Matt plans on eating like locals and when the morning’s downpour had turned into a warm blowing mist we set off in search of
Another great reason to love
At sunset we shared a leisurely scenic drive back…. it started pouring a half mile from our hotel; making it easy to come indoors, pull back the curtains, open the balcony doors, climb into bed and drift off to the scents and sounds of Waikiki blowing in.
I spent the afternoon along the shore with the sea all around and sand underfoot (Matt had demos at Kaiser). Unable to resist the gentle waves of
We sat down (at that perfect hour between daylight and darkness) for yummy fish tacos at Dukes Barefoot Bar. The view there is amazing… with the surf crashing before us we watched the evening sun go down behind the sea in a welter of liquid gold’s and reds. As the light gradually altered and the colors changed,
The new route for morning’s run along the coast = up a small mountain overlooking the ocean. The reward = the views from the peak; where the land falls away on all sides and sudden, unexpected, breathtaking views reveal themselves J.
The snorkeling at
After a yummy sushi dinner we enjoyed a gorgeous
My favorite coffee drink (an apricot soy latte from Coffee Bean in case you want to bring me one) was delivered by my most favorite person before I could even getout of bed! (Life is REALLY good!)
Our first visit to the Dole Plantation started with a train ride, where we learned all about the history of the pineapple, and ended with Koa wood souvenirs and dole whips! We also learned how to cut our own pineapple boats (½, ¼, hollow out, cut into small pieces, insert toothpicks).
One of the trips highlights =
We took the long route home and stopped off at one of the many Shrimp Carts. I highly recommend them… but DO NOT go into their bathrooms (you may catch an unknown incurable disease). Back in
Matt had a busy work day…. so I went to the beach solo (I was really torn up about it). Given that my ribs had not yet recovered from surfing, I decided to try paddle-boarding…. LOVED it! (Matt if you need Christmas present ideas….) I never could quite manage to paddle into a wave and remain standing upright, but with a 10 foot board, I was fantastic on my knees… The locals prolly got a good laugh at the silly girl who kept throwing her paddle in the air victoriously as she caught her baby waves practically sitting down…. J It was SO fun!
Almost the entire day was spent with Matt on the beach! J We started by renting chairs and paddleboards (Matt picked it up right away, so now we must buy one…) and decided to close out the day kayaking. As we paddled out to get past the breaks, waves kept crashing over the front, soaking me from head to toe. We did catch ourselves a few waves (which was a hoot) and Matt managed to hit me in the head twice with his paddle. None-the-less, a day in the ocean with my baby = Spectacular!When we returned the kayak, we learned that we were “in the wrong part of the ocean” 95% of the time and that we could’ve “incurred fines”…. (It’s not like there were oceanic traffic signs out there…. who knew?) After a long afternoon nap we stuffed ourselves at Dukes once more. Sadly, it was time to pack up, return the rental car, down Dramamine and (regrettably) board the turbulence filled red eye….