Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oahu - North Shore

One of the most memorable things about this trip was the time we spent on the north shore of Oahu. Part of the reason why we waited to travel to Oahu until the very last part of our visit in Hawaii is so that we could attend the Laie temple open house.

Emilia was really thrilled about going into it and when she saw it for the first time she asked if we were entering into a castle.

The temple is next to the BYU Hawaii campus. I thought it was neat how most of the people hosting and guiding the tour were young adults students.

There's been a lot of excitement and anticipation about the temple re-dedication the entire time we've been here. I felt privileged to share in the joy with the local church members who were able to visit the temple with us.

During our drive up to Laie we were able to bask in the beauty and learn more about the history of the island. Similarly to the Napali coast, the rugged mountain side has been carved over the centuries by seasonal waterfalls leaving very steep cliffs.

Probably the most commonly known event in the history of Hawaii is the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  The Navy airbase at Kanehone  Bay (top left) was the first target of the attack. In order to protect their planes from Japanese air bombings the military began hiding them under trees on private property. How scary it must have felt to be at war in their home land.