Steve Dahl in Hawaii, Turtle Bay 2003

Steve Dahl in Hawaii, Turtle Bay 2003

Oahu, Hawaii — Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl (third from left) posing at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore with a dancer and other representatives from Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center.

Turtle Bay Resort: Dawn on Oahu North Shore

Turtle Bay Resort: Dawn on Oahu North Shore

Oahu, Hawaii — The view at dawn to the east from Turtle Bay Resort, toward the resort's ocean villas on Kuilima Cove with the waters near Cherries Break beyond at left.

Moana Surfrider hotel lobby, Honolulu, Hawaii

Moana Surfrider hotel lobby, Honolulu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii — Lobby of the legendary Moana Surfrider hotel. Built in 1901, the Moana Hotel is often called "The First Lady of Waikiki" and had been the "Sheraton Moana Surfrider" when this photo was taken. In 2007, it was rebranded as the "Moana...

Moana Surfrider hotel history display, Honolulu

Moana Surfrider hotel history display, Honolulu

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii — Memorabilia of 1930s and 1940s Hawaii displayed in the historic room on the second floor of the Moana Surfrider hotel. Built in 1901, the Moana Hotel is often called "The First Lady of Waikiki" and hosted the famous "Hawaii Calls"...

Old Hawaii memorabilia at Moana Surfrider hotel

Old Hawaii memorabilia at Moana Surfrider hotel

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii — Memorabilia of old Hawaii displayed in the historic room on the second floor of the Moana Surfrider hotel. Built in 1901, the Moana Hotel is often called "The First Lady of Waikiki" and hosted the famous "Hawaii Calls" radio show, as...

Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii — The Rainbow Tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa at left, with Waikiki Beach's other hotels and resorts beyond, and Diamond Head in the distance. In the foreground is the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon.

Honolulu restaurant: Ono Hawaiian Foods, Toyo Shimabukuro

Honolulu restaurant: Ono Hawaiian Foods, Toyo Shimabukuro

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii — Toyo Shimabukuro with Amy in his Ono Hawaiian Foods restaurant at 726 Kapahulu Ave. The son of Ono Hawaiian Foods founder Sueko Miyagi Oh Young, Mr. Shimabukuro was a charming and informative host. He selected our dinner for us — including...

Hawaiian quilt pattern 2, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaiian quilt pattern 2, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii — Cotton Hawaiian quilt on display at the Bishop Museum, artifact number 1988.214: "This quilt's floral pattern is unique and not recognizable. Blue applique done on white background made by Kauhine Kamalau c. 1900s to commemorate Halley's Comet of...

Hawaiian quilt pattern 1, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaiian quilt pattern 1, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawaiian quilt on display at the Bishop Museum, artifact number 1984.364.001: "Red applique on white background with red binding along edges. Quilt pattern called "Fan and Feather Plume of Ka'iulani". Made by Mary Ann Kekaula Palaualelo Muller for...

Scrimshaw whale tooth, Bishop Museum, Honolulu

Scrimshaw whale tooth, Bishop Museum, Honolulu

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii — Antique scrimshaw whale tooth artwork depicting "The Sailor Boy" (artifact # 1921.014.050 at Honolulu's Bernice P. Bishop Museum) by an unknown artist from the mid-19th century. Below the etched art on the sperm whale tooth, the inscription...

Dog teeth: Hula ankle rattle, Bishop Museum, Honolulu

Dog teeth: Hula ankle rattle, Bishop Museum, Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii — Dog teeth, perhaps 250 dog canines, made into a hula ankle rattle in the early 1800s. Displayed in the Bishop Museum, the description reads as follows: Hula Ankle Rattle (kūpe’e niho īlio) Dog canines, cordage, early 19th century...

Cannibal fork, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Cannibal fork, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii — Cannibal fork displayed at Honolulu's Bishop Museum. The extent of cannibalism in Hawaii and Polynesia in general is a sketchy subject, greatly exaggerated by sensationalistic European and American writers. Contrary to legend, Captain Cook was...

Ukulele, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ukulele, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii — A Hawaiian ukulele on exhibit at the Bishop Museum. Ukuleles are commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as "jumping flea," perhaps due to the action of one's fingers playing the ukulele resembling a...

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii — The Hawaiian Hall of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum houses millions of Hawaiian artifacts, documents, and photographs.

Yanagi Sushi chefs, Honolulu, Hawaii

Yanagi Sushi chefs, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii — The best sushi bar: Yanagi Sushi at 762 Kapiolani Blvd. At this hour, we pretty much had the restaurant — and both sushi chefs — all to ourselves. Delicious sushi, and the chefs were very friendly and entertaining.

Ala Moana Center concert, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ala Moana Center concert, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii — Ala Moana shopping mall center court hosts the 2003 Pacific Basin Music Festival, with performances by schools from Canada, Australia, California and Oregon.

Sandy Beach bodyboarding, Oahu, Hawaii

Sandy Beach bodyboarding, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii — The Sandy Beach surf carries a bodyboard (a.k.a. boogie board) enthusiast toward shore. A popular bodysurfing spot, Sandy Beach is also the most dangerous beach on Oahu, due to its punishing shorebreak, powerful backwash, and strong rip currents.

Waimanalo Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii — Waimanalo Beach Park on the windward side of Oahu, near the island's southeast tip. Waimanalo Beach is nearly 4 miles of beautiful white sand. Less crowded than many Oahu beaches, Waimanalo is also close to house and cottage rentals, and is a popular...

Koi pond, zebra doves at Byodo-In Temple, Oahu

Koi pond, zebra doves at Byodo-In Temple, Oahu

Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii — Zebra doves (Geopelia striata) huddle together inside a tiny wooden boat on the shore of the koi pond at the Byodo-In Temple in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii

Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii

Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii — The Byodo-In Temple in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park near Kaneohe, Hawaii. This 1968 structure is a replica of the 900-year-old Byōdō-in Buddhist temple at Uji, in Japan's Kyoto prefecture.

Flight to Oahu: Ko Olina Resort & Marina

Flight to Oahu: Ko Olina Resort & Marina

Oahu, Hawaii — Our final approach into Honolulu International Airport takes us over Ko Olina Resort & Marina, its championship golf course, 2 miles of beach, the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club and villas.

Place de la Gare, Strasbourg, France

Place de la Gare, Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France — The Place de la Gare ("Rail Station Square") with Ferris wheel on New Year's Eve from the window of our room at the Hotel Ibis Strasbourg Centre Gare. We had just driven 7 hours / 482 km from Paris, and were about to venture out in Strasbourg in...

Place du Tertre artist sketching, Montmartre, Paris

Place du Tertre artist sketching, Montmartre, Paris

Paris, France — An artist skeches a woman in the Place du Tertre, the famous square just west of the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur in the Montmartre district of Paris' 18th arrondissement, where artists set up their easels each day for tourists.

Paris skyline from Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre

Paris skyline from Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre

Paris, France — The panoramic skyline of the city of Paris, viewed at night from the front of Sacré-Coeurr Basilica on the butte Montmartre — the highest point in Paris, and a very popular scenic overlook.

Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Paris

Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Paris

Paris, France — The Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur ("sacred heart"), viewed from the base of the butte Montmartre in the evening. Along its railing, people are gathered to gaze at the Paris skyline.

Notre Dame de Paris: Portal of Saint Anne

Notre Dame de Paris: Portal of Saint Anne

Paris, France — Notre Dame Cathedral, west facade: The tympanum of the Portal of Saint Anne, the rightmost and earliest of the cathedral's three western portals. Depicted are the enthroned Virgin with Child, visited by the bishop of Paris (left) and the king of France...

Cathedral: Norte Dame de Paris, west facade

Cathedral: Norte Dame de Paris, west facade

Paris, France — West façade of the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), with 31.5-foot rose window at center, dating from about 1225, behind the Virgin with Child between two angels. Under the balustrade, there is a wide horizontal frieze — the...

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris, France

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris, France

Paris, France — West façade of the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. One of the finest examples of French Gothic church architecture, the cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité, in the fourth arrondissement of Paris.

Louvre Pyramid interior, Louvre Museum, Paris

Louvre Pyramid interior, Louvre Museum, Paris

Paris, France — Interior of I. M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid, the the main entrance to the Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre), which is visible through the glass. According to Wikipedia: The pyramid and the underground lobby beneath it were created because of a series of...

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Paris

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Paris

Paris, France — Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, displayed at the Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre). The oil painting, done on a poplar wood panel, is 30 inches high by 20 7/8 inches wide (77 centimeters by 53 centimeters). Leonardo da Vinci is believed...

Louvre Museum: Paintings in the Salon Carré

Louvre Museum: Paintings in the Salon Carré

Paris, France — Visitors tour famous paintings of first Italian Renaissance, from the 12th to 15th centuries, in the Salon Carré (Square Salon) of the Louvre Museum. A few of the tourists — including Dan Falato, center — are admiring the ceiling, which is decorated...

Rue de Lappe at night, Paris, France

Rue de Lappe at night, Paris, France

Paris, France — Amy (right foreground) and Dan Falato (farther down the sidewalk) on the rue de Lappe, a cobblestone street in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, east of the Place de la Bastille. We had just finished dinner at Bistrot Les Sans Culottes.

Louvre Museum and Louvre Pyramid, Paris

Louvre Museum and Louvre Pyramid, Paris

Paris, Farnce — At left, Pavillon Denon on the southern wing of Louvre Palace, which houses the Musée du Louvre. At right, I. M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid, which serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.

Louvre Palace, Cour Carrée, Paris, France

Louvre Palace, Cour Carrée, Paris, France

Paris, France — The Cour Carrée ("square court") at the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre), completed under Napoleon Bonaparte. It was twilight when we entered the courtyard, and a warm breeze blew into town, bouncing the hushed conversations and footsteps of the...

Pont Neuf, bridge across the Seine in Paris

Pont Neuf, bridge across the Seine in Paris

Paris, France — Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, viewed from the Latin Quarter on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank). Beyond the bridge is the western end of the Île de la Cité and the hotels and townhouses along...

Louis XVI Salon bleu, Carnavalet Museum, Paris

Louis XVI Salon bleu, Carnavalet Museum, Paris

Paris, France — The Salon bleu Louis XVI at the Carnavalet Museum, with its collection of circa-1780 furnishings — chairs and table, cabinetry, trim, mirrors, rugs, crystal chandelier, and paintings. Furniture in this room was created by famous names like Riesener,...

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