View from our balcony.
One thing I never adjusted to was the five hour time difference. I believe most would feel I am lucky to gain five hours, but I never took the advantage. If I ever go back to Hawaii, or anywhere else where I am a similar situation, I will take the time to nap a day or two. A nap may seem annoying to take and that it takes away the opportunity to see things on vacation, but it'll make the rest of the vacation better, especially for the nightlife. - I was able to force my boyfriend to start our day at about 8:40am. I'd been wanting to go for a while, but then again, I was stuck on US Central time.
Before leaving the hotel room I took a look around the view from our balcony.
A more in depth view of the city from our balcony.
Our room overlooked the city of Waikiki
. We did not have the best view, but it was not horrible. The night before it looked beautiful and when the city is light up it really is pretty. In the day time the view from our balcony was nice. Looking out I saw the city and beyond that was beautiful scenery. The only downfall was looking straight down and seeing the industrial roof tops.
This was the day for shopping. I am a Shopaholic as most people coin my type. Some would say I am an obsessed shopper. I look at shopping as a past time that I enjoy. Sure, a lot of people would not consider shopping a hobby or past time, but I look at it like this- It's something I enjoy doing, I do it often, but not every day.
The industrial looking roof tops right below our room.
I believe it takes passion to be a true shopper (and a good one too) and it's something I love to do when I can. Do I like golf? -No. Is it a past time for many for the same reasons shopping is for me? -Yes. - We went to the Pearlridge mall, which is in the city of Aiea
and is part of the Pearlridge Center. The Pearlridge Center is actually more than just the mall, it includes the shopping centers near by and the restaurants around them; basically, it's the whole “hub” that is the Center. There are two buildings to the Pearlridge mall. I like the bigger side better or the side known as the “Uptown” mall, because the stores are better. This mall was not great though. I was not that impressed by the selection. I did really enjoy the seeing the unique stores to Hawaii.
You could see people playing tennis on a roof from our room.
It was amazing to see that all surf brands that are on the mainland only in Pac Sun (Pacific Sunwear) are in their own brand stores. There are also many Hawaiian only chains with clothes and brands only found in Hawaii. In a lot of ways, Hawaii kind of feels like it's own separate world.
I was on the hunt for a bathing suit, because somehow I had forgotten mine. There always has to be one thing that I forget on a trip! -Unfortunately. I had no luck in finding my size or something affordable at the Pearlridge Mall. We went back to our hotel room to get ready to go out to dinner with a couple that were friends with my boyfriend -Blake & Melanie. We had about an hour by the time we arrived back to our room, so we walked down through Waikiki in search of a bathing suit.
The pretty scenery from our balcony.
The stores along the streets of Waikiki branch out from local tourist trap shops to designer labels, of course these stores are separated. Our hotel was at the end of Paoakalani Ave and at the end of the street was Kalakaua Avenue, but it was about a good 15 minute walk down to the real good shops on Kalakaua and farther than that to get to the designer names. Well, we had no luck with anything fitting me, really, in any kind of shop.
We walked back down and took a cab to the Yard House, which is a restaurant famous for it's selection of over 130 beers, in fact I think there is something like 133 kinds; it is the largest selection in the world. I skipped partaking in the beer and I was not crazy about the menu. The presentation of the chicken and potato dish I had was nice, but I only ended up eating the potatoes.
My lei survived the night!
We had two good appetizers though- Onion Ring Tower and Lobster, Crab & Artichoke Dip. I think it was the appetizers that filled us up.
That night we went out around 9:00pm to Zanzabar, located on Kuhio Avenue. It was a ways from our hotel, so we took a cab. Zanzabar is decorated in Egyptian décor. The actual club is upstairs, although the entrance is downstairs on the main level when you walk in off the street. After going up the stairs inside there is the main club to the right and a smaller bar to the left. The main club has a bar on the right at the top of the stairs and the dance floor is in the center with tables, chairs, and seating around. The DJ is located in a booth to the right corner of the room and is actually inside a mini room with glass around.
There are more tables and places to sit behind the DJ booth area; really can't see much from the seating against the wall, but there is nice privacy there. The smaller part of the club, behind the seating for the main area has a small dance floor that plays different kind music from the main club; seemed to be older stuff and there is a small DJ stand. There is a bar in the center and the food is made in a back room behind there. I would say for my first time to Zanzabar I enjoyed it. The club played 80's and 90's music in the early night before anyone was really there and then played today's hits as the night went on. Though the women there were dressed up, they were not stuck up like you see a lot on the main land and back in Texas. I don't really know how much we paid to get in, because my boyfriend was able to put us on the VIP list and we came early, so it was only $5 each. The waitresses inside were very nice and attentive. I enjoyed the company a lot. We went with some of my boyfriend's boat mates- Shaun, Micah, and Gregg. I was pretty drunk and sleepy by the end of the night.