Category: North America

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, and More

Today would be our running around day. We planned to visit Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, Byodoin Temple, and Lanikai Beach. None of those took large amounts of time, but they weren’t exactly close together either. Thankfully, we managed to make it to all of them, and we didn’t even feel rushed.

Canoe Pageant

Polynesian Culture Center and More

The majority of our day was spent at The Polynesian Culture Center. It is a museum that preserves the various cultures of Polynesia, but it’s more of a theme park than a museum. The area is divided into different villages, each having their own performances and activities. I’m the evening they served us dinner and put on a big theatrical performance showcasing the different cultures.

Waikiki Beach

Arriving in Hawaii

My mom was recently recognized for the 30 years she has worked at her company. As a reward for her hard work, the company gave her a “free” vacation for 2 people. Because my mom is the most wonderful person in the world, she chose me to accompany her on her vacation. After some discussion, we settled on Hawaii as our destination.

New York City View

Hoboken, New Jersey

In my last post (“New York for New Year’s – Day 2”), I talked about going to Times Square to see the ball drop for New Year’s. After that, it was time to head home, but we were in no rush so we decided to do some local sightseeing near the hotel we had stayed at in New Jersey. We decided to stop at a store called Carlo’s Bakery, which is the setting of a popular TV show “Cake Boss.” We also stopped at Basile’s Pizza for lunch and stopped by the waterfront to get a good view of New York.

New Year's in New York: Watching the Ball Drop

New York for New Year’s – Day 2

As I mentioned in my last post (“New York for New Year’s – Day 1”), I went to New York to celebrate New Year’s. In New Year’s Eve, we finished up our last bit of sightseeing and then were off to Times Square to prepare for the ball drop.

Rockin' New Year's Eve

New York for New Year’s – Day 1

I’m so excited to say that this year I was able to go to New York for New Year’s Eve. It was a short trip since we decided to go a little last minute, but a busy one. We decided to arrive in New York the day before New Year’s Eve so we could do some sightseeing.

Boston Public Garden

What to Do With A Day in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

So you’ve got 24 hours in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. When there is so much to see and do and so little time, how do you possibly decide? That was the boat I found myself in when I visited Boston. I had originally gone for the Boston Career Forum, which is a big job fair for people who speak both Japanese and English. I ended up not being at the career fair for as long as I thought, so I was left with some extra time to do some sightseeing before heading home. Here is what I chose to do with a day in Boston.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco | Footsteps of a Dreamer

San Francisco

The other day, we made the several hour commute from Los Angeles to San Franscico. We’ll be spending two days here before we have to make the commute back to Los Angeles to catch our flight home. The first day in San Francisco we spent sightseeing. The second day was all about the Golden Gate Bridge.