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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.
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.
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.
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!