Aloha from Honolulu, Oahu!
This is my first time here. It was a good taking the Westjet 5.5 hour direct flight from Vancouver. I was greeted with an orchid Lei at the Honolulu airport. It was about a 20min shuttle ride to my Waikiki hotel, the Pacific Beach hotel. I was surprised how very busy it is along this main strip in the hotel zone of Waikiki. Lots of shops everywhere you go and people happily doing a lot of shopping. The beach is great with powdery sand and clear blue water. It was sunny with some clouds yesterday and today was cloudy. It is supposed to be 28 degrees everyday, and some days feel more humid than others.
Eating at the world famous Duke’s restaurant was great and had some entertainment as well. There was a guy playing his guitar and singing while we were there. They have daily entertainment with local talent. With the meals there is usually an orchid flower on the plate. They say the flower is edible, but I didn’t eat it as it is a real orchid flower.🙂
All of the beaches are public so there are no chairs for you. Some hotels loan out chairs and beach towels for you to use. The Magic of Polynesia magic show was spectacular. The performance included illusions and other magic tricks, fire and knife dancing as well as Polynesian dances like Hula! There is an option to just watch the show at $59USD per person for an adult or you can eat dinner before the show as well for an additional cost.
It was interesting to be stopped by police today on the sidewalk as they were filming a scene for Hawaii Five-O. They closed sidewalks and an intersection to shoot the clip. Apparently this is a regular occurrence around Honolulu and Waikiki. It didn’t take very long and was a surprise as we don’t have that happen at home.
I’m going to be taking the Grand Circle Island tour tomorrow. Check back again soon to hear more about my wonderful adventures here in Waikiki. Mahalo.🙂