As Jacq stupidly wandered around in shorts last night she has woken to 5 massive mosquito bites and is not impressed. Regardless, today is the day we decide to hire a car and tour the island more. First stop is the lighthouse where 50 first dates had a memorable scene, obligatory re-enactment - tick! It's a 90 minute hike though and with last night affects still lingering it's not the nicest for Jacq who moans and moans baked in the heat - Matts having a great time though! ;)Wwe get to the top and get our cheesy snap before heading further towards the Magnum PI house.
The house was also used for Hawaii 5 - 0 and has been sold to Barrack Obamas mate for a mere $15million - steal eh!
It's well secluded but we get the odd shot and move onto check out the Kahlua Ranch where Jurrassic Park, 50 first dates and Lost have been filmed. As soon as you arrive your immediately familiar with the mountainous scenery especially with Jurrassic Park in mind ... It's stunning. The coastline is beautiful also with small islands dotted off the shores.
We then head onto the Polynesian cultural centre arriving at 3pm we get a discount on the $49 tickets at $30 each. Matts been looking forward to this hoping for seem real cultural insight. It's an impressive village of sights but immediately it feels more like a theme park of sorts - it has islands spread out representing various Polynesian islands ie Fuji, Tonga and Hawaii but it's all very artificial. Despite it the islands each have native dressed performers some of which are really funny, performing native dances, songs and getting audience interaction. We see a traditional hacka, watch a guy climb a massive coconut tree, learn how to start a fire with coconuts and retrieve the milk as well as learning the basic hula. It includes a canoe ride through the village and ends with a tram ride.
This is not the kind of tram ride we expect at all ... we jump on late oblivious to the fact that the tour is led by two Mormons - sister whatyamacallher and sister whatyamacallit ... they are taking us to their temple. Oh sweet baby Jesus.......
It's too late we're stuck and the tram drops us off and won't be back for half an hour, we are ushered into the temple by smiley Mormons ... The temple is gorgeous but unbelievably indulgent and extravagant ... Much like the contradictive Vatican and we are not at all comfortable as the sisters and brothers keep watching us and smiling amidst the Jesus statues and scriptures. We are respectful for 20 mins and then move on waiting outside by the gate hoping the tram arrives early ... It doesn't of course but we jump on as soon as it does .
We head home, it's too late and dark now to see the north beaches so we stop for a Dominoes dying to see if there's a difference over here - there really is!!! It's sooooo much better!!! Amazing fresh thick dough, so much flavour, really generous toppings and some new suprises. We're in heaven and it's the cure we've needed after last nights antics. Home to bed deciding an early night will work if we can get up around 6am tomorrow to see Pearl Harbour before dropping the car off at 10am