I woke up at to catch a flight out of Phoenix's SkyHarborAirport at . I'm in no way an early riser and especially on four hours of sleep.
Anyway, I made it to the airport on time and had a tasty breakfast burrito near my gate for Hawaiian Airlines. My goal was to sleep the majority of my flight....and that’s exactly what I did...Mission Accomplished! My flight arrived late. I was the first one to arrive followed by Virginia and Sue. Our gracious host greeted all of us with authentic Hawaiian leis. My lei was made of Kukui nuts and shells...very manly! ..lol and the girls were made of flowers.
Virginia went of her way and picked up her rental and Keith took Sue and I to our hotels. I stayed at the Waikiki Hotel Resort located on Koa Ave just across the street from the beach. I unpacked and decided to call Sue who was staying not in a hotel somewhat close to mine. Sue's room wasn't quite ready so we decided to meet up and hang out. We met up at the International market place which was centrally located on Kalakaua Ave just down the street from both our hotels.
We walked around the market place where browsed though shops and stands with thousands of Hawaiian souvenirs and foods.
The Duke Statue
We took a picture by a cascading waterfall under a century-old banyan, original home of Donn the Beachcomber. I was hungry so we walked to the International Food Court. There was so much to choose from; Chinese, Korean BBQ, Philippine, Japanese... etc. We decided to eat Filipino food. Chicken skewers and Noodles with vegetables (Pancit).
While Sue was waiting for Wendy to arrive to the room, we took a walk. During my walk to the International Market Place I noticed the aroma of coffee emanating from the Moana Surfrider Hotel. The smell was intoxicating so I begged Sue to get some coffee with me. The Honolulu Coffee Company is located inside the hotel facing the street. I had the Kona Blend with Macadamia Nut and Coconut Syrup with a splash of cream... Yum!
We continued our walk along the beach and took pictures by the Duke Statue on WaikikiBeach. We than parted ways and got ready for our first dinner at Tiki's Grill and Bar located just a walk from my hotel.
I arrive at Tiki's and hung out with Keith till others arrive. The restuarant is on the second floor which has a great view of the ocean. I was able to meet up with more travbuddies including Sara, Marianne, Christian, Wendy, Lola, Sue, Keith, and Virgina. We had great food and conversation. I ordered the Hawaiian Ahi poke (p0+kay). We then concluded our night with some drinks and dancing at the Red Lion Bar. A great start to an awesome trip!