Well, time has definitely blown by. This 2nd part of my Hawaii trip was due back in Feb and it's now April. I wont waste any more time. So let's get into my trip. For those of you that don't know, - it's 5 hours and 10 minutes, the flight time from LA, Cali to Honolulu, Hawaii. That's not including the 4hr flight time from Atlanta to LA. So, yeah, you get the point. But, that didn't detour my desire to visit the big island at all.
It was Spring 2012 and my first trip but definitely not my last to the Big Island and healing waters of Hawaii. I couldn't wait to touch down and run for the open waters. I knew I wouldn't be able to do everything I dreamed about but I was definitely going to try and take advantage of the time I had there. I documented the time mainly through my camera on my cell phone (2011 android). So, please forgive some of the quality of these pictures. I tried to gather as much of the pictures we took on this trip...like going through old post from my fb and instagram. Keep in mind that the pictures you are about to see are pretty bad but hopefully you will get the idea.
It was a nice five days in Hawaii. I felt such a spirit with the island. There was something there for me for sure. And as I get ready to head back soon, I am planning to hangout more with the locals and of course with the friends I have out there. I want to visit the other islands as well. I am really not a big fan of the typical tourist spots. I am going to break my trip up into 3 parts.
Waikiki in Honolulu
In Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is not only the most famous beach, but also one of the most recognized Oahu beaches and spots in the world. Waikiki Beaches, with the many different sections that make up this two-mile stretch of white sand. Together, these beach sections make what everyone refers to as Waikiki Beach, one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan spots in Oahu where a plethora of activities geared towards tourists seem to go on all day and most of the night.
Whether you are looking forward to surfing, canoe paddling, snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, sand combing, catching a golden tan, people watching, or marveling at a few beautiful Waikiki sunsets, it’s very easy to have a good time on the different areas of Waikiki Beach. There is also a beautiful Waikiki Beach promenade, available for those who are interested in taking a leisurely stroll to absorb all the action.
My sister and I befriended a few locals while we were there and enjoyed hanging out with them. From climbing the trees for coconuts, jumping off the piers into the ocean, laying under the palm trees, enjoying the amazing sunsets and strolling along the beach at night, I felt such a evoking within - so, serene for me. One thing, I definitely notice is that there were fireworks at least 2-3 times during the week there. Below, I have curated a few places to visit. Oh, and I visited the North Shore too. Click here for previous post.
Places to Visit:
***International Market Place
***Royal Hawaiian Beach (Also known as Waikiki Beach Center, is on the other side of Gray’s Beach and best described as activity central!)
***Queen Kapiolani Beach
***Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Oahu (a must)