This little Aussie / Pom is back from her favourite Island destination refreshed, renewed and resigned to the fact that she’ll never be able to afford a house in Kailua!
I can holiday there though….YAY!!
And I did, with my best friend and travel security guard (protects others from me more than protects me), Mark. We had fun visiting Hawaii without the tribe we call children. It was blissfully serene, we could eat when we liked, drink when we liked ,rest, shop, breath ……you get the drift?
FIRST HOLIDAY OVERSEAS WITHOUT THEM MIND YOU (pat on the back)
Enough of that, what did we do on this long awaited trip to tropical heaven….
Heaps…but I won’t tell you everything just my favourite bits for now…….
First photo is of the hugely popular Mai Tai……which it turns out I hated! I spent about $15 USD on that baby, had one sip, pulled a face and gave it to Mark ( he didn’t complain ) so with that little cliche done and dusted I moved on the gentler, sweeter beverages like vast quantities of Champagne and wine! Please don’t let me put you off Mai Tai’s, every one else I speak to seems to love them so go for it and free tip you can get them for a dollar on the catamaran rides 5 metres from the bar I’m sitting in on the beach (their bright blue though)
Being a TC (travel consultant) I wanted to do a couple of day tours that my customers might want to experience, so I did.
We did a City tour including the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour, very interesting tour to do and it isn’t all day either which is a bonus ( there’s only so long I like to be holed up in a bus). We used Enoa Tours and they were great – our fearless leader Special K , apparently this is easier than the pronunciation of his name Kaneou (maybe)! Any way he was friendly, funny, informative, knew a heap of history, knew a great hot dog stand….all that stuff that makes a tour guide great.
Tip: Pay the $7 usd for the audio tour at Pearl Harbour it really is worth it and you get so much more out of the museums and memorial.
Go to Lanikai, go to Lanikai, go to Lanikai…..
I know I’m obsessed with this place but truly if you are going to Oahu and not leaving Waikiki……YOU HAVE TO!
And that’s an order. Waikiki is not Hawaii – it is fun, has great shopping, has cheap cocktails (apparently), but it is not the true Hawaii.
To get a feel of it you need to go to the Windward side…..you know when you stand on Waikiki all sunburnt and sweaty, with your $1.00 Mai Tai in your slippery fist??? Well stand with your back to the water and look at that Jagged Green beauty of a Mountain Range called The Koolau range, well over the other side only a mere 20 minute drive in car or bus is the Windward side and here lives Lanikai…………..It is beautiful and is very near Kailua ( my other obsession) and has a perfect beach and amazing homes and super chill people and shaved ice and and and…..just go!
What better why to get to the Windward side than hiring a Mustang convertable!!! Oh yeah very cool fun to be had if you hire one of these babies. We picked up this little sexy number really early from the Hertz rental at the Hyatt at Waikiki across the road from where we stayed and zoomed through the Koolau Range (there’s a tunnel for this purpose) ………
and into the town centre of Kailua (angels sing) to Lanikai Juice (sunray bursts through the clouds) to get our most fave ever breakfast in the whole entire world……..Acai Amazon Bowls with the works!! Photo below so you get the idea #heaven. To explain in a nutshell click here , it’s faster.
Next we take off to Lanikai Beach (see photo above) for a swim in the gorgeous waters that gently lap the sandy white beach and for me to take photos of all the beach houses that I stalkerishly wish were my own…..Mark never questions me doing this so I believe it’s normal. It’s only when I come home and show my friends and they all question why I’m taking photos of homes I do not know the occupants of, that I wonder if it is normal?
After our swim we head to our family – yep we have family in Hawaii (jealous much?) one of our HAWAIIAN (originally from Canada but with clever parents who moved to Hawaii) cousins has a fiancé and this fiancé has an amazing wholesale botanicalbusiness in the most stunning location on the Hwy up to the North Shore. Nate (said fiancé ) quite wonderfully takes us on a tour of the beautiful nursery. He cuts down a coconut and shows us how to shuck it and crack it open….Yummo, you can’t get fresher than that!
It’s all very islandy and outdoorsy and I’m feeling quite wild and spontaneous slurping back the coconut water – loved it!
We drag ourself away and head to Waimea Bay this iconic 1950’s style beach town in the cosmic centre of all that is the North Shore. This is where we lunch (under cousins advice) at Haleiwa Joe’s and had the BEST CHICKEN WINGS ever………..So bloody good they put all other chicken wings to shame…..Go there please! Oh and the waves are sick in winter for those that like surfing and not chicken wings.
This Photo is just down from Nate’s nursery and it is an example of how breathtakingly beautiful this part of Oahu is. Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where the dad and his two children are running down a valley with a dinosaur in chase….filmed it here!
Mahalo for reading my post – (such a local now)