The Pride of America - on deck
Sailing from Hilo
Presented by the dining room after I had mentioned that I had completed my quest to visit all of the US National Parks.
Anchored off Kailua-Kona on the Big Island
The ship, and the tender ferrying passengers ashore
Along the Kailua Bay waterfront
Hulihe'e Palace. A onetime vacation residence of Hawaiian royalty, now a museum housing exhibits from the days of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
This area is where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii, and also where he was killed when he returned.
Restoration of Kikiʻau Heiau, a temple site on Kealekakua Bay where rites in honor of the god Lono were performed.
The heiau was also the site of the first Christian rite held in Hawaii ... a burial service for a member of Captain Cook's crew.
Panorama of the bay
The Captain Cook Monument is the obelisk in the center on the far side of the bay.
Steve, in a touristy hat
Mokuʻaikaua Church in Kailua
The water side of the Mokuʻaikua Church is seen from the cruise ship.
Looking down on the tender from aboard the Pride of America.
Waimea Canyon, also known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", is located on the west side of the island of Kauaʻi.
Rainbow over Waimea Canyon at Kalalau Lookout
The sign points eastward to Mount Waiʻaleʻale, one of the rainiest spots on earth (average annual rainfall 451 inches)
View toward the Na Pali Coast looking down Kalalau Valley
Views from Puʻu Hinahina lookout
Description of Niʻihau island
A view of Niʻihau, with the little offshore island of Lehua to the right
The Kilohana Plantation Railway, near Lihuʻe in southeast Kauaʻi
The mansion at Kilohana, former home of sugar baron Gaylord Parke Wilcox.
The train tour takes you through the plantation's pastures and farm ares
There is a stop to feed the pigs
Riding through a cane field
Touring the Wailua River on a Smith's Boat
Docked at the Fern Grotto
Some scenes at the Fern Grotto
The "Spouting Horn" blowhole, near Poʻipu, on Kauaʻi's south coast
Kalapaki Beach, on Lihuʻe's shoreline
Lighthouse on Ninini Point, Nawiliwli Bay - leaving Kauaʻi
Toward sunset, the Pride of America sailed along Kauaʻi's rugged Na Pali Coast
Several waterfalls can be seen along the Na Pali Coast
What looks like a face in the rock
A room at the Hotel Lanaʻi in Lanaʻi City
Veranda of the Hotel Lanaʻi
Some scenes in Lanaʻi City
Pineapples at the Lanaʻi information center
Along the Polihua Road
The Garden of the Gods on Lanaʻi, an area of unusual rock formations.
Looking north toward Molokaʻi
Bromeliads, back in town
A ride around the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay
Shipwreck Beach, on Lanaʻi's north shore
The wreck is a World War II concrete tanker
Manele boat harbor
Expeditions ferry to Maui
The little rock to the left is Puʻu Pehe or "Sweetheart Rock"
Lahaina, Maui (on arrival of ferry)
Just a quick stop in Lahaina between ferries
Scenes in Lahaina's harbor
Hotel Molokaʻi, on the island's south shore
Around Twenty Mile Beach along the Kamehameha Highway
... where we had a little car trouble.
Halawa Bay, at the east end of Molokaʻi
Looking up the Halawa Valley
Seaward view from the road at Halawa
A view returning westward along the road
Palaʻau State Park, on Molokaʻi's north shore
Overlooking the Kalaupapa Peninsula
Kauleonanahoa (phallic stone)
Stables of the Molokai Mule Ride
Transportation to Kalaupapa
Some scenes along the trail
Arriving in Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa Peninsula is an isolated area surrounded by high cliffs on one side and the sea on the other. When leprosy broke out in Hawaii in the mid-19th century, the kingdom exiled patients to this location with no social services.
The peninsula is now an historical park but some one-time patients still make their homes there, so visitors need permission to come, which one obtains by signing up for the tour.
Fuesaina's Bar, a place of refreshment
A bit of humor
A Belgian priest, Father Damien, arrived in Kalaupapa in 1873 and worked to build a community and improve conditions. He contracted leprosy (Hansen's disease) himself and died of it in 1889. Here stands a monument to him.
Mother Marianne Cope arrived at Kalaupapa in 1889 and took over administration of schools in the settlement after Fr. Damien's death.
Ruins of the original hospital at Kalaupapa
St. Francis Church
St. Philomena Church was the original Catholic church on Kalaupapa, at Kalawao, the original settlement. The old section (on left) was built in 1872 and the structure was expanded twice. (Finished 1889)
Interior of St. Philomena Church
The cemetery at St. Philomena's and Father Damien's original gravesite.
The bus used by the Kalaupapa tour operator.
Picnic site; lunch provided on the tour
View at Kalawao
Downtown Kaunakakai, the main town on Molokaʻi.
Having returned by ferry to Maui - this is Banyan Tree Square, occupied by America's largest banyan tree. Planted in 1873, its branches now take up almost an acre.
The wharf at Lahaina
Old Lahaina Court House
Ruins of a fort that stood near the court house.
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Lahaina
Holy Innocents altar
Note the church sides are open to the air
Looking mauka (mountainwards) from Lahaina
A final look at a beach in Hawaii before heading home. South of Lahaina town.