Day 9 7th March our 20th anniversary. We booked to renew our vows at the Outrigger on the Beach (we were staying at the Reef). We decided to walk along the street so we were not sandy. We both bought cheap shirts and wore our beautifule leis were bought at Aunt Bella's stand.
When we arrived we were wisked off for photos on the beach - so much for the effort not to have sandy feet. The vow renewal is done in Hawaiian there is a copy on the Outrigger website- it is a free service for guests at either hotel. The were only four couples and it is done just in front of dukes near the pools. The ceremony was really nice, we exchanged leis. Thanks to tripadvisor I knew we needed these.
We then had breakfast at Dukes, everyone complimented our leis- I did a lot of advertising for Aunt Bella. Dukes has different variety to the shorebird- probably better choice. But we had a 15-20 min wait and I think the Shorebird has a better view. I imagine it would be very busy during high season. We walked off breakfast by walking up to the HHV and checking out the hotel. We found a path all the way from Fort Derussy. We were still getting compliments for our lei.
This was our last day- we had cash to burn- I put aside money for transport and breakfast and tips. We dropped by Aunt Bellas lei stand to give them feedback, they watered our leis and tolf us to see Uncle Johnny later in the afternoon.
We wandered the international market bought last minute t-shirts, got our free mug from ABC for spending $100 and stocked up on some premixes for that night. We bought a seafood plate at International market to share then headed back for a few hours at the hotel pool. We dropped by Aunt Bella's again and I was given a fresh plumeria bloom for my hair. We chatted at the stand and thanked Uncle Johnny for a beautiful leis.
We spent most of our cash so we needed a budget meal- we went to the food court at the royal hawaiian and spent <$20. There was enough variety to get a nice meal- wish we had found this earlier as we could have eaten some of a our lunches and dinners where we didn't want much. This place is much cleaner than the international market, where I am sure the 3 second rule for dropped food woudl never apply.
We then walked to the beach at the outrigger reef for sunset where we walked down the breakwall and tossed our leis. ( Uncle Johnny told us about the tradition that would bring us back to Hawaii, he also said the cotton was biodegradable and no animals would be harmed.)
We took some photos of our leis drifting together and floating our to sea, was actually took dark to see much. Oh yes we will be back.
We spent our last night sitting on our lanai drinking our premixes and finished packing.
Day 10 was an early rise for 7am pickup by Hawaii23 for the airport. We discovered starbucks opened at 4.30am but decided to eat at airport. There were no delays and quick check in.
We ate at burger king we only $20 cash and were surprised there was no tax, we had about $2.63 left not quite enough to buy a drink my husband cursed me leaving all the change for housekeeping along with our tip.
We had a 10 hour flight then 2 hour drive home, were exhausted but had to pick up DD from work as she finished 11pm. Back at work for second day but still on Hawaii time.
Mahalo to all those that helped plan this holiday. Wil post a seperate post answering questions and summary of highlights.