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Waikiki Beach

I love going to Hawaii, and going twice in a year is even better. Maybe this is a habit I need to start. This trip was more about getting together with friends and getting to know the local area more than it was about sightseeing, and it was such fun to do. I met up with Keith (aloha_keith) and Cherry (nanipu)and Gans (Gans) from TB as well as some of my own friends who live there.

When I flew in to Honolulu, I saw a beautiful, very colorful rainbow. This was my first time seeing a rainbow as I flew into Hawaii, so I took it as a sign of a great trip to come.

When I got there it was raining and not too hot, though definitely warmer than CA.

Meet up with Gans
I adapt pretty quick though, and was actually cold my first night sleeping there and wore a jacket to bed! Ha ha. My hostel provided me a thin blanket with lots of open weaves in it, so that probably didn't help. My first week was filled with rain, pretty decent winds, overcast clouds and overall cool weather. I was a little worried and wished I had brought my sweatshirt, but the next week it cleared up and got sunny and warm again. Yeah~!

I stayed at a youth hostel (Waikiki Backpackers Penthouse Youth Hostel) that I really loved and had such fun at the first week, then went up to the North Shore the 2nd week, which I had never stayed extensively at, and in the Makiki area the 3rd week.

Staying in Waikiki is always fun to me, what with all the people, the high energy, things to look at and new foods to try.

Christmas sunset
But then right near it all is the beautiful beach, Kapiolani park to get away from it for some quiet, and the zoo, for families. I met with Gans here one night for dinner and to hang out. He is quite the adventurer and had me impressed and laughing about all his travel stories. Afterwards we walked along Waikiki and I shared my little bit of knowledge of the area with him so he'd have more information.

North Shore is much more tranquil, quiet, peaceful and less developed than Waikiki. I stayed near Sunset Beach and enjoyed watching the big waves, gorgeous sunsets, going bike riding to Turtle Bay and around, drinking coconut juice from a stand, swimming, and seeing the stars at night where there is less light pollution - awesome.

Back in Honolulu, I stayed with a friend in Makiki, and then met up with Keith and Cherry.

North Shore, HI
I was excited to get to see Keith because we had originally communicated in May 2011 but he was leaving town the same week I was going, so we never got to meet. Cherry was kind enough to figure out where I was when I didn't even really know since I had just arrived the night before and was new to that neighborhood. She picked me up, and we went to visit Keith at his house. There we chatted, got to know each other, relaxed and just took it easy. Afterwards we went to lunch and had a great meal. I was taking in the view from the restaurant and just feelnig so grateful and happy. Here I was, getting to be with friends, taking in the beautiful views of Hawaii from the restaurant, and just feeling amazed that I was there. I thought, "Wow, people live here. It's not a dream. People can live in paradise." It's really just so beautiful there to me.
My bike for riding around North Shore

In the Makiki area, I explored Makiki Park, a first for me. I went hiking up into the mountains there and had a great time. The trails are full of lush foliage everywhere, and....chickens. Ha ha...not an amazing animal per se, but fun to see running around, wild, in the mountains.

Some of my other new discoveries on this trip were Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center, a Japanese department store that makes you feel like you are in Japan, visiting Magic Island, where I saw great views of Diamond Head, and trying Stand Up Paddle Boarding, which was fun. I think I want to try this again sometime soon in CA.

All in all, another great trip to Hawaii - good friends, good food, good times!

 

pretty_girl says:
Thank you for interesting blog. Should visit Hawaii some day too
Posted on: Jan 24, 2012
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Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
Meet up with Gans
Meet up with Gans
Christmas sunset
Christmas sunset
North Shore, HI
North Shore, HI
My bike for riding around North Sh…
My bike for riding around North S…
Surfer at North Shore
Surfer at North Shore
Turtle Bay, North Shore, HI
Turtle Bay, North Shore, HI
Shoreline on North Shore
Shoreline on North Shore
Sunset Beach, North Shore, HI
Sunset Beach, North Shore, HI
North Shore sunset
North Shore sunset
North Shore beach
North Shore beach
Keith with one of his cameras
Keith with one of his cameras
Molokai lookout
Molokai lookout
Makapuu
Makapu'u
Shirokiya
Shirokiya
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Kabocha pastry with red bean insi…
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