Just chillin' on a cloudy day

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We woke up to a cloudy day

Can you believe it’s cloudy?!?! I have had Honolulu weather displayed on my computer at work every day for two years and it’s hardly ever cloudy, but today it’s cloudy. Never mind, cloudy day in paradise, it’s still paradise. :)
 

There is not much on the agenda for today, we are moving hotels, I had booked us into the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani for our entire stay, but because we decided to leave a day early chose to rough it for the night at the Sheraton Waikiki.
 

We headed down for breakfast in the restaurant by the pool The Ocean Terrace, where I enjoyed half a papaya with a wedge of lemon, and Mel had poached eggs with hash brown and a slice of pineapple and of course, both of us enjoyed a cup or two of delicious Kona coffee.

My yummy breakfast
The outdoor terrace was a wonderful spot to enjoy the morning, with a fantastic view of Diamond Head. We sat and enjoyed the view for a while before heading back up to the room to pack for our move down the road to the Kaiulani.
 

As soon as we had settled into our digs for the rest of the week, Mel realised she had left something behind in the other hotel, so we walked back to get it. Once retrieved we stopped for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, you may be surprised to learn there is more on their menu than cheesecake, but boy is there a lot of cheesecake. 

 
After our thoroughly enjoyable meal at which we didn’t try any of the cheesecake, although we promise to come back even if it was just for the cheesecake, it was on to a shop Mel was keen to leave some of her money behind with.

Just gorgeous
In the shopping centre I discovered a wonderful little ukulele shop, where as much as I would have loved to buy one of their gorgeous creations, I settled for a CD of music by local Hawaiian man Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (say that three times quickly). His music is very lovely and I highly recommend having a listen if you get the chance, my new CD has not been back in its cover since I arrived home.
 

During our walk back to the hotel, we stopped at all the shops along the main road at Waikiki, Macy’s for a new pair of swimmers, and another shop for some different nail polish colours; with names like ‘Hawaiian Orchid’, ‘An Affair in Red Square’ and ‘Nice Colour eh?’ it was hard not to buy them just for the names. We finally made it back to our room to unload our purchases and get ready for dinner. We had decided after our big lunch at the cheesecake factory we would go light and head back to the Mai Tai bar for the Mahi-mahi I had last night - oh, and a cocktail or two.
 

We made our way back to the hotel via the beach and the Moana Surfrider Hotel where we sat on the front veranda in the rocking chairs enjoying the ambiance on this fine Hawaiian evening.

tvillingmarit says:
I would love to have "An Affair in Red Square" both as a polish and........
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
Oh no, I was being facetious, the Waikiki is rated higher than the Kaiulani by about ½ a star.

This is just one slice of paradise Rudolph, wait until you see the rest of it. :)
Posted on: Jun 12, 2008
Sweetski says:
I never knew paradise had so many hotels and high rises :) And don''t tell me the waikiki only has three stars, as I know you consider three star hotels 'roughing it' ;)
Posted on: Jun 12, 2008
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We woke up to a cloudy day
We woke up to a cloudy day
My yummy breakfast
My yummy breakfast
Just gorgeous
Just gorgeous
Early morning surfers
Early morning surfers
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Sitting on the balcony welcoming …
Even on a cloudy day, the sun bak…
Even on a cloudy day, the 'sun ba…
Breakfast by the pool
Breakfast by the pool
Other breakfast guests
Other breakfast guests
Heading for the beach
Heading for the beach
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Enjoying the view while enjoying …
Mels breakfast - what does it loo…
Mel's breakfast - what does it lo…
Turtles in the foyer of the Sherat…
Turtles in the foyer of the Shera…
Ummm... Aloha
Ummm... Aloha
Carvings at the entrance to The Ha…
Carvings at the entrance to The H…
Sunflower checking out - its a sh…
Sunflower checking out - it's a s…
Rescue me
Rescue me
Now we are at our home for the res…
Now we are at our home for the re…
Speak to any self respecting Austr…
Speak to any self respecting Aust…
Workers taking a break
Workers taking a break
The entrance to... now what hotel …
The entrance to... now what hotel…
No matter where you are, surfboard…
No matter where you are, surfboar…
Sunflower picking up some tips.
Sunflower picking up some tips.
The sign in the lift changed three…
The sign in the lift changed thre…
Back at the Mai Tai Bar
Back at the Mai Tai Bar
From the Mai Tai Bar
From the Mai Tai Bar
Everything is pink at the pink pal…
Everything is pink at the pink pa…
My Royal Hawaiian cocktail, cheers…
My Royal Hawaiian cocktail, cheer…
Drinking cocktails in the Mai Tai …
Drinking cocktails in the Mai Tai…
Mels Mai Tai - she didnt like it
Mel's Mai Tai - she didn't like it
Moonrise over Waikiki
Moonrise over Waikiki
Sunflower getting stuck in
Sunflower getting stuck in
Moonrise over Waikiki
Moonrise over Waikiki
The moon is still rising
The moon is still rising
Someones had too much
Someone's had too much
This view just kept getting better…
This view just kept getting bette…
Mel deciding whether to have anoth…
Mel deciding whether to have anot…
It was the perfect evening
It was the perfect evening
Playing around with my camera, the…
Playing around with my camera, th…
Pink awnings at the Pink Palace
Pink awnings at the Pink Palace
The Banyan tree at the Moana Surfr…
The Banyan tree at the Moana Surf…
The display window of my favourite…
The display window of my favourit…
The Moana Surfrider has rocking ch…
The Moana Surfrider has rocking c…
From my rocking chair
From my rocking chair
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