Friday, May 18, 2012

Aloha to the USS Carl Vinson


The USS Carl Vinson arrived on Wednesday (at this link).   I signed up for the public tour and I share the photos with you!  

We climbed five stairs to the flight deck.

The flight deck offered almost every
type of plane - from propeller to jet!

Everything folds up! 

Great view of the Mighty Mo ... 

... and the USS Arizona.
The flag flies off the stern.
Here are the boat launches for the USS Arizona.
The Ford Island Bridge is in the background.

In the Air Force, it's nose art.
In the Navy, it is tail art.  

Ready for action!

Great view of the National Park Service's
boat launch to the USS Arizona Memorial ... 

... plus the USS Bowfin,
nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger.

It must be an art to rack and stack
the planes on the flight deck!

We climbed another five stairs to the bridge.
It offers a panoramic view of the flight deck ... 

... plus Aloha Stadium in the distance!

Another tourist samples the power
of the captain's chair.
On the lower deck, we checked out the static displays.
The Navy is proud of its heritage. 

Lest we never forget.

The Tiger program allows sailors to invite family members to
sail home on the last leg, such as Pearl Harbor to San Diego.

I met a sailor escorting his father and grandfather.
I also spotted a sailor bringing aboard his 10 year old son!
What a family treat!

I drove over to Ford Island for this shot.  The USS Carl Vinson rendered honors to the USS Arizona when it pulled into port.

If you had a family member aboard any Navy ship, would you participate in a Tiger Cruise?  Five days at sea, sleeping in a bunk, and learning about carrier operations?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 19, 10 pm in Hawaii.   


Kim in Hawaii

It truly is a floating city!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekly winners and Aloha guests

We have winners at SOS Aloha!

Jane Austen meets Flat Stanley
- Cyn209 wins a book choice from my convention stash.

- Leslie is the winner!

GREAT ESCAPES by Linda Wisdom Lynda K Scott
- Linda M. is the winner!

- Helen is the winner!

- Wilovebooks is the winner!

Winners, please claim your book by sending your mailing address to    I am a winner with recent visitors to Hawaii!

- Kati from ROMANCING RAKES FOR THE LOVE OF ROMANCE (at this link).   Kati and hubby enjoy the beach at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) where President Obama often escapes with his family.  


- Lacey Falcone, a fellow AF veteran and budding romance author (at this link).   Lacey and David enjoy Spam Jam.

- Mia Marlowe, historical author extraordinaire (at this link).  Mia is ready for Almack's with her fan from Oxford Street, er, Aloha Stadium Swap Meet!

If you came to visit me in Hawaii, what would you like to see? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, May 19, 10 pm in Hawaii.


Kim in Hawaii

Jane Austen recently arrived on Oahu at ALOHA ON MY MIND at this link