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KSCartist
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posted 01-20-2009 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife and I just returned from a long dreamed of trip to Hawaii in celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. Here are a few space-related photos.

One of our first stops was to visit the National Cemetery of the Pacific aka Punchbowl Cemetery. It's called that because it is located inside of a long dormant almost perfectly round volcano. Since we were in a commercial vehicle (a tour bus), we were only allowed to do a slow drive by. Ellison Onizuka is buried next to WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.

The other photos are of Mauna Kea. "White Mountain" on the Big Island of Hawaii is home to 12 observatories including Keck 1 and Keck 2. Literally breathtaking at 13,400 feet.

Rizz
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posted 01-20-2009 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice shots Tim.

Did you get a chance to visit the Onizuka Space Center, at the Kona Airport? Not quite as elaborate as the Kennedy Space Center, but some cool artifacts. I believe Ellison's sister works there.

Looks like you were enjoying our 'tropical winter weather' lol

KSCartist
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posted 01-20-2009 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No I sure didn't but it's on my list for when we go back.

Mahalo on a beautiful state!

KAPTEC
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posted 01-26-2009 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm jealous of your travel. Hawaii is one of my pendings journeys... but I live too far away! Very nice pics Tim.

JBoe
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posted 08-14-2015 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a trip scheduled in the next two weeks, is there any other landmarks/sights not mentioned in these previous posts? This is great information!

mode1charlie
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posted 08-14-2015 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's also the HI-SEAS Mars analogue simulation site, on the slopes of Mauna Loa. It is a closed, active site (in fact a new crew is starting a 360 day mission in the next few weeks) but you will be able to see it from the Saddle Road linking Hilo to the Kona coast.

Unfortunately, you may have trouble accessing the summit of Maunakea, as there are ongoing protests by some in the Native Hawaiian community over the planned construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope.

Finally, there is a plaque commemorating the arrival of the Apollo 8 crew somewhere at Hickam AFB. But I checked with some of my friends there, and the area where that is located is closed to the public.

JBoe
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posted 08-14-2015 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks again, this is very helpful! Now it's a matter of time and transportation. Maybe my colleague will let me borrow the rental

JBoe
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posted 08-30-2015 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As an update, I returned from my business trip. Unfortunately, I didn't get to the big island and was Oahu only. I didn't get to Hickam AFB, but got to go to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and Ford Island and photos. Since the SBX-3 was in port and you couldn't really miss it, especially from H-1/H-2 I took some snaps.

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