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View of Waikiki Beach from our room

The pool

The chef at the Cafe in our hotel BBQing - chicken, ribs,...

Progressive sunset...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three storey oceanarium in our dining room

International Market Place

Another pretty day in paradise

Pigeon on our deck

Surfers as seen from the Blue Line Trolley

Diamond Head Mesquite Trees

Inside Diamond Head Crater - the trail has two sets of stairs...

On the road to Sea Life Park - hikers going up the...

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Unknown little birds

Pacific Golden Plover

Hanauma Bay snorkelers

Hala or tourist pineapple

The Halona Blow Hole Viewpoint

 

 

Makapu'u Lighthouse

Makapu'u Beach

Another hiking trail

More surf

Houses perched on the side of a mountain

We would have allowed our kids to play soccer in Hawai'i!

Where we stayed in 2003

Ala Wai Canal - NO SWIMMING!

Korean and Vietnam war memorial

Capitol Building, Honolulu

The White House of Hawaii

Dog the Bounty Hunter's Office

Entrance to Foster Botanical Gardens

Another Buddhist Temple

Church

King Kamehameha in front of the Supreme Court Building

 

 

This is the marina in Honolulu where the SS Minow launched

A shortcut we didn't take

Hula statues in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Pink hedge

The only cardio we got in Waikiki


Upon arrival in Honolulu airport, we bought a return ticket on a Roberts of Hawaii bus. This bus took us right to our hotel, the Pacific Beach, and we arranged for it to pick us up on our last day as well ($15 each roundtrip). The view from our room was spectacular and the sun was out and the air was warm, but not too hot. It was so much fun watching the people.

We decided to investigate the trolley system. It is a $2 charge to get on - so if you get off you pay $2 each time to get back on. That first day we spent $12 getting on. So the next day we went to the ticket booth to see about a multi-day pass - $52. We paid for it and then happened to mention that we were leaving Monday so we would only get two day's use out of it. She said there was a deal on that for $30 each you could get a two day pass (this was the usual cost of a one day pass). So we did! Saturday we rode the Blue Line which goes East of Waikiki out to Sea Life Park. There were a few stops along the way. The nicest was at Haunama Bay a famous place for snorkelers. At the top of the road, it said the parking lot was full so if we'd had our own car, we couldn't have stopped. However, the trolley could go right to the commercial lot. There was a great view, lots of birds and also a bathroom. We also stopped at the Blow Hole for more pictures. Sunday we took the Red Line which went West of Waikiki. It was a great way to see the city.

We are not beach people. We love to have the water to look at but for the third trip to Hawaii we did not go any lie in the sun on the beach. We did a fair bit of walking, checking out the beautiful Royal Hawaiian (also for the third time). While out walking on Friday, we went to the International Market Place to see if Coconut Willy's was still there - it was closed and looked like it was condemned. They used to have great Mai Tais and entertainment. We were directed to an address down on Beach Walk. Turns out it didn't open until 7 pm so no happy hour! While there we started talking to two guys that were trying to hook people into a tour/demonstration of Wyndham Properties. We were offered two free lunches at the Outrigger on the Beach as well as $100 Beach Bucks to be spent at participating merchants. We went for lunch then went to the presentation. It was supposed to be 90 mins but lasted close to 3 hours. Our salesperson was very disappointed when we didn't buy and we had to pass through two more people before we could get our Beach Bucks and leave.

We discovered a nice little country bar called Nashville Wakiki and had many Mai Tais there every day. We ended up spending our Beach Bucks there on T-shirts and drinks. We spent the rest of our Beach Bucks at Jimmy Buffett's for lunch.

Overall a nice relaxing holiday. We love Hawaii! Next time Kaui...

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