Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hawaii - Oahu

In the morning we flew to Honolulu and then drove to the north shore and the Turtle Bay Resort. We went swimming in the pool and walked the grounds- then a very nice dinner at Lei Lei's.

In the morning  we went to Three Tables Beach, known for its snorkeling which we took advantage of.

 We then spent some time at the resort pool. We got Hi BBQ  for dinner.
In the morning we went to the beach at the Banzai Pipeline- a very long and very wide beach. As it was summer, there was no surf and no surfers. There was a lava flow on one end that created  a reef. We had a nice snorkel trip there.

 We stopped at Ted's Bakery on the way back for treats and to check its menu.
At the resort we tried the beach there but again ended up in the pool  where Teresa did laps.
We went to Fami's Shrimp for dinner.
Next day was another travel day. We drove down the Windward (East) Coast of Oahu and stopped four times, including an extended stay at a nice beach where Teresa went swimming.

We arrived in Waikiki at about 3:00 and first did some scouting around. We then went to the beach and swam, the water was a nice temperature.
That evening we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I had chicken, Teresa had a salad. We shared a 30 year anniversary chocolate cheesecake for dessert (and didn't finish it). 
A walk/run early the next morning and then off to the beach. I decided to try surfing, not as easy as I had remembered. I did suffer an injury- after a ride I figured I had ridden far enough in that the water would be shallow, so I hopped off the board expecting a sandy bottom. It was a rocky bottom and my right foot took the impact.

Back to the room for lunch and then back to the beach.
For dinner, the restaurant we wanted to go to had a very long line so we went to a steak place.
In the morning we went to the beach at Kailua- a nice beach with thousands of natives setting up tents, tables and grills. We found a good spot and spent most of the day there. We met another family from Canada.

Back to the room. We went to an Asian Noodle restaurant which was very good.

 It was then a rather long walk to Honolulu's impressive fireworks.

 On the way back we stopped at a Hard Rock Cafe for a Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae.

The next morning we drove to Pearl Harbor. We were there in time for a boat ride around the harbor - a sailor narrated- we could go by- not in the Arizona Memorial as it was still under repair.
Overall, the film that we saw and the two small museums were very informative and well done. The experience was better than I thought it would be- well worth the trip.

We then drove to the center of Honolulu to see historic sites- including Iolani Palace, the Capitol, the Justice Building (Steve McGarett does not have an office there)

For dinner we picked up a very good pizza which we took back to our condo and ate with our leftover noodle soup.
The next morning we headed to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Snorkeling Beach- beautiful site, considered the best snorkeling beach on Oahu as there are acres of reefs in rather shallow waters right off the beach with plenty of colorful fish.
We were visited by Kekoa and Koloka, two monk seals who beached themselves and spent the day sunning on the beach. Teresa found the perfect spot to set up- a break in the flora with plenty of shade. It was much coveted and we did agree to share it a couple of times. We had been told to get there early as the rather large parking lot fills up which shuts off the entrance. We got there at 6:44 a.m. and the lot was 70% full. The bonus was that arriving before 7:00 meant the $7.50 per person and $1.00 per car fee was waived.

We left the Bay at about 2:30 and headed  to Diamond Head where we were lucky to find a parking spot right away. We climbed the crater, took some photos at the top and climbed down. It took about an hour.

We then returned to our room to do laundry and then repeated the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Back to pack.
Saturday was travelling day which was good because the light traffic made the short trip to the airport easy.

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