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|Found a Gold Ring (standard:travel stories, 1454 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Oct 30 2010||Views/Reads: 1599/968||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story on travel to Hawaii on vacation|
Found a Gold Ring By Subba Rao Waikiki beach, read so much about it, for so long, I am here now, thought Juggernaut stepping onto the beach. The fine white sand was soft to walk on but the water was cold, true it was January but in Hawaii, with air temperatures in 80's, one would expect tolerable water temperature, not so. Nevertheless, he got into water; the bottom is littered with volcanic rocks of all sizes, some with sharp edges. He placed his steps carefully in the water to avoid stepping on sharp stones. In contrast to Jamaican beaches, Waikiki beach was a wash. In the evening hours, Waikiki was like walking on the strip in Las Vegas; glittering shops, fantastic high-end malls, expensive restaurants and scores of gift stores. With over 80% of the visitors from the Far East, it was almost like visiting a country in Far East. A walk to the Diamond Head State Monument was challenging. But once reached to the top, the view of Waikiki beach was spectacular. As a bonus, met with Mr. Balaji, a Bengali Babu employed with Parks and Recreation Department. Twice a week Mr. Balaji climbs to the top, a strenuous walk of over 45 minutes, a combination of rough road and steep steps through tunnels. Once reached, he sits there comfortably to greet the visitors that make to the top. Kind of roughing it out, just twice a week, he said. Not bad at all thought Juggernaut and took a photo op with him. A visit to Boyodo-In Buddhist temple at Valley of Temples Memorial Park was a beautiful experience. Inside the Boyodo-In Temple is a nineteen-foot Lotus Buddha. It is the largest wooden Buddha carved in over 900 years and is covered in gold and lacquer. Beside the temple is a 5-foot, three-ton brass Peace Bell. The deep tone of the bell sounds a message of calm and peace. There are several ponds full of colorful fish and doves that can be fed from palm of a hand. The most obvious site nobody will miss to visit was Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. After the visit, one can understand the anguish Americans felt when over 3000 sailors died suddenly without a chance to fight bravely with the enemy. A walk through submarine exhibit was also interesting. A drive on Kalanianaole Highway on southeast coast of Oahu was an opportunity to see the best beaches and panoramic coast line. One can have an inexpensive lunch at one of the roadside café on Kalanianaole. A scenic drive reaches Pali Lookout to view beautiful valley from the top. Staying at Hilo on Big Island was a true Hawaiian experience since majority of natives live in Hilo whereas Kuna coast caters mostly tourists with golf courses and shopping malls. Over 100 inches of rain at Hilo makes it a tropical rain forest environment. Tropical flower trees Hibiscus and bougainvilleas of all colors line the streets. Large Banyan trees are abundant around Liliuokalani Park; apparently Banyan tree was introduced into Hilo from India long time ago. While walking in Liliuokalani Park adjacent to the hotel, Juggernaut met Mr. Dey. “Are you from India,” asked a distinguished looking man walking along with his wife and a humongous dog. “Yes, we are,” replied Juggernaut. After introductions and small talk, it was understood that Mr. Dey was originally from Bengal in India, after working over three decades with a battery making company in Boston, he came to Hilo to spend his rest of his life. “May be you can spare a long lasting lithium battery for my camcorder,” joked Juggernaut. “Well, I don't have a battery with me now but I have over 60 patents in lithium battery technology, you know,” replied Mr. Dey. The couple after spending several years at Cape Cod after retirement came down to Hilo to join their daughter working for a medical facility. Juggernaut departed Mr. and Mrs. Dev with their dog and continued his walk in the park while his wife was photographing everything living and nonliving. A visit to Volcanic National Park was a memorable experience Click here to read the rest of this story (70 more lines)
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