2013 2nd Segment

Auckland, New Zealand

On February 20, 2012 we reached New Zealand and docked in downtown Auckland,the city of sails. From the ship we had a great view of the city including the Ferry Terminal the hub of harbor activity and the  Sky Tower. We ventured into the countryside and passed many sheep farms and cattle ranches on our way to Maori Bay, home to large Gannet Colony. After viewing the surfers and scenery of the bay and the colony we traveled to a local farm called Haumoana. Here we had lunch, and tour the farm with its herds of Fallow Deer and Sheep. We watched a shearing of the sheep and saw the sheep dog in...

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Apia, Upolu Island, Samoa

After loosing a day by crossing the international dateline, we arrived in the capital of Samoa, Apia. We took a tour which covered about half of the island. The day was mostly cloudy with off and on showers. Our ship was docked in Apia Harbor and was a mile or so away from the town. Our first stop was Plum Pudding Rock another islet along the coast. We then proceeded inland thru Le Mafa Pass and then to Lotofaga Village where we had demonstrations of daily local culture. Here was also Sopo’aga Falls, one of the many on the island. From there we went to Tafatafa Beach on the other side...

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Pago Pago, Isle Tutuila, American Samoa

After 4 days at sea from Hawaii, we landed at Pago Pago on the isle of Tutuila in American Samoa. Pago Pago is a small town that lies in Pago Pago Harbor which is a submerged crater that opens to the sea. Here we toured the island in open air wooden seated busses that held 22 passengers. These busses were used as the main transportation on the island. Our first stop was to view “Flowerpot Rock” (Fatu-ma-futi) which was a small islet in the harbor. Along the way we passed homes with above ground graves in the front yard. It is the custom that family members are buried on their...

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Oahu, Hawaii

We arrived in Honolulu on the island of Oahu and docked right in town at the Aloha Tower on February 9, 2013. We ventured to the north shore of Oahu. We had a brief tour of Honolulu passing many government buildings and the King Kamehameha Statue, before going over the Koolau Mountains to reach the north shore. Once on the other side we first stopped at the Byodo-in Temple, which houses the oldest Buddha in the US made of wood. Our next stop was at a park where we saw the out island of Mokoli’i (Nicknamed: The Chinaman’s Hat). Next was a beach stop at Malama ‘aina Park...

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