Aloha and welcome to my Hawaii Vacation Trip Report! This was a very special trip for me, since it was my first time to the beautiful islands of Hawaii and I would like to share my experiences with you all.
August 30th, 2009:
I was eating Cheerios at this time! 30ish more minutes until we were about to head out to LAX.
Getting through the security checkpoint was a breeze, probably due to the fact that there was no one at the airport. We made to our Gate! (72)
After two and a half hours of waiting, we were finally on the plane to go to Honolulu! The excitement was killing us.
And after a 5 hour flight, we landed in Honolulu! Because we booked through AAA/Pleasant Holidays, we were given transportation from the airport to our hotel.
Here's where we stayed:
Since our room wasn't exactly ready by the time we arrived, we ended up going to the International Marketplace for some food. Thankfully, it was a walk across the street!
This tree was SO cool looking.
Yes, I thought of all of you MCers when I took this photo. Sadly, I didn't get any from the stand since I was full from an amazing Hawaiian BBQ Burger.
After lunch, we went back to our hotel and found out that our room was ready! Yay! Didn't get a picture of it, but here's the view from our room.
Time for some awesome beach time!
Shawn (Pacman) was really excited to be sitting on Waikiki's soft sand.
The waters in Hawaii are SO MUCH NICER than California's. They're warmer, clearer, and you can actually see the sand beneath you while you swim.
After swimming for a good hour or so, my mom, Shawn, and I fell asleep to Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" that was being played by a fantastic live band at Duke's (if you're an OC local but more on the lines of Huntington Beach, then you should know what Duke's is). After we woke up, we headed back to our hotel room and watched the sunset.
August 31st, 2009:
Since we booked our trip through AAA/Pleasant Holidays, we were given a complimentary breakfast with an orientation about what was to be offered on the mini-island of Oahu. On the way there, my family and I had a little bit of fun inside the mall where the orientation was offered.
This is why we're hot!
The breakfast was good, and Pleasant Holidays helped us book everything we wanted to see and do while we were here. A couple hours afterward, we decided to go up to Diamond Head. We called our friend Paul who lives near Hanauma Bay and asked if he wanted to join us. He said yes, and offered to take us on a mini tour on the way!
Hibiscus, Hawaii's state flower.
Paul picked us up and we were on our way. We stopped to take photos near about halfway up to Diamond Head.
You can kind of see it, but it's baby Mongoose!
Wind surfing looks like so much fun.
We have arrived at our destination and I was(not) ready for the awesome hike of .7 miles and 760ft upward!
We found a plumeria tree!
The starting point... If you look up toward the top of the photo, there's a point with a little building... That's where we were headed. Ugh.
This is the view from the halfway point.
We had to walk through a dark tunnel, and then up 99 steep steps to meet more stairs. Here's the elevation when we reached step 97. Elevation when we started was about 16 (I think).
More stairs.... Boooooooo!
AND WE MADE IT TO THE TOP WOOHOO! I ALMOST DIED BUT I DIDN'T! WOOHOO!
Our hotel is to the right of the pink hotel.
As you can see, the water here is many different shades of blue and green.... And not just yucky green likes some California waters.
Here's Paul with that tunnel I told you about.
So after spending about an hour and a half at the top of the mountain, we headed back down, got a shave ice, and started to go back to the Outrigger. This cute little cardinal was drinking the water on the pavement.
August 31st... TO BE CONTINUED
(yes, you will want to see the rest of this day because it's the sunset I will be showing you!)