Aloha from Hawaii

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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waikiki sands villa

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Although Hawaii is technically part of the States - it seems like a totally different country altogether.  After a 5 hour flight from LA, we touched down in Honolulu and caught a local bus into Waikiki.

After checking into our hotel we headed straight to the beach.  Waikiki beach was a little disappointing because there were loads of tourists (even though we are tourists) however after the west coast of the States, the sea felt almost like a bath which made up for all the people.

Seeing that we were only going to be in Hawaii for 2 days we decided that we were either going stay on Oahu Island and either hire a car to go around the island or......... hire some scooters.  Kate chose the scooter option - brave girl especially as a scooter is basically a bicycle with a motor!!  After a test ride around the block we headed off from Waikiki beach to Lanikai beach stopping off along the way to see Diamond Head Crater (a massive volcanic crater), the Halona Blow hole and Sandy beach.  Lanikai beach was more what we thought Hawaii beaches to be like, turquoise waters, white sands and no people.

After a swim, we then headed back to Waikiki - in rush hour and along a 3 lane highway - so we were in need of a cold beverage.  We stopped in at the Waikiki Outrigger private members club.  We managed to blag our way into the club and enjoyed a few cocktails on a private beach:).  We were told that we were not allowed to be there by the manager but the honeymoon card saved us again!

I have to say that Kate was a natural on the scooter and she did so well to ride on a motorway.  Harleys next???

For our last day we decided to take a trip into the shopping district of Honolulu and also go to see the Manoa Falls.  The falls are in a nature reserve and involve a 40min hike to see them - well worth the trip.  The nature reserve also has an Arboretum which has dedicated itself to becoming a center for the rescue and propagation of rare and endangered native Hawaiian plants.

Unfortunately there was no time for surfing lessons in Hawaii - we left the surfing up to the professionals, probably just as well as the waves were almost 8 foot high.  Hawaii is definitely a place that we are going to come back to.  Tomorrow we are off to Fiji and will be staying at the Wellesley Resort - 5 star luxury - did anyone think that we were really backpacking around the world?????

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Cool Aunt Karen on

Just returned from Spain to cloudy wet England - catching up on your news
You look very natural in the Jungle Ivor!!

VM on

There is so much diversity (experience-wise) in Hawaii. Definately need to go back and try some of the other islands. Looking forward to Fiji and NZ updates.

Auntie C on

Enjoying sharing your travels - seeing new places and reminders of places we have visited. Your photographs are fab and love hearing about all the adventures. Will you still be playing the honeymoon card when you are an old married couple it seems to open many doors?
Lots of love from us all.

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