As nice as Kauai was, Waikiki was wonderful. Yes, it’s touristy and built-up but everything is just so easy. It’s like the perfect vacation where nothing has to be thought about but there’s still plenty to do apart from lying on the beach, turning into a bored leather bag. We both loved it and it was such a mellow, awesome time.
We arrived in Oahu and rented a car for $15/day. Srsly. I couldn’t believe it. Parking was more expensive or at least it was until SMS got us a military discount! We got up to our room that had the most amazing view and got ready for dinner. We went to Marukame Udon for dinner. It was delicious and nice to walk around Waikiki. We had tried to go to Duke’s (I know, SO touristy) but it was packed so we decided to go the soup route to help SMS get over his cold.
The next day was so much fun! We met up with Marissa and Blake for an Oahu adventure. We met at Boots N Kimo for breakfast where SMS and I split macadamia pancakes and a yummy egg dish. Then we went on a hike that SMS really wanted to do. It was the Olo’hana hike and the views were awesome. It was a bit of a scramble at the top and there were some spots that had ropes tied in for assistance. It was awesome! Afterwards, we went to the Kalapawai Cafe, which was the cutest cottage cafe. SMS split a sandwich and we had delicious coffee. We hung out for a bit then headed towards Waikiki. We hadn’t eaten a lot at lunch because we were saving room for poke at Fresh Catch, which was absolutely delicious. Then we grabbed mochi ice cream at Bubbies. We relaxed in Waikiki for a bit before heading out to a late dinner at 12th Ave Grill. The food was good but there was a lilikoi mochi cake for dessert that was unbelievable.
The next morning, we headed to the Moana Surfrider Hotel to have delicious Kona coffee in a French press at the Honolulu Coffee company. We also had an acai bowl. I’ve had two in my life and this was definitely not my favorite but the coffee was absolutely amazing. Then we went surfing for an hour and a half. SMS was really good. I wasn’t as good but I blame my le tired shoulders. It’s a lot of paddling to get out to the Waikiki break! Then we lay in the sun and napped. It was awesome. For lunch and dinner, we went to House Without a Key for both. The food there is so good and I had my obligatory pina colada!
The next morning, our (Hawaiian) honeymoon was drawing to a close. We had Kona coffee in the room and then I dropped SMS off. I went back to the hotel and took a nap. Then I went and lay out on the beach- sometimes the draw of turning into a handbag is too strong! I checked out of the hotel and then had lunch at House Without a Key. My cheeseburger was delicious! I went stand-up paddleboarding and then showered at the Hale Koa. I went to the airport where I had more of the delicious USO cookies before heading off to my flight. Although I made it one last action-packed day, I really missed SMS!