Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hawaii Five-O

If you saw Halona Beach Cove in Honolulu, Hawaii, would you think it seemed familiar?

If I told you it was famous, would you know why?

I'll admit that I had no idea.  But once I was told what took place there, I immediately knew.

It was the place where Burt Lancaster and Debra Kerr did this:

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It's one of the most recognizable movie scenes of all time.  The movie was From Here To Eternity. The year was 1953.  And from what I've heard, this scene was scandalous.

From "Shot on location (including a three-week shoot in Hawaii's Schofield Barracks), this film was a monumental award winner - its thirteen nominations won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash), Best B/W Cinematography (Burnett Guffey), Best Sound Recording, and Best Film Editing. It won the most Academy Awards for any picture since Gone With The Wind (1939)(Its other five nominations were: Best Actor (Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster, who split the votes), Best Actress (Deborah Kerr), Best Scoring, and Best B/W Costume Design."

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We had two days on Oahu.  The first day we did Pearl Harbor and the Mighty Mo.  The second day we did a circle tour of the island with lunch at the Polynesian Cultural Center. 

Halona Beach Cove, where the From Here To Eternity Beach is and where the Halona Blowhole is also located, was the first stop on the circle tour around Oahu. Continuing on, our island tour took us past the palm tree lined south shore.

And alongside Waimanalo and Kailua Bays.  I think Oahu is my favorite of the four islands we visited.
Then we made a quick stop at the Byodo-In Temple, where Ed charmed the birds (4 in one hand, two in the other) and we marveled at the hundreds of Koi swimming in the ponds on the temple grounds.
Then we headed to the North Shore, where the famous Bonzai Pipeline is.  There were waves and surfers.

After that, we stopped at the Dole Pineapple Plantation for a little shopping and a cup of their famous Dole Whip - a dairy-free pineapple sorbet that comes out of a machine like soft-serve ice cream, topped with pineapple chunks and shaved coconut.  Dole-licious!
And once done with the refreshing pineapple treat (see how happy Ed is?), we headed through the Koolau Mountains, stopping at a scenic lookout along to way to get one last picture of the coastline, before we headed back into Waikiki.

We had a great time on Oahu.  The scenery was gorgeous - and this is without the famous colorful flowers everyone talks about - and I would love to go back and some real time on the beaches, exploring the North Shore, and visiting the famous hotels and strips of sand in Waikiki.  

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2014: I Like Big Boteros And I Cannot Lie
2013: The Young Never Have Trouble Screwing
2012: Making Tracks Across The Country
2011: Eddie Is The King Of The Dome
2010: Do It For Half An Hour A Day
2009: Sipping In Nyack
2008: The Tink Tink Tinkle Of Recycling
2007: Ralph’s Service Station
2006: The Isle Of Capri
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

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