From Waikiki to Wailea: Oahu Part 1

Even though we got off to a rough start, the rest of our time in Oahu went off without a hitch. Waking up in paradise every day definitely helped! With less than a week to spend in Oahu, we wanted to explore as much as we could so our days were packed full of activities. We both had things we were looking forward to: Mr. Warbs really wanted to go to Pearl Harbor and I really wanted to go on a LOST tour. Completely different right? We were able to do both and then some!

Pearl Harbor and USS Missouri

Everybody always says if you ever go to Oahu, you just have to visit Pearl Harbor. It’s true. Once you get to the USS Arizona, there’s just a change in the atmosphere. Reverence probably is the closest word I can use to describe looking at all the names on the wall. Reverence and humility.


You can’t bring anything except a camera into the memorial. No exceptions!




A shot of oil leaking from parts of the USS Arizona that they couldn’t get to.


The anchor behind us was blown off the Arizona and landed 200 yard away.

I think we took more than 100 photos on the USS Missouri alone. Mr. Warbs and I really explored every available inch of the ship. I slammed my shin on a metal ladder going below deck. I like to think a little part of me is still on board!





We were able to book a tour that included Pearl Harbor, USS Missouri and the other attractions at Ford Island and a city tour. Our fantastic tour guide gave us great tips on places to eat and where to shop. The whole tour lasted 6 hours! We had just enough energy to grab dinner before crashing back at the hotel. But it was a very fun day.


Like I mentioned above, the thing I was looking forward to most was the LOST tour. I was a huge fan of the show and cried real tears (I’m not a cryer) when the show ended. So I had big expectations for the whole experience, which unfortunately were not met. Damn, that was a high maintenance sentence wasn’t it? My expectations were probably unfair because the show did end two years ago. Even though we got to see the locations where the show was filmed, most of the sets were no longer up so it was kind of bittersweet.



Chinaman’s hat—not shown in LOST










Me making my “meh” face.

Was the tour fun? Absolutely. All of the sites were cool and the views were amazing. But, I think I would have enjoyed myself if I could have seen the sites while filming was still going on. Obviously. So in my opinion, if you’re going on the tour, go for the scenery and don’t place too much stock in recognizing all of the show sites.

Up next, more fun in Oahu!


Mrs. Warbler

Long Beach/Malibu
Wedding Date:
April 2012
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    Mrs. Sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:25 am

    Pearl Harbor is def on my bucket list. It amazes me that oil is still leaking after all these years. I think battleship tours are fascinating too. It’s fun to learn a little something now and then! Looking forward to part II!

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    starrynight 896 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    I’d love to visit the memorial, and as a military wife, I greatly appreciate the sacrifice, but with their “no bag” rule, I guess I’ll be skipping it. Having to pay money to store your purse (that probably 90% of women carry) just seems wrong to me.

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:38 pm

    I definitely want to visit Pearl Harbor, it sounds like a great experience!

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    LilJLarson, Guest @ 1:37 pm

    Pearl Harbor looks amazing and what a tribute to those who fought for our country. I guess I see it differently then @starrynight… I will be more then willing to leave the purse at a hotel or pay the small amount of money to stash it. What a small sacrifice/price to pay to visit a place of such remembrance and American history…

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    Mrs. High Wire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:32 pm

    I had an uglier, more massive cry during the end of LOST than I did at my wedding. Sobbing in my then-boyfriend’s-now-husband’s arms while we had a room full of people over for the finale party. True story.

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    Alex Cortez, Guest @ 1:23 am

    Looking forward to hearing about your visit to Wailea! Definitely a different setting than Oahu – for better or for worse, you can be the judge of that.

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    Mrs. Warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 11:34 am

    @Mrs. Sunhat: I know! When Mr. Warbs told me that the oil was still leaking, I thought he was teasing me. It’s incredible.@starrynight: Honestly, I didn’t carry a purse for any of the tours that we went on. I carried my necessities like cash, IDs, credit cards, lipstick in my pockets. And sometimes in Mr. Warbs’ pockets! :) It felt great not to carry around my huge purse everywhere.
    @Mrs. High Wire: Hahaha me too! I didn’t cry at my wedding, but I cried for the LOST finale. Just realizing this. WOW.
    @Alex Cortez: Completely different! Stay tuned :)

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:03 pm

    Oooh are you able to tell me what tour company you did the Pearl Harbor and USS Missouri tour through? We are going to Oahu for our honeymoon in November and we do want a good tour for that too! I love your photos Mrs Warbler!

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    Mrs. Warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 5:32 pm

    @Jacofblues: We went with Discover Hawaii Tours and we got the Battleships of World War II Tour. It was tons of fun and not as long as the other tours. I would highly recommend it!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:36 pm

    @Mrs. Warbler: Awesome thanks Mrs Warbler! I have written that down so when we get there I know where to book with!

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