We were delighted to disembark our ship and to have the opportunity to see a little bit of Hawaii so we signed up for the tour of the North Shore which included views of the magnificent Hawaiian beaches and popular surf spots, but also included a visit to the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park to experience this serene and beautiful environment and begin our exploration of the cultures of the Pacific Rim.  Lunching with the locals at Fumi’s Shrimp Farm was a treat along with the delicious Dole pineapple ice cream.  The finale of the tour was a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation where found the world’s largest maze, a garden tour and learning about Captain John Kidwell, founder of the Hawaiian pineapple industry back in the 1800s. The pineapple became the symbol of American friendship when James Drummond Dole arrived in the islands.