Hawaii will always have a special place in my heart. Why?
Probably because of its atmosphere, culture and tropical climate being close to home! When I travelled there sometime in 2013 with my other 3 single girlfriends (then), I could not help but had sworn compact with myself that I shall return (well, it didn’t happen .. yet!)
The squad followed the below itinerary and almost maximised the time that we were there… no spare minute nor second! But I believe that all four of us shared the same sentiment that we understated Hawaii prior to our travel. We should have allotted at least 2 weeks to fully enjoy every corner of this amazing tourist destination and we should have done island hopping instead of staying just in Waikiki. Not that I am saying that Waikiki is not worth it but there are other hidden treasures on this side of the globe that we should have likewise explored.
Our itinerary.. Voila!
- Day 1 Arrival.. fast forward –> Dinner at Red Lobster…
- Day 2 Shopping (Waikale)
- Day 3 Diamond Head\Hanauma Bay
- Day 4 Visit to relatives morning; shopping again in the afternoon (Waikale\Ala Moana)
- Day 5 Lanikai beach, Kailua, Waikiki
- Day 6 Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial/ Polynesian Cultural Center
- Day 7 (Last day) Waikiki Beach morning walk .. …fast forward—> Departure
Anyhow, enough with all this reminiscing.. let me give you my top 7 most memorable takeaways from our Aloha trip!
1) Food is love
Cheesecake Factory, IHop, Red Lobster, Shrimp (food) Truck, Goldilocks, some Buffet restaurant (no photo taken.. too hungry to even remember)
2) Hiking at Diamond Head
Testing your strength, endurance and dedication!!
But I’m telling you, it’s worth it… every stride, every drop of sweat, every single muscle pain!
There was this moment when you’re convincing yourself in the midst of “should I give up and just go back or should I continue what we have started”. Note that peer pressure played a significant role here! That little nudge from a friend surely created a strong push against my back to take another step or two.
This is it! There is no turning back!
-Water is gold!
-stairway to heaven:
a short moment of silence please with this finale.. a breathtaking view:
.. removed this from the bucket list:
3) Vast blue sky and waters
4) Dole pineapple plantation
5) Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!
- Waikale (there’s a shuttle bus that can take you there) and Ala Moana
7) Culture and History
Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial
Afternoon stop-over :
Polynesian Cultural Center
That’s it folks..my 7 takeaways! 🙂 I believe your takeaways will be even more than this!
I promise ..one of these days… I SHALL RETURN!