Pearl Harbour – USS Bowfin

Mark and I had a trip to Pearl Harbour Historic sites. after checking in the first visit was to the USS Bowfin, a WW II submarine.


To the left of this photograph is a memorial to all the US Navy submarines and submariners lost in action during WW II. There was  an engraved stone for each submarine and another for those lost individually (where the submarine itself was not lost). Very brave men who had a huge impact on the war with Japan and to see, in a physical form, the losses they endured was striking.

Forward torpedo room.


Instrumentation and controls in the Control Room


Looking up through a hatch in the control room to the periscope housings


The initial feeling was how spacious the whole submarine was but missing was the 85 odd crew members, their personnel effects and the stores required for their voyage.

Once you think about that plus the smells associated with the crowding, bilges, rotting stores, fuel and unwashed bodies you start to appreciate the difficult conditions the crews endured.

The galley.


Looking aft through the machinery spaces


The memorial to the left with USS Bowfin





Ala Wai Harbour

Ala Wai is close to Waikiki beach and an easy bus ride to down town Honolulu. Big shopping centres plus all the highlights of Waikiki an easy walking distance.

Sunset the first night.


The swimming lagoon next door


The beach, not too far to walk


The neighbourhood


New apartments in this area sell for $1M for 1200 sq ft and there is a queue for each one.

Passage to Honolulu

Ko Olina was restful but logistically a problem, especially as we didn’t have a car. So after loads of phone calls we found a slip at Ala Wai Harbour, Waikiki Beach. I’ve always been told that God looks after little children and drunken sailors, they were right because finding a berth at Ala Wai is an act of God.

The channel at Ko Olina, this is also a commercial port.


Approaching Honolulu, channel buoys in sight.


Waikiki Beach and surfers to starboard


Ko Olina

Ko Olina is a resort area on the west coast of Ohau. It has several time share / hotels in a line along the coast. Lovely swimming lagoons which are open to the public during daylight hours and some restaurants nearby.


The water temperature was just right, invigorating but warm enough to stay in for some time. Sandy with a little bit of wave action through the man made reefs.


Nearby we had some beers and meals at Longboards and a bit further away at Ko Olina Station we had a nice lunch at MonkeyPod.

Ko Olina Station because of:


No explanation but as there is a large chimney a bit further up I guess this is a sugar cane railway. They still run tourist type carriages along here.

Ko Olina

On arrival we met the Port Captain, in the various items discussed we asked about rainfall. Never was the answer, on the hills yes, but not here.

The next day, trapped on board until the early afternoon. We never saw the Port Captain again, was he an imposter?



Arriving Hawaii

Landfall after 11 days at sea, always nice.


The volcanic nature soon apparent



The landfall all Honolulu homeport seafarers want to see, Diamond Head.


Can you imagine in the days of manned light houses the requests for this appointment, especially from the Aleutian Islands.


Passing Honolulu on our way to the Marina at Ko Olina on the west coast.


Rain behind the city.


There was a USAF Galaxy doing ‘touch & go’ exercises as we approached Barber Point. We thought on one of them we might get an overhead but they varied the pattern so it never happened.


Looking north along the coast as we approached the marine channel