Wow, what a ride, we grabbed the #1 Hawaii title.
We decided to participate in the Tour of Honor Motorcycle ride while we were in Hawaii. The Tour of Honor is a self-directed ride to memorials and monuments around the United States. You can visit as many sights as you want on any route that you choose. Trophies are awarded to the first three riders to visit seven destinations in each state. The #1 trophy had not yet been claimed for Hawaii so we decided, what the heck, let's do it!
We rented bikes out of Waikiki and began our ride at 10:00 a.m. Luckily the young man working at the rental shop suggested we visit the sites in town last as we would be going against traffic at the end of the day.
Today I am going to share with you the sites we visited and some of our experiences. To meet the rules of T of H you must take a picture of your rally flag and bike with the same view as posted on the T of H website. Which explains the unusual pictures.
Please note: We were not prepared to ride motorcycles while we were in Hawaii so we did not have proper motorcycle clothing. Don't do as we do, do as we say! Wear long pants, gloves and a long sleeve shirt when you ride.
Our first stop was to Punchbowl Cemetery. It is an ancient warrior cemetery located in a volcanic crater overlooking Honolulu. A wide staircase extends from the floor of the crater to the "Court of Honor" flanked on both sides of the staircase are ten "Courts of the Missing that include 28,778 etched names of soldiers MIA from World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
From Punchbowl Onward to Pearl Harbor
|Bikes aren't allow on the ferry boat to the Arizona Memorial so I had to get a picture of the bike and the rally flag in front of the sign. The ride organizers are very careful, NO CHEATING!|
The official photo to prove I was there.
USS Missouri Memorial, required photo
The USS Missouri is moored on Ford Island. It served from World War II through Desert Storm and is a highly decorated battleship, best known for hosting the Japanese surrender ceremony that took place on Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945
Now we ride to the opposite end of the island to Haleiwa.
Wailua-Kahuku War Memorial located at Haleiwa Beach Park.
This was the easiest of all the memorials to visit. It is located just off the side of the road, we pulled off the road and parked. No ferry ride, no shuttle...
This is a memorial to all the local veterans that gave their all in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The most difficult photo was in Kaneohe at the Marine Corps Base
This made it a little difficult to get a picture of our bikes anywhere on the base. Luckily the judges ok'd our entry with the photo we submitted. Better luck to the next riders that try to get a picture on base.
Off we go to HUNT for the B-17 Memorial
By the time we went looking for the B-17 Memorial, the sun was setting, the wind was picking up and it was getting cold. This monument is located at the Pali Lookout but we were not sure exactly where. The monument is just a little plaque on the side of the ramp at the lookout. The road to the top of the lookout is one of the most scenic roads on the island. This is one spot we never would have ventured to if it weren't for Tour of Honor.
|I was nearly blown off the side of the volcano trying to get this picture.|
|Since we could not take our bikes to the monument we took this picture to prove we were really there. I know the rental helmet and bike are dorky. Not at all like my Harley or Shoei.|
The final stretch - back to Waikiki where the day began
This memorial honors four different regiments comprised totally of Japanese-Americans, who fought for the US in World War II.