After unpacking everything, we walked down Kalakaua to the Hyatt Regency to the bakery in the lobby to get some cupcakes...Ono! So delicious...this bakery won the challenge on Cupcake Wars...and rightfully so. After devouring our cupcakes, we continued on the Shorebird for dinner...to grill our steaks. Thus far, we have been disappointed in Shorebird and both time so far- for dinner and breakfast, we had reservations thru Open Table.com. Each time, we were made to wait and told that first come, first served. My question then...what is the point of reservations? The steaks at dinner were a bit tough and poor selections on the salad bar;breakfast also tended to be mediocre. We have been going to Shorebird since the '90s and this time was a first disappointment for us.
Afterwards DH and DGD went swimming while I listened to the beautiful music at the Kani Ka Pala Grille until about 9 p.m. By now the streets are all torch lit and simply beautiful. We picked up some snacks for the room at the ABC store and 7-11.
Tuesday brought us breakfast at Moose McGillicuddys, where we all had loco mocos-very good for a filler up before going to the Helemanu and Dole Plantations. We were planning to have the buffet lunch at the Helemanu Plantation, but on arrival we saw a very limited selection. We then went to Dole where we spotted the Dole Whip. We had cups of that with raspberry syrup and crushed pineapple. Absolutely refreshing. DH and DGD then went into the Dole Maze...both gave up near the end, only having 3 more things to find.
To all of you who suggested taking the bus wasn't the best way to get oDole and the North Shore- Mahalo- we should have listened to you. The trip was 3 buses each way and about 2 hours ride each way. Very few bus drivers were pleasant and some were downright nasty to us and other passengers. Tired from the long bus trip home, we went to Dennys on Lewers for a quick dinner and back to the hotel.
Wednesday, another gorgeous day in Waikiki-awakened by delivery trucks going to the restaurants and ABC stores on Beachwalk. Our condo suite was on the second floor so we did hear street noises...but who cares...time to get up anyway.
Today we went to the Hawaiiana Cafe for lunch, the Aquarium, the Steak Shack, and the Kani Ka Pala Grille.
OMG...the Hawaiiana Cafe is so quaint and "old Hawaii" in a beautiful lush tropical garden complete with Tiki Statues. We sat at one of 4 tables inside, as their one table outside was taken. We were greeted by the owners wife (who speaks very litle English). Her husband would be their at dinner time. We ordered by pictures on the menu...had sushi and shrimp tempura...both of which were amazing. Fair warning though, it was very warm inside (no AC and only one fan which was facing the counter.
We continued on to the Aquarium and were delighted to see the orphanned monk seal who came there several months ago. He seems to be doing quite well now. We also were interested in the Peppermint Angelfish - one of only a few in the world. How beautiful all the displays were=although small, it is truly a magnificent aquarium.
On the way back, my DGD took some time out to swing on the vines of the Banyan trees along the walk.
For dinner, we went to the Steak Shack behind the Outrigger Reef next to Subway. What a great find this was. We all had the Steak and Rice plate with terriyaki sauce and salad with ranch dressing. The meat was tasty and very tender...absolutely delicious. Definitely want to get back here before we leave....and the best was the price...our 3 dinners cost $18.00 total.
We then went to the pool at the Outrigger Reef and listened to Cyril again. How privileged we felt.......to be continued...a hui hou.