Pearl Harbor - even though we are not American it was still impressive and sad at the same time. We went to the visitor center where we got some information from a guide and could walk around the museum for some time. In Germany we didn't learn anything on Pearl Harbor so here I finally learnt what it was all about and understood more. It was very interesting. Afterwards we watched a film on the attack and its background and went on a boat that would take us to the actual USS Arizona memorial but due to construction work we weren't able to go on it what was kind of disappointing. We came as close to the shipwreck as it was allowed, going actually on the memorial would have been cooler though.
Back at the visitor center something made absolutely up for it: we met a surviver from Pearl Harbor. The man was a crew member on the USS Nevada that tried to escape from the harbor but didn't make it. He only signed Anna's and my newspapers and he suggested to take a picture. Of course we said yes when he asked us if we also wanted to meet his girlfriend who is also a surviver. She told us that she thought that those Japanese planes looked so pretty and that she was surprised when they started to attack them. We had a nice conversation with them (he was born in the town I live in Ohio) and it was.. what can I say?! AMAZING
After a quick lunch we came back to Pearl Harbor to go on the USS Missouri and help them. Our job? We were cleaning the ship and she looked beautiful afterwards. When we were all done with the cleaning we had a guided tour around the battleship and then it was unfortunately already time to go back to the hotel.
In the evening we had a delicious buffet at a restaurant called Tiki's and when we were finally all stuffed, we had free time that most of us used to go shopping in downtown Waikiki. At the International Market we bought some souvenirs for our host families and at around 9 pm we watched fireworks that they have every week according to one of the shop owners. Must be nice to live here.
By now I am seriously thinking about moving here - it is paradise!
Esther from Germany