I've really tried to edit myself with the pictures, but there are just so many that I want to share with all of you. This is just a preview, as I'll probably be doing a day-by-day breakdown when I get back and have time to sit down. We have been going, going, going and have hardly been in our hotel room except to sleep. Hawaii is absolutely amazing, and I'm so glad we have 5 more days to explore!
We arrived last Thursday, and this rainbow was waiting for us outside of our hotel room!
We went a *little* crazy with the Hawaiian outfits! Keep in mind this is for four people - C, me, my Mom, and my Dad...
Going out for drinks on the first night.
On Friday morning, we walked to Cream Pot, a restaurant I heard about while doing research. It was the cutest place I've ever seen...very Anthropologie-like, and the food was AMAZING!
Spotted at Cream Pot: a lady wearing Lilly!
My breakfast! Banana french toast with salted caramel sauce...delicious!
On Saturday morning, Mom bought me my first real lei. It was so pretty and smelled like perfume.
We all went to the Aloha Flea Market. Fun, but hot, hot, hot. The solution? Shave ice!
C and I were excited to get to go to Hanauma Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Oahu. The snorkeling is really good here, and we swam with a Hawaiian sea turtle (a honu), which was awesome!
On our bus ride back to the hotel from Hanauma Bay, we saw Puka Dog! Very yummy and unique hot dogs.
On Sunday morning, C and I hiked up Diamond Head and got a 360 degree view of the island.
After our hike, we ate at Rainbow Drive-In, a local favorite!
We did a little shopping at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts. Can you see me??! :)
After a busy day, we stopped in at Arnold's Beach Bar for a drink. My dad comes to Hawaii every year for business, and this is one of his hangouts!
We are staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and we have our own lagoon!
On Monday night, we went to a fabulous luau at the Hale Koa Hotel.
On Tuesday morning, we went on a submarine tour. We were 108 feet below, and we went even lower to 118 feet! We saw a black tip reef shark, sea turtles, barracudas, spotted eagle rays, and lots of other little sea creatures.
Our tower (the hotel has 4) - the Grand Waikikian.
On Tuesday night, we went on a sunset dinner cruise, the Navatek I!
After the cruise, C and I went back to Arnold's for a couple of drinks. It's about a half mile walk from our hotel so we've spent a lot of time there!
Here's the view from our balcony at nighttime.
On Wednesday, we went back to Hanauma Bay and snorkeled some more. We saw dozens of different fish and also swam with about 4 or 5 different sea turtles!
After snorkeling, C and I made our way to Kona Brewing Company for a drink.
The restaurant was on a marina so we had a great view!
Like I said, a lot of pictures!
Today, we have our surfing lesson and I'm a little nervous! Hopefully I make it out alive!
I hope all of you are having a great week! I haven't had a chance to check on all of you, but I'll be sure to read your blogs once I get back.
A hui hou kakou!