Technically, I'm on vacation...
... but that just means I'm in an interesting location with even MORE questions that keep popping up!
This week I'm on Oahu, the "main" island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It's the island where Honolulu (the capital) is located, along with most of the ukuleles, dancers, and novelty items for sale.
But I'm up on the North Shore for vacation--the home of the Banzai Pipeline, Jack Johnson, Waimea Bay, and large open areas of forested mountains, and open shorelines.
As I've been traveling around up here, I've noticed a couple of things that I hope the SRS Regulars can help out with. Here's what's puzzling me this week...
1. Driving to the North Shore we passed through fields of pineapples. Historically, pineapples (and sugar cane) have been the mainstays of Hawaiian agricultural exports. But the pineapple fields seem... small to me. How many acres of pineapple are planted on Oahu these days? (This might sound similar to last week's Challenge, but no fancy programming needed...)
2. I know there are many different kinds of pineapples, but which variety is the most commonly planted on Oahu? (Here's my closeup photo of a pineapple from central Oahu. Yeah, it's pretty prickly in there--you don't want a job picking pineapples!)
3. I drove past this strange collection of what look like radomes peeking out over the hilltops. Can you figure out what's going on here? (This is at 21.685451, -158.009686)
4. (Extra credit) This radome site is clearly very modern, but this isn't the first radar installation near this location. There was a historically very famous site near here. Can you figure out what that radar site was and why it's so famous?
As always, tell us how you figured them out.
I'll be sending aloha your way this week.