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Our first Hawaiian sunrise

Ahhhhh...

 

I feel so happy to be returning to one of my favourite places on Earth.

 

We left Sydney at 7:45pm on Sunday 18th May and arrived over 9 hours later into Honolulu at 9:30am on the same day. The reason we could arrive before we left is time travel. That’s right, we gained a whole 24 hours in a split second, and on the way home, we would lose a whole 24 hours in a split second too. It’s called the International Date Line. :)

 

The flight took us north east over the Pacific Ocean, across Fiji and most of Polynesia into the glorious sunrise that would welcome our first day in Hawaii.

Waiting for the Wiki Wiki
 The lines were long at immigration as a few flights arrived at the same time, so we stood around for ages waiting to officially enter the US of A. Good news though, they let us in. :) They took our photos and scanned our fingerprints and we went up to wait for the Wiki Wiki, the bus that would take us to where our bags would eventually come out on the carousel.

 

Once out of the airport, we hopped in a taxi and took a ride to our hotel, the gorgeous Sheraton Waikiki hotel that sits high above the beach right on Waikiki overlooking the glorious Pacific Ocean.

 

Unfortunately, our room wasn’t quite ready but the front desk staff gave us a voucher for lunch at one of the hotel restaurants, so we went and sat by the pool and enjoyed a delicious sandwich and cold fruit juice, before making our way back to the reception desk to get our key and find our room.

The fabulous view from our room

 

What a pretty sight it was that welcomed us when we walked in the room, nothing but Pacific blue as far as the eye can see, actually a few shades of pacific blue to be precise. We stood on the balcony for a while just soaking up the view before settling in and getting the lay of our room.

 

The room was something to write home about, not the size, that was standard for a hotel room, it was the view, and the way the room was designed to make the most of the view. We could see the beautiful view from the bathroom and even from within the shower. Built within the wall between the main room and the bathroom were two folding doors, that when opened let you enjoy the view from every conceivable angle in the bathroom. It was brilliant.

 

After getting familiar with the room and the beautiful view from the room, it was off to the beach for a walk.

The lovely bride
The first thing we saw was a wedding on the beach in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The bride looked lovely, but if it had have been me, I probably would have gone barefoot, it would have felt more romantic than getting sand in my little shoes, which is probably what happened to this lady in white. I was to learn there are approximately 13 weddings a day in Waikiki, and 90% of those, Japanese couples who take the trip over the north Pacific for their nuptials.

 

We made our way back to the hotel where Mel wanted to go for a swim in the pool; I occupied myself by taking a handful of photos along the beach by the hotel, and then met back up with Mel at the pool where the hotel staff was setting up a large screen to show a movie. We discussed watching the movie, but both of us were hungry and I wanted a cocktail.

Cinema by the pool
I could have had a cocktail out by the pool but it would have been in a plastic cup, and I wanted my first cocktail to be in a proper glass, so we took ourselves off to an old familiar stomping ground for me �" the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian.

 

I ordered an old favourite, a piña colada and just as I was about to take my first sip, the band stated to play the Piña Colada song. So, Mel and I made a toast and settled in to enjoy our evening. I had a fantastic meal here too, it was a Mahi-mahi dish, Mel ordered the nachos, and when her meal arrived, I remember thinking it was enough to feed a small third world country and how the heck is she going to get through it all. My Mahi-mahi, was the perfect size and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I enjoyed it so much that we came back a second time and both Mel and I ordered it, although I have to say I didn’t enjoy it as much the second time, it must have been a different chef, because the whole meal was prepared differently.

Waikiki Beach from the Mai Tai Bar

 

After enjoying our meals, well I enjoyed my meal, Mel said hers was not very nice, we wondered into the hotel to have a sticky beak and take a few photos, and then headed back to our hotel for a well-earned rest. I was happy to sleep with the door to the balcony open and listen to the sound of the surf all night long, but Mel woke in the middle of the night and closed the door as she said she got cold. I found this funny because we had both come from places with temperatures in the single digits, to the balmy Hawaiian weather where the days didn’t drop below 29 degrees C. I slept like a baby and woke with joy the next morning to my first full day in paradise.

Sunflower300 says:
Thanks for reading everyone. I appreciate your comments.
Cheers
Elke
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
scubagirl76 says:
great blog, and all the pics are wonderful!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
cptgirlSA says:
Oh wow...this blog just gives me so much more reason to visit Hawaii, my dream destination :)Good job!
Posted on: Jun 13, 2008
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Our first Hawaiian sunrise
Our first Hawaiian sunrise
Waiting for the Wiki Wiki
Waiting for the Wiki Wiki
The fabulous view from our room
The fabulous view from our room
The lovely bride
The lovely bride
Cinema by the pool
Cinema by the pool
Waikiki Beach from the Mai Tai Bar
Waikiki Beach from the Mai Tai Bar
I know its dark, but it was the f…
I know it's dark, but it was the …
On a wing and a prayer. See the li…
On a wing and a prayer. See the l…
Even in the dark it looked pretty
Even in the dark it looked pretty
Now I see the light.
Now I see the light.
Chanel one for the video
Chanel one for the video
Most people are still sleeping
Most people are still sleeping
Even in the Aloha state, the freew…
Even in the Aloha state, the free…
Gorgeous tree
Gorgeous tree
I was in a cab
I was in a cab
Cute burger place, I never ate her…
Cute burger place, I never ate he…
Pool by the ocean
Pool by the ocean
Mel on our balcony - it looks like…
Mel on our balcony - it looks lik…
Our room
Our room
What I saw while lying on my bed
What I saw while lying on my bed
Just in case we forgot where we we…
Just in case we forgot where we w…
More of the gorgeous view from our…
More of the gorgeous view from ou…
Soooo pretty
Soooo pretty
Popular activity in Waikiki
Popular activity in Waikiki
Still on the balcony
Still on the balcony
What a nice way to spend the day
What a nice way to spend the day
Aloha Hawaii
Aloha Hawaii
The view from our bathroom
The view from our bathroom
Standing in the shower enjoying th…
Standing in the shower enjoying t…
Dusk from the balcony
Dusk from the balcony
On average there are 13 weddings a…
On average there are 13 weddings …
The Royal Hawaiian
The Royal Hawaiian
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do...
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do...
Abandoned bike
Abandoned bike
A boy and his bike
A boy and his bike
He didnt like me taking photos of…
He didn't like me taking photos o…
The Beachside Bar at the Moana Sur…
The Beachside Bar at the Moana Su…
Moana Surfrider - where I stayed l…
Moana Surfrider - where I stayed …
Twilight on Waikiki
Twilight on Waikiki
Just bobbing away in the Pacific O…
Just bobbing away in the Pacific …
Moana Surfrider
Moana Surfrider
Moana Surfrider
Moana Surfrider
Flowers by a doorway
Flowers by a doorway
Building Sandcastles in the twilig…
Building Sandcastles in the twili…
Boy on the beach
Boy on the beach
Twilight on Waikiki
Twilight on Waikiki
Waikiki waves
Waikiki waves
Everyone had the same idea
Everyone had the same idea
The moon over Diamond Head
The moon over Diamond Head
RumFire fire pits
RumFire fire pits
The dot in the sky to the left of …
The dot in the sky to the left of…
Diamond Head
Diamond Head
Sheraton Waikiki Pool
Sheraton Waikiki Pool
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
Sunset from the balcony
Sunset from the balcony
Movies by the pool
Movies by the pool
Pretty sunset
Pretty sunset
Poolside bar
Poolside bar
The green glow is the ocean by the…
The green glow is the ocean by th…
Yeah, the Mai Tai Bar
Yeah, the Mai Tai Bar
Looking down the beach
Looking down the beach
The moon over Waikiki
The moon over Waikiki
Mel powdering her nose
Mel powdering her nose
Waikiki
photo by: mrgishi