Mele Kalikimaka! (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian.)
Santa left a stocking for Brynne:
Although also related to Obama, we did visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Located in the long-extinct volcano called Punchbowl Crater, it is the resting place for over 48,000 service men and women.
The entrance to Punchbowl Crater:
The steps are also lined with Filicium decepiens/Japanese Fern Trees shaped like halos:
The maps are creative mosaic murals:
Even the beer bottles say Mele Kalikimaka/Merry Christmas!
We were given the drill as to what would happen during the evening, as we drove to the southwest corner of Oahu among the industrial buildings. Cousin Aliki made a point to get to know everyone's name on the bus. As the sun started to set, we were let off at the beach. First we had to get "laid" (lei'd), Hawaiian-style, with shell leis: