Included in this post is a photo of the U.S.S. Coronado (LCS-4), one of the navy's relatively new class of Littoral combat ships, designed for operations close to shore. The Coronado is an Independence-Class Littoral combat ship. Click on the links to learn what the heck a Littoral Combat Ship is designed to do, as well as, all about the Coronado.
Also here today, is a photo of the Pride of America, an NCL cruise ship which tours the Hawaiian Islands regularly. Her normal itinerary brings the great ship to Honolulu each Saturday morning, departing Saturday evening. In the photo, she is heading for her next stop. The Star of Honolulu, which has been providing passengers with wonderful sunset dinner cruises among other sailings for 55-years, is in the photo as she returns to port.
Finally, I've included some images taken from local TV news stations. One story covers the toppling of the famous Kiawe tree planted in 1887 on the grounds of the Halekulani Hotel. A week ago, late Saturday night, the iconic tree quietly, and with great dignity, decided to fall. No one heard it topple over, no one was injured and even the bandstand was undamaged. I first saw this great old tree in (about) 1979 or 80 during a brief port call by the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CV-63) We stopped at Pearl Harbor on our way to a deployment to the Western Pacific, and a squadron mate told me about this wonderful hotel on Waikiki Beach. He said they had a restaurant with a lanai where people enjoyed "umbrella" drinks, a Hawaiian musical combo and a Hula dancer while watching the sunset. He had me at "umbrella drinks". There weren't many times during twenty-years service, when I failed to enjoy a sunset on that lanai when in town. That initial visit was the first time I saw Kanoe Miller perform the Hula on the stage beside the Kiawe tree. She was a former Miss Hawaii and had recently begun her career on that stage. When she learned that the tree had fallen, she went to the hotel to say goodby, recording her visit. Click on this link to view Kanoe's touching goodbye to her old friend.
The second story features surfers in France trying out some very interesting new "apparel". The sport never stops evolving and what we saw was definitely a new approach to wave riding. Okay, time to get to the photos.
earthsky.org/ the website I visit to find out what's going on in the skies. Click on any of the images for a closer look.
link to a short video of her exquisite dancing. She has that unique ability to make you think she's dancing just for you. I think you'll see why countless numbers of fans return to the Halekulani "House Without A Key" whenever they're in Honolulu.
Have a nice tomorrow!