Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hawai'i IV

I flew from Oahu to The Big Island to visit the town of Hilo. It is the second largest city in Hawai'i, after Honolulu. I had very little time and as luck would have it, it was raining. I was told that Hilo sits on the "wet" side of the island, so I wondered if I would get any decent pics.

The memorial sits on Piopio Street within Wailoa Park not far from the very small airport. I spent some time trying to get good pics of this really nice memorial to the 50 fallen from Hilo, but finally had to give up. I drove out to an area that has some nice waterfalls and the weather, there at least, had cleared. I jumped back in the car and headed back to the park and was able to take better, rain free, shots.


The memorial consists of the concrete and granite memorial, an eternal flame and 50 palm trees. Each of the trees bears a plaque dedicating it to a specific individual. Quite moving.

Some of the 50 memorial trees leading up to the memorial.

Each tree has a plaque at its base dedication it to a particular soldier.

Next time, we will go to Ft. Shafter in Honolulu to see the memorial on the base. I nearly got arrested there, so check in for the funny (now) story as usual at 9:00am on the 18th of August!