After thirty days at sea, we arrived in Honolulu ready to do some sightseeing. For this adventure, we chose a Hop On – Hop Off tour that took us by the Diamond Head Lighthouse. These types of tours have become our favorite thing to do in a new place for several reasons—they’re economical, you can spend as much time as you want at each location, and we always learn something new.
One of the most enjoyable things about one of these tours in a place like Hawaii is that many of the busses are open, so we had wonderful tropical breezes the entire time, including when we stopped for photos like this one.
Diamond Head Lighthouse is part of history
Okay, philately fans, listen up! It’s test time. In what year was the Diamond Head Lighthouse featured on a postage stamp? If you guessed 2007, you were right! That’s when the USPS brought out a $0.41 stamp featuring this historic site. That’s not all, though, the lighthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The lighthouse also played a role in World War II. In March 2014, the Coast Guard interviewed retired ETCM Melvin Kealoha Bell, who was ninety-four at the time. Bell was on duty at the lighthouse on December 7, 1941, when he received instructions from the 14th Naval District to warn commercial ships that Pearl Harbor was under attack.
Want to see more photos from our trip? Here’s a link where you can check out all the entries in our travel journal.