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Month: February 2014

Honolulu layover

Honolulu layover

(more and higher resolution photos here) A week before we’d left for Hawaii Go! airlines had cancelled our original flight from Lihue to Honolulu (to connect with our flight in Honolulu to Los Angeles).  So, we had to book an earlier flight out of Lihue, which, by the way, is a place where all time stops, apparently. This meant leaving our hotel in Kauai early, which were sad about, and having a long (five hours) layover at the tiny Honolulu airport….

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Sunset on vacation

Sunset on vacation

(more and higher resolution photos here)   On Saturday, our last full day in Kauai, we decided to spend our time seeing the sights on the east side of the island.  After watching a bit of the sunrise at the cliffs we started our day at the Menehune “fish pond.”    I’m not sure if the water is blue in photos because of photoshop or if it was muddy on our day because of rain.  In any event, we were not…

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waimea

waimea

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Friday it was raining, so much so that there were flood warnings, so we decided to drive to the other side of the Island to check out waimea canyon, hoping it would be dry when we got there.  As we drove through the look-outs it was still raining a bit. Even when we got to the last stop, Kalalau Lookout, it was still very foggy, so much so that we could hardly see the…

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To Lihue

To Lihue

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Thursday we ate breakfast at HiBlend Cafe before heading to the airport to take our short hop flight to Kauai.  On Kauai we got an upgrade to a Nissan Altima.  We first drove down the coast to visit Poipu beach.   People were leaping off the cliff (after much hesitation).  We decided we weren’t brave enough (it looks more dangerous and higher up in person!). Then we visited sprouting horn.   Then we drove…

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Dole

Dole

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Wednesday we ate breakfast at a little coffee shop before heading north to the Dole Plantation.  We ate “dole-whip” (the same pineapple ice cream cones we had at Leonard’s, but double the price) while riding the Pineapple express.  No that is not a euphemism, we actually rode a train called the Pineapple express. Then we spent thirty minutes stumbling around the world’s largest maze.   After the maze we were hungry so we headed…

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Electric Beach

Electric Beach

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Tuesday we woke up to sunshine peeking through the clouds and we were lucky to keep the sun with us (as well as intermittent clouds) for the rest of the day. We started off the day with breakfast at MAC 24/7 before heading to Kailua State Beach. The drive to Kailua took us through Pali Lookout.   The beach is known as one of the most beautiful in the world, and of course it is,…

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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Monday we went around the corner from our airbnb to a Korean hole-in-the-wall that our host had recommended.  The place was called Me’s Korean and our host was right, the food was cheap (for Hawaii) and delicious.  After eating we boarded the #19 bus to the airport and rode for an hour and a half to cover only nine miles.  There was a very peculiar proliferation of senior citizens jamming themselves on the bus.  One…

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Swim with Dolphins without swimming

Swim with Dolphins without swimming

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Sunday morning we ate a simple breakfast at a local place by the beach before getting picked up for our “swiming with dolphins adventure.”  The ship was launching from Ko Olina, which is about 45 minutes from Waikiki. Unfortunately it was raining and it didn’t stop when we were out on the water.  We decided to rent wetsuits at the last minute and were glad we did.   Our first snorkel stop was at…

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Oahu Pop Art

Oahu Pop Art

(more and higher resolution photos here)  On Saturday morning we headed to the Costco at Sam’s request.  As a consolation prize we got to go to the beach across the street. After the beach we headed back to Hilo the way we’d come, this time stopping at the Mauna Kea visitor’s center for some clear views.   On the plane we flew past the mountaintop. After checking into our AirBnB in Waikiki we took the #19 bus to the honolulu pow…

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A Whale of a Time

A Whale of a Time

(more and higher resolution photos here) On Friday morning Sam finished her acai bowl leftovers from the previous day and I drove down to Basik for a new one.  Apparently the little bowls of cold acai smoothie, fresh fruit and granola are very popular on the islands.  Sam and I are looking into figuring out how to reproduce them in LA we enjoyed them for breakfast so much. After I finished up some freelance work at the hotel lobby (wifi in…

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