Hawaii ’07: Day 2

Waikiki Travel Blog

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Diamond Head Crater as seen from Waikiki Beach

Got up at a reasonable time today, about 7 I think. Walked down to the main drag of Waikiki and found some breakfast at Wolfgang Puck Express. A great breakfast sandwich and coffee for about 8 bucks. Took it down to the beach, sat down and watched the sun come up over Diamond Head. Nice way to start the day. Bought some supplies at the ever-present ABC store (seriously, they're EVERYwhere). Cleaned up at the hotel, packed a bag and decided to explore Waikiki. Walked up the main drag, met Eric the surfer who talked to me about lessons, other than that, lots of shopping available but not my thing, so I headed over to the beach. Decided to follow the beach as far as I could westward.

Me in front of Diamond Head on Waikiki Beach
Took and had my picture taken in front of beach with diamond head in background. Spoke Japanese to real Japanese people for the first time when I offered to take their (a few Japanese ladies') picture. Got to the end of Waikiki and turned around. Decided it was time for lunch so I stopped in at Duke's Canoe Club. The food network and travel channel and books all raved about it. I agree. The turkey/avocado sandwich was awesome and the beer (slung by bartender Duncan) was pretty good too. The atmosphere is laid back, friendly and warm. Can't beat it. After lunch, continued walking down the beach towards Diamond Head. Talked to Nate on the phone in front of the statue of Duke Kahanomoku, which was funny. Marveled at the Banyan trees and kept walking and taking in the scenery, which never gets old.
Hibiscus in front of Duke's Canoe Club
Decided that I needed to find Leonard's for the malasadas and Waiola Shave Ice. Sat down in front of Aquarium to look at my map and a jogger stopped and asked if I needed directions anywhere: they really are friendlier here. So I backtracked a bit and started walking towards my afternoon treats. Passed a gas station and surprised to find that regular is only 3.03 per gallon. Not cheap, but I expected worse. First snack was the shave-ice. It really is better than a snow cone, but still not anything to write home about. This place was recommended but the service was anything but friendly, kinda surprising. Kept heading Mauka (towards the mountain) to find Leonard's. After a LONG walk I found it. An old guy with a long beard outside the shop complimented me on mine.
Diamond Head Crater as seen from Waikiki Beach
Headed in and got an original and a coconut creme filled malasada. The original was worth all the hype, the filled not so much. Started the long walk back with very sore feet. Got to the beach and soaked the tired dogs in the salt water. Hobbled back to the hotel and relaxed a bit, trying to decide where to have dinner and what to do tomorrow. Had dinner at the highly recommended Legend Seafood. I had Sauteed seafood in a taro root nest. It was delicious and I couldn't agree more with the recommendation. Decided to do Bus tour of island tomorrow (no more walking) and headed to the bar after a little more R&R. Found a great Irish pub called Kelly O'neil's. Had a few pints of Guinness (at 6.50 a pop) and talked with an army guy named Eric. Had lots of great things to say about life on Oahu, especially the North Shore. Decided to crash a bit early and try to get an early start tomorrow.

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Me in front of Diamond Head on Wai…
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