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August trip report

maryland
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August trip report

My sister lives in Laie next to the PCC so this is a weird combo of back and forth from Waikiki to her house. Lots of down time with family, this is our second trip so I didn’t repeat a few things I had done previous trip (Hanauma Bay). Some of it is not Hawaii specific but important to me since I was traveling without my kids (spa day and shopping). I was traveling with my mom and grandmother, so we had to take it easier pace than maybe I would have otherwise. So, for what it is worth, here is my trip report:

Monday- arrive 6pm, travel to Laie

Tuesday- Walmart for souviners, grocery store, Temple Beach, back to Waikiki to check into hotel and back to airport to pick up aunt.

Wednesday- rainy day: Hurricane Felicia expected to blow through (as a tropical storm), Pearl Harbor, back to Waikiki to explore, International Market

Thursday- Lunch at Grass Skirt Grill in Haliewa (was supposed to go to Haliewa Eats but it didn’t open until noon), Shark swim with Hawaii Shark Adventures, shrimp from Romis & Fumis (my guidebook said Romis, my sister said Fumis so we did both), Chocolate Haupia pie from Ted’s bakery,

Friday- spa day! Manicure, pedicure, facial, massage and then shopping

Saturday- Dukes breakfast, some went to swap meet, others to the Palace, Ala Moana mall, went to see Harry Potter

Sunday- church in Laie, snorkel Sharks Cove, shave ice in Haliewa (went to Vulcom store, line at Matsumotos and Aokis were way too long), back to Ted’s Bakery for pie and carrot cake

Monday- beach in am, tour with Oahu Nature Tours 1-6pm $40 Natural Highlights of Oahu- thought this was great- guide had lots of info and it was nice to have someone else drive (saw the blowhole, Hanauma Bay,Pali lookout, a short hike to see plants and birds)

Tuesday- Byodo In Temple, lunch at Hukilau Café, PCC, and night show

Wednesday- beach, late check out of hotel, to airport

I had kind of a funny thing going with taste testing every veggie burger I could find. Favorites were Ruffage Vegetarian Restaurant in Waikiki and Grass Skirt Café in Haliewa.

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1. Re: August trip report

You gave a good list of what you did, but not what you thought of them.

What did you think of the International Marketplace and what did those with you think?

Who did the Shark Adventure? DId you like that?

How was Romi's va Fumi's?

maryland
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International Market was like the swap meet without having to travel- good place to get tshirts, dresses with tropical prints, flower hair clips. Their food court had some interesting choices.

The shark adventures was my sister, my grandmother and I. It was very rough and we were all feeling sick even though we had taken Dramamine. I'm glad we did it but was glad it was over. Very cool to see sharks. It was my first time using a snorkle and I kept floating up to the top, trying to take photos with an underwater camera plus the rough water made viewing difficult but it was beautiful blue and a fun thing to do. The group of Japanese tourists did not know how to swim and did fine.

Romi's shrimp still had the heads on, which was kind of a deal breaker. Fumis was ok. I think I preferred Giovannis garlic shrimp which we had done last trip.

My favorite thing I ate the entire trip was the Hukilau burger from the Hukilau cafe

Byodo In Temple was one of our favorite things we did- very peaceful and beautiful

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3. Re: August trip report

Nice trip report. You managed to do a lot.

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4. Re: August trip report

thanks for posting!

Yes, the reviews of how you liked/disliked things is much preferred over just listing them.

ppl usually like to read what you recommend or things to avoid/not-worth-stopping-for.

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