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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Hawaii Trip – Day 4 – A Little bit of everything

On this Sunday, day 4 of our trip to the Island of Oahu on Hawaii rather than starting our day out at the Tropics Café & Beach Bar, instead we chose a different breakfast option. Now at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Gold & Diamond HHonors members can also upgrade to a buffet for $5 at either the Tapa Café or the Rainbow Lainai, located in at the base of the Rainbow Tower. Since the Rainbow Lanai has a great view of the Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean, that was our choice.

Overall, a great breakfast buffet. You can have eggs made to order (Omelets), and a variety of hot and cold selections are available including Hawaiian fruits, and your standard scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and more. There was a minor annoyance with the rude guest talking on his cell phone and could not understand why the cook skipped him – however I will avoid any sort of rant on that.

After a great breakfast, we headed out for the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. We always have a great time at this flea market – and find most of our souvenirs there. It was another successful trip there including some new shirts, picture frames, and some great dried fruit. You can read more about it in this post here.

Once we finished up at the Swap Meet, we headed back towards Waikiki to do some whale watching at the southern tip of the Island. After a couple of quick stops right around Haunauma Bay, we found success at the Halona Blow hole and were able to watch at least two different Humpback whales breech and splash in the water. A great site, even from the shore!

Then, we hiked up to Makapu’u Point, another well known location to watch for Humpback whales. We did not get to see any there, but you can read more about the specifics of our whale watch here.

We had accomplished all of that before lunchtime, but boy were we hungry. So, we headed to the town of Waimanalo, because we new that they have one of the L&L Drive-In Hawaiian BBQ restaurants. Ashley and I split a Chicken Katsu, and enjoyed every piece.

After lunch, we headed to the Waimanalo Bay Recreation area to spend the afternoon at the beautifully sandy and uninhabited Waimanalo Beach. I had some fun body-surfing in the afternoon waves while Ashley just relaxed on the beach. (Read more about Waimanalo in this post.)

In the late afternoon, we headed back to Waikiki Beach so we could turn in the Avis rental car before they closed for the evening. Once that was turned in, we were conveniently next to the ‘Cheeseburger In Paradise’ restaurant and we had a bite to eat. (See review post here.)

Finally, after dinner – we took in the full sunset from Waikiki Beach as our last full day in Hawaii ended. On the walk back to our hotel, a traditional Hawaiian dance show was performed down at the beach. We enjoyed that before heading back to the Hilton Hawaiian Village for the evening.