Honolulu

The final part of our trip ended with a few days in Honolulu.  Honolulu was an entirely different experience than Maui.  Where we were staying, there were TONS of tourists.  I’m pretty sure Waikiki is the Times Square of Honolulu.  We had a great time, but it was not nearly the same beachy, sit and read in the sun all day experience. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.  Our room was newly renovated, it was a good location and the view from our balcony could not have been better.

Here is what we did check out:

Tae is a BIG fan of pools, so we spent some time at the hotel pool.  If you are a big pool person, do your research ahead of time.  Most of the Honolulu hotel pools are tiny!

We went surfing!  Since our hotel was right across the street from Waikiki and we were watching surfers all day, we had to check it out.  I cannot remember the name of the company, but there are a ton of options along the beach and side streets.

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We drove around the island and used our favorite GyPSy app.  We stopped at a great food truck stop, checked out the Dole Plantation, visited the Polynesian Cultural Center and enjoyed the scenery.

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We went to a Luau to celebrate my 30th birthday.  We went to one at a hotel nearby, which was great, but we wish we would have gone to the Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  The whole thing was fantastic, but the icing on the cake was when Tae ended up on stage dancing with all of the hula girls.  I cry laughed throughout the entire dance.

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On our last morning, we did try to climb Diamondhead, but missed the memo that it is $1/person to enter the park (and neither of us had cash), so we had to miss out on that one.

We had a great time in Hawaii and are already dreaming of going back for another visit!

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