Discovering Oahu's Hidden Gems Part II18 December 2013
It wasn't long after lunch that we came to our next site, the Byodo-In temple. Being a Japanese major, I instantly recognized the design of the Buddhist temple to be a replica of the 11th century Phoenix Hall in Kyoto, Japan. Apparently taking History of Japanese Art was useful!
It can be said that this lookout signifies the beginning of King Kamehameha's rule. It was here that he drove the forces of the former monarchs to defeat and assumed his role as the first king of all the Hawaiian Islands.
Continuing with natural wonders, we made a stop at Hanauma Bay. This bay was once a volcano but one side gave way to the ocean and now it is one of the best places on the island for snorkeling and viewing tropical fish. I'm definitely returning here soon!
And after that extremely long day I had finally come to the end of my Ultimate Circle Island Oahu Eco-Adventure Tour. "Ultimate" was definitely the perfect word to describe this tour as I discovered every inch of the island and learned so much more about its culture and history.