Cruising to America’s National Parks- Hawaii Ports of Call
Cruising can be a great way to see some of America’s National Parks! Hawaii itself has 8 National Park Sites and is one of the most beautiful cruise destinations in the world. Hawaii cruises have two common routes. The first is a week-long cruise typically doing a roundtrip from Honolulu covering four islands. The second common cruise is typically 14 or 15 days departing either from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Cruises departing from California opens your opportunity to visit another 28 National Parks sites! This makes a Hawaii cruise a must for any National Parks lover.
Honolulu Hawaii (Oahu)
Honolulu is on the south side of Oahu and is the capitol of Hawaii. The Waikiki neighborhood is the center of dining, nightlife, and shopping. It is also known for its iconic crescent-shaped beach with palm trees, high rise hotels and Diamond Head crater in the distance. The famous North Shore brings big wave surfers in search of their next ride!
World War 2- Valor of the Pacific National Historic Site is home to the USS Arizona. Our trip to this memorial sent shivers down my back. It was chilling to see the small leak of oil still coming from the ship below giving reminder of the tragedy of what happened in paradise. Here you can learn more about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent entry of the United States of America into World War 2.
Honouliuli National Monument is not yet open to the public. Honouliuli National Monument will tell the history of interment, martial law, and the experience of prisoners of war in Hawaii during World War 2.