Living on Hawaiian Time

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East side of Oahu
We went shopping along the streets of Waikiki today. The first thing you notice about this area, it is kind of hard not to notice, are all of the ABC Stores. There is one on every corner, sometimes 2 or 3! This is your basic souvenir shop with some tourist necessities, clothes, food, water, towels, swimsuits medicine, etc.

Once we got past the ABC Stores we ventured in and out of the many little malls along the streets. Everybody is very polite and friendly, all part of that Aloha Spirit.

Emilia purchased a silk dress from a nice girl that was doing a summer work/internship from Poland. These little kiosks that are everywhere are not the best deals but mostly are manned from non native Hawaiians.
Sailing and surfing
They tend to be foreign college students working the summer months in Hawaii. Strike up a conversation with one of them, it makes for an interesting day.

I bought some sandals and a few souvenirs. We walked over to the Moana Surfrider Hotel. This was the first hotel in Hawaii, built in 1901, now refurbished and owned by Sheraton. A beautiful hotel with a gorgeous view of the beach and ocean. It is also the only hotel ever to sink a ship. Google it!

While in the hotel, there was a young Japanese couple getting married. It appeared it was just the couple and their parents. They were taking group shots in the lobby of the hotel. I offered to take some photos for them, so that they could all be in the photo. They were very appreciative. We saw many weddings at this hotel during the time we stayed in Waikiki.

Late afternoon we decided to take a drive to the east side of Oahu, near Diamond Head.
Long exposure shot of Waikiki Beach
We quickly found out that every side of the island is different. During this short drive, we saw that this is where most of the people on the island live, some very beautiful homes in this area.

We stopped at a Kapiolani Beach Park near the Aquarium to wait for the sunset. We had heard this was the spot to be for the sunsets. Many sunset dinner cruise boats were out in the ocean, we also saw at least 150 surfers and even one guy who was swimming back and forth along the beach. I got tired just watching him.

Again it was a little cloudy, but we were able to get a few good shots of the sunset. The colors are amazing here.

We just sat back and took it all in. Enjoying the fresh breeze off of the ocean. Basking in the disappearing sun. The smell of salt in the air. No rush to go anywhere, no need for anything other than the company of each other. This is what Hawaiian Time is all about. It will get done when it gets done.
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East side of Oahu
East side of Oahu
Sailing and surfing
Sailing and surfing
Long exposure shot of Waikiki Beach
Long exposure shot of Waikiki Beach
Palm trees near the Aquarium
Palm trees near the Aquarium
Sea wall along the Kapiolani Beach…
Sea wall along the Kapiolani Beac…
A girl waiting on the sunset
A girl waiting on the sunset
The Royal Hawaiian hotel, cant mi…
The Royal Hawaiian hotel, can't m…
The obligatory couple in front of …
The obligatory couple in front of…
Yeah, I could live here...
Yeah, I could live here...
One of the sunset cruise boats out…
One of the sunset cruise boats ou…
Emilia modeling her new dress
Emilia modeling her new dress
Makes me want to go back
Makes me want to go back
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