After visiting Victoria BC, the girls reunion trip moved to Hawaii for some well-deserved sun, beach, and relaxation. Before I get into the details of the trip there are a few notes I want to make about Hawaii for all the geography enthusiasts out there. Before going to Hawaii I didn’t realize how many islands the state was composed of (5!!). Contrary to what I first thought, the island called Hawaii (also referred to as the big island) and namesake of the state is not where Honolulu is located. Oahu is the island upon which Honolulu is situated and the Hawaii island is where the active volcano lies. Here is a map of the Hawaiian islands:
My two girlfriends and I stayed in the Waikiki Beach area for a week at the Aqua Waikiki Wave. As first timers in Hawaii we fell in love at first sight. The south pacific sun, the infamous Waikiki beach, the interesting landscapes and attractions. Oh and of course the good shopping and delicious restaurants! Waikiki Beach is the place to be in Oahu and a great starting place to any Hawaiian holiday. With everything in walking distance there is no need for a car! Here are some of the highlights from our week in Waikiki:
One of the most popular things to do in Waikiki is to hike up Diamond Head Monument. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk up to the top. Note: path is not all paved so proper shoes are recommended (we learned this the hard way as we hiked up in our flip flops and at the hottest part of the day – noon!!!)
Breathtaking views from Diamond Head – Looking over Waikiki Beach
Main street -Waikiki
Out and about in Waikiki
When in Hawaii…see a luau! We went to Germaine’s Luau one night (approximately $70) and includes a buffet and show. Pictured above is the pig roast ceremony.