By now, you may have heard that Honey Bee and I just got back from Hawaii! I know most of us have been in lock-down mode due to ice, sleet and snow. We missed the first go around of bad weather here in Atlanta, because we luckily flew out the day before the snow hit and our town became the talk of the nation.
I feel so fortunate that we were able to make this trip. It was our first visit to Hawaii – and it was on my bucket list of places to visit. The first island that we experienced was Oahu.
When we walked out onto our balcony in the morning, this was our first glimpse of Waikiki Beach:
Amazing, right? Our hotel was conveniently located at the very end of Waikiki. This gorgeous beach was right across the street. A few steps outside of the hotel were a Starbucks and many restaurants for casual breakfast and lunch. Most of these establishments had amazing views.
I was fortunate to walk out onto our balcony to capture this double rainbow. It really looked like the rainbows end went right to the beach.
…or the tranquil beauty of the sunsets.
Before we left Atlanta, Honey Bee and I agreed to visit Pearl Harbor. I’m typically not up to visiting war memorials or historic sites (sorry) but Pearl Harbor is one place I wanted to pay my respect. I must say that I was very impressed with our visit here. The entire experience is free of any charges – parking, transportation, entry – all free!
This is the Navy boat transportation to the USS Arizona…
I had done some research and discovered that food trucks are very popular in Haliwea. To my surprise we drove right through this cute, historic surfer town. We happened upon Giovanni’s and discovered that they were the first food truck and longest running in Hawaii. Every visitor signs their name to the truck.
Okay, get the Hawaii Five-O theme song in your head 🙂 When we got to the North Shore we discovered that the famous Volcom surf competition was being held at the Bonzai Pipeline. These waves may appear small, but I assure you – they are not…
Our first ever Mai Tai’s at Hula Grill. They didn’t disappoint 🙂 Another special bev to add to our repertoire ! Hula Grill is a great restaurant located right on Waikiki Beach, perfect for sun-setting views.
The food was delicious and all local. I typically do not like to eat fish…very picky about type, where it was caught, who caught it – I better be related to them. Not kidding! But take me on vacation to Hawaii and I throw caution to the wind.
This is Ahi Poke – raw tuna…I ate raw tuna many times on this trip. So fresh and good.
We had another lovely evening out at Alan Wong’s restaurant. The restaurant ‘s location is removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown. This was a splurge and special treat as it was Honey Bee’s birthday!!
Alan Wong is one of Hawaii’s great chefs. He takes traditional Hawaiian recipes and puts his own stamp on them. Being that this was a special occasion, we chose a menu selection that had wine pairings. This was a definite treat and a wonderful evening that didn’t disappoint! The food was not only delicious but very beautifully presented.
This is his version of “Soup and Sandwich” as an appetizer…Chilled vine-ripened Hamaku Springs tomato soup with a Kahuna Pig Foie Gras Sandwich Toast.
Stayed tune next week when I share our stay on the Big Island…Aloha 🙂