Sorry this is going to be long.... I have learned so much off of the forum, I feel like I need to share my details! Arrived on Saturday into Honolulu to a mix of sun and clouds which soon changed to all clouds and rain. Thanks to the sunny and friendly faces we encountered, it did not seem so bad. Coming from jaded Jersey, I am loving the friendly people we have met so far! Starting at the airport to the hotel... Everyone has been overtly nice.... So refreshing.
We stayed at the Waikiki Beachcomber (a Holiday Inn property) two nights thanks to Priority Club Points. Nicely located. Not right on the beach... But across the street. We enjoyed the balcony room during the Honolulu Festival parade. Very lively. Rooms are clean and seemingly new. Very helpful and friendly staff.
Now maybe people who need Cheesecake Factories and Coach stores would find Waikiki wonderful... But I feel it is a little like Vegas on the beach. Had I known this we would have gotten out of Dodge. I already live in a concrete jungle (metro NYC)... I am looking for some natural beauty.
Eat at Eggs N Things. Maybe the best omelet that I have ever had! Huge portions. Enough to share.
Headed to Haunauma Bay despite the threatening rain. We pulled in at 6am when they open. Soon 5 other cars followed behind. Sunrise is at 6:35 now... So the early birds were getting the worms! We were one of the first people in the water. Saw 2 turtles and a gazillion fish of all sizes and colors. Even saw a neat eel that was about 2 feet long with black spots! 2 hours later we were pooped and ready for the next adventure. Pulling out of the lot at about 9am... And the lot was nearly full... Despite the rain. Get there early! The mobs descended from the buses, just as we were leaving. BTW there seemed to be a lot of security in the parking lot. This was a big concern of mine. I just made sure we did not leave anything behind.
Get me out of the city!!! Headed to the North Shore to Hau'ula to the AWESOME $100 a night Home Away cottage that we rented. Fully equiped with a hammock and secluded beach.... Now this is what I am talking about.
Spent another rainy, rainy morning driving around. Decided to not let the miserable weather stop us. Headed to Kaena Point to hike. Muddy does not quite describe it. Watched as they attempted to tow out a guy who got stuck about a mile in 4x4ing. Water was almost up the doors. Seriously DO NOT attempt to drive the 4x4 trails unless you are experienced. It took 4 hrs to get the guy out... Who knows what that tow bill was!!!!I will post pics when I get home. Wonderful hike, but it is for those who are physically fit. This is not a paved or flat trail. Having said that, it is highly recommended! Make sure you go all the way to the end. We saw people stopping at what looks like a cattle gate. Climb through it... This is the BEST part. There are lots of albatross nesting in this area. We even saw a huge baby. Also saw a big Hawaiian Monk Seal on the beach at the very end. We came in on the Dillingham Field side. Don't leave anything valuable in your car. It is apparently a high theft area... But we did not notice any glass on the ground. As long as you don't leave things in plan sight you will be fine. We even saw a police officer cruising the primitive lot, so that made me feel better.
Ate at the highly recommended Sharks Cove Cafe. It was fantastic! Had the shrimp with pesto sauce and the ahi skewers. Yummy!
Another tiring day. Resting up. My husband coerced me to take surfing lessons tomorrow with the North Shore Surfer Girls. Will post more later.
I extend a sincere thank you to all of the local experts who have contibuted such valuable info!!