We picked up our rental car and headed to the western side of Oahu. Luckily we were going the opposite direction as the morning rush hour traffic on the Nimitz Hwy was heavy around the Aloha Stadium and Pearl Harbor. We travelled to the Leeward side of the island via the Farmington Hwy and came upon several settlements like Waianae on the less travelled west coast. Waianae lies on a semiarid plain below the Kolekole Pass. The Waianae Mountains made an excellent backdrop for my photos today. The west coast is noted for high surfs and major surfing competitions. On our return trip to the city, we stopped at the Punchbowl Crater to visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a wonderful tribute. The approach road to the crater provides an excellent view of the city and harbor. In all my trips to Oahu, this was my very first visit to the Punchbowl, a nice treat. We had a great two days in the Honolulu area and now it is 4 days at sea before reaching The Marshall Islands. Our departure was beautiful, certainly enhanced by the whales that accompanied us… Hoping for calm seas and sunny skies. What a great day!!!!