The bus transfer from the Coral Princess took me to LAX where I had several hours before my flight. The flight left on time and arrived in Honolulu at 7:30PM local time. After a long walk to baggage claim, I found a taxi and was on my way to my hotel, the Outrigger Waikiki Beach located across from the International Market Place on busy Kalakaua Avenue.
The next morning, I was up early since my body clock had no idea what time it was. I had time to take a few photos of a rainbow peeking out from between the buildings in the view offered by my partial ocean view room. My high school friend, Judy, who moved to Hawaii after she graduated from college, picked me up and treated me to a great breakfast at a local restaurant. We had time for a lengthy chat during which we discovered we were born two months apart in the same hospital in the small town of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Talk about a small world! We never have time for a private conversation when we attend our class reunions, so it was great having time to talk about our lives during and since high school.
Shortly after I returned to the hotel, my friend, Glenn, texted me that he was at the airport and would see me soon. He was ready to eat so we strolled next door to the Royal Hawaiian where we took a table at the bar on the beach and enjoyed a view of Diamond Head. This was his first time in Hawaii, so we had lots to see and do. We ordered “Lobstah” rolls and sat watching the surfers and passing showers. Just as we finished our lunch, a shower was approaching so we quickly made our way back to the cover of the nearby shops. It came quiet a downpour and we watched the local shopkeepers squeegee the sidewalks to prevent the geysers coming out of the drains from getting in their shops. As it often does in Hawaii, the shower soon stopped, and we continued our exploration of the area. Our friend, Tom, texted that he was at the airport and would see us as soon as he picked up the rental car and made his way to the hotel.
That evening, we walked around for a while and decided to have dinner at Herringbone in the International Market Place. Tom and I decided to try the friend Octopus and Glenn had the Shrimp Curry. We finished our meal and took Tom to the bar on the beach at the Royal Hawaiian for after dinner drinks.
The next morning, we decided to drive around the island and headed toward Diamond Head. I was disappointed when we discovered that Hanauma Bay was closed on Tuesday. We made our way to the Blow Hole for photos and continued our drive stopping occasionally for photo ops. We decided to visit the Byodo-In Temple since Tom is interested in Buddhism and I had never stopped to explore the site on my previous visits to the island. We found the site interesting and I got some great photos during our stop. We continued our drive experiencing occasional showers along the way. We stopped at a food truck billed as the Shrimp Shack and enjoyed our lunch while sitting under the overhang of a local store along with other food truck customers. The weather wasn’t co-operating so we didn’t get to visit the Waimea waterfall. We stopped to watch the surfers at Sunset Beach and managed to get a few photos before the rain sent us back to the car. By the time we neared Pearl Harbor, the sun was out. Such is the weather in Hawaii!
That evening we ate appetizers sitting at the bar under the huge banyan tree at the Surfrider, the oldest hotel on the strip. The food was good, but a patron who had too much to drink kept interrupting our conversation, so we finished our drinks and I headed back to pack for my early flight to Melbourne. Tom and Glenn decided to explore the area before turning in. It was a short but fun time in Hawaii.