"Ingress" & "Pokemon GO" took me to Sand Island in Honolulu Harbor

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Interisland Cruise Ship docked in Honolulu Harbor

Today was the day to spend some time with my grandsons and we decided to play Pokemon Go, a location based reality  for the kids,  and Ingress, "the world is not what it seems", for me. My daughter, their mom, did the driving so we could travel between the real world and the virtual world, blowing up and capturing portals and collecting Pokemon or pocket monsters.

The kids did great on their gadgets while I struggled but gave it a valiant effort on my iPhone. Both games have the same locations where our respective hot spots SPAWN. So that made it easier.

A great way to see the City of Honolulu.

What ends up happening is that we drove to a whole bunch of places that we would normally not go, such as the most eastern part of Sand Island with great views over downtown Honolulu and some ships.

The photo above is of our interisland cruise ship. Last time I had seen it was at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Interisland container ship docking at Honolulu Harbor

And then there was this interisland container ship that was just getting moved around by tug boats. Normally container ships look blah with all the containers being the same. Not this one, it looked like a kind of Beverly Hillbilly floating barge, with colorful containers of a variety that I have never seen before.

Interisland container ship docking in Honolulu

Here's the container ship as seen from Sand Island by a weekend fisherman enjoying the day. What a nice guy, he told us all about the happenings around the harbor.

Oh, and just about at the tip of his fishing pole? That's Aloha Tower with the Aloha Tower Market Place and its green roofs at water's edge. Lots of great shopping and restaurants including Gordon Biersch, a favorite hangout of mine. That's where I went to hear Jimmy Borges entertain/sing who held court at Trappers nightclub at the Hyatt Regency in the 70s and 80s. He recently passed away. Such a loss.

Everywhere I go, there are so many memories of the 26 years that I have lived in Hawaii. Even Sand Island, I remember it when there was NOTHING there that you wanted to go see except Marianas Sailing Club. I'll feature it another time. It's worth it.



Aloha from Hawaii,





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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This sounds like it was a fun outting with your grandsons and fortunately, they were not driving !

Jan 08, 2017 05:17 AM #1
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hella, sounds like a wonderful day for you and the Grandkids.  Glad you were able to enjoy.  M

Jan 08, 2017 05:39 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have a grandson that is getting started on the Pokemon cards, but has not yet asked about that type of activity.  Nice captures of the side of Honolulu seldom seen

Jan 08, 2017 06:14 AM #3
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

What a creative way to have fun and see some sights that you normally may not see as frequently. 

Jan 08, 2017 07:44 AM #4
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sounds like a fun day with the grandkids.  I bet they loved every minute of it.

Jan 08, 2017 02:23 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I know the grandkids liked having you play Pokemon Go with them. That makes you a really cool Grandma.

Jan 09, 2017 06:28 PM #6
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