Waikiki Oahu Hawaii

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Lying in the hammocks in Fiji may not have been best place to plan the next leg of a journey.  We were too chilled to be concerned that our quick look at accommodation in Hawaii suggested that the entire island was fully booked. "No probs, we will just book something when we arrive, after all, we land 13 hours before we take off, so we will have plenty of time". If that is confusing, we left Fiji 2100 hrs 15th Feb and arrived in Hawaii 0800 hrs 15th Feb due to crossing the International Date Line at 180 east. 

We also stopped in Samoa for a few hours en-route to USA to refuel, so that just about ticks another country visited box.

We arrived in Honolulu and went to several hotel booking information desks and 'shock , horror' when we discovered that it was ‘Presidents Day’ and Oahu really was fully booked.  All the hotel booking agencies had gone home as they had no vacancies, so we spent about 5 hours looking for anything, , and we spent far too many s on the mobile without success.   We eventually found a very cheap and not so cheerful backpackers hostel in downtown Waikiki, and turned up in our flash packer treat.
 
Arriving at the cheapest hostel in Hawaii in a 4 litre soft top Mustang certainly raised an eyebrow or two with our new dreadlocked druggy co-travellers. When the 18 year old receptionist asked us if we wanted to hire a push bike or moped that confused us to say the least.

After yet another cold shower we hit the sea front for a fat boy’s burger with sweet potato fries. Walking home we were somewhat surprised just how many homeless people there are in Waikiki. Dozens were strewn along the beach front, and on the walkway right in front of the shops, as hundreds of people dining and shopping were literally stepping over or around them. The heavy police presence seem to totally ignore them.
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