10 Years Later – Memories of Aloha Tower & Waikiki Beach

Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Hawaii

Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Hawaii – this was my home port for about 6 months back in 2003/04.

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.

Not a soul in sight at the Aloha Tower...not at all what it was like when I 'lived' there.

Not a soul in sight at the Aloha Tower…not at all what it was like when I ‘lived’ there.

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.

My hubby taking in Waikiki Beach...where are those eyes looking?! :)

My hubby taking in Waikiki Beach…where are those eyes looking?! 🙂

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…

Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise @ Waikiki Beach...no quite the cruise ship that I lived on but it brought back memories none-the-less.

Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise sailing past surfers waiting for some waves @Waikiki Beach…not quite the cruise ship that I lived on but it brought back memories none-the-less.

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  1. Pingback: Off my Bucket List: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii | westcoastprairiegirl

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