Aloha from Hawai'i!! Our stays on Oahu and Kauai!

Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
Trip End Jun 20, 2010

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

After an early 8am flight from lax we arrived on the hawaiian island 'Oahu' at honolulu airport where we caught a shuttle to Waikiki where we were staying for 5 nights in the 'seaside hawaiian hostel'.

Our first impressions of Waikiki where a bit mixed as it was really built up which I (Sally) wasn't expecting - one of the first things we saw were skyscrapers and a Tiffany shop which we couldn't believe!! But after exploring the area we really loved it and found the international markletplace -a great market full of gift stalls, fresh fruit counters and jewelery. There was every restaurant imaginable and an avenue full of desinger shops but the best part was the beach which although did get quite packed with tourists, it blew us away as the sand was so white and the sea was warm and clear... heaven! We watched the sunset there and after they put on a hula show which was really good fun.

At our hostel we made friends with a group of people and we went out with them most nights which was really nice. One night we all went to watch the fireworks on Waikiki beach and had a drink after which was fun. We exchanged emails with every one so we can keep in touch and exchange tips as some of them had been to places we are going to visit which is always helpful!

Most days we spent in Waikiki on the beach and wandering around the market but we did manage to get over to the east side of the island to visit Kahlua beach which was amazing. The beach was gorgeous and there wasn't as many people as there were in Waikiki so it was nice and peaceful. You can see sea turtles here but unfortunately we didnt spot any!

After a great few days in Waikiki we caught a tiny plane over to the island of 'Kauai' which is nicknamed 'the garden isle'. The flight only took 30 minutes!  Kauai was the complete opposite to Waikiki with not a single skyscraper in sight. To give you an idea of what it was like the jurrasic park films were shot here so it was very green with lots of mountains.

Our hotel was in a little town called wailula and we were right on the beach which was excellent. We spent a day in the next town along called Ka'pa where there were a few shops to wander round but we soon realised the only way to get to the real pradise beaches was to hire a car as the bus routes and times were very limited, so we rented a car for 4 days ..freedom!!! We were so excited about having a car and being able to explore the island ourselves.

On the first day we had the car Sach drove us up to the north shore to Hanalei Bay which was absolutely gorgeous. We walked the stretch of the beach and saw some amasing views of the mountains and Hanalei pier. We spent the day there as apart from the beach, there was a cool shopping area where we had a ook around and had some lunch. As a treat we went to the cinema in Kauai one night to see the film 'date night' which was hilarious although the cinema was a bit out dated!

The same evening as we went to the cinema we went for a meal at 'bobby V's' a local little restaurant. We ended up chatting with the owners who told us that they had seen film crews turning up who are starting to film the new pirates of the carribien film! As you can imagine I (sally) got very excited by this and was hoping to get a glance of johnny or Orlando. Unfortunately we didn't spot either :(  but it was still exciting!

We also managed to drive right up to the end of the north shore to beautiful ke'e beach which is at  the start of the Kalalau Trail. The trail was one of the best things we have done on the trip - the views were incredible although we weren't quite prepared for what we were about to take on! The trail leads you up through the mountains along the Na Pali Coast and across a river to a seculed beach. We ended up walking over loose stone and rocks (see the pictures!) with a very steep drop by the sides of us - it was quite scary at times! After walking for 2 miles up and down the mountains with the sun shining we ended up at a river which we had to cross to get to the beach, we made it across with out falling over (although sach nearly lost a shoe!) and were finally on Hanakapia beach which was breath-taking. We chilled there for an hour and watched the huge waves crashing before the sand - it was so peaceful, the trek was completely worth it for this view (the pictures don't do it justice!). The hike home felt a bit tougher as we were really tired by this time but we got back to Ke'e beach just in time for the sunset which was gorgeous. We brought a coconut and drank the milk on the beach to finish the trip off!

On our last full day in kauai we headed over to Anini beach which was stunning. The water was a really vibrant turquoise colour and you could see the fish swimming as it was so clear. We spent most of the afternoon at the beach recovering from the hike and had our lunch there. Perfect way to end an amasing week in Kauai!!

After a busy week in Kauai we were back in Waikiki for a few days - this time we stayed at the 'waikiki Prince' hotel which was really nice - right near the beach and we had our own kitchen so could save a bit of money on food. We mainly chilled on the beach again (no change there!). Also had a great meal at the cheesecake factory - oh yes.

We had an amasing week and a half in hawaii and did as the locals did -'kick back, relax and hang loose'! the highlights were doing the kalalau trail and seeing the beautiful beaches on the north shore of kauai - we cant wait untill we can go back!
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