over the place & even… Salad buffé with my favourite-from-now-on dried blueberries on the greens.



Some beer for my baby.



Some grilled fish for me.



Loco-moco [recipe] the local staple, crazy explosion of calories consisting of:
- Rice
- Fried Egg
- Brown Gravy
- Hamburger



There are many people who claim to have invented Loco Moco, but it is generally agreed that around 1949, either the Cafe 100 or the Lincoln Grill (both in Hilo, Hawaii) originated the first dish of Loco Moco.

The dish was created for teenagers who wanted something different from typical American sandwiches and less time-consuming than Asian food to eat for breakfast. The nickname of the first boy to eat this concoction was Loco (crazy in Portuguese and Hawaiian pidgin). Moco rhymed with loco and sounded great, so Loco Moco became the name of the dish.
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