Back in February 2003, I started one of my greatest adventures…working on a cruise ship. Hawaii has held a special place in my memory for the past 10 years. I flew to Honolulu to begin my life living on the seas.
I remember arriving a day early and walking Waikiki Beach, enjoying the sunset. I remember our home port at Aloha Towers. I remember the first time I walked the gangway, onto the ship. I remember the hustle and bustle of crew and passengers.
Ten years later, I am back. This time, with my husband. I got quite emotional seeing my old “stomping grounds”. Happy memories. But also sadness kicked in when I saw how things have changed. Aloha Towers is now a skeleton of what it once was. Restaurants and shops are closed down. It’s looking rundown like its best years have pasted. I was sad that Armando wasn’t able to see what I experienced and saw while ‘living’ there.
But, I was super excited that I was on the island of Oahu as a tourist now. There were many things I did not get to see or experience during my ship days because there was just no time to explore. Now, Armando and I had 9 days there and a car! I was going to get to see Oahu and one of my dream places to see…the North Shore! Stay tuned for a picture diary of some of the highlights…