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Hawaii Trip (12/23-12/31/2006) January 2, 2007

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12/23
Park at Bart and go to each airport individually (poor us)
Taking off from Bay Area to Honolulu
11:20pm arrived at Marianne’ B&B

12/24
checked out Kailua Beach and ate breakfast at Kalapawai Market (306 S Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI 96734) and bought carry-out lunch
Kayaked to Moku Islands (stopped by Popoia Island first) – We saw a turtle closely and we both swam in the sea! (M’s first time swimming in the sea in 6 years!)
Then we kayaked to Lanikai beach to eat our sandwiches – boy, I fall in love with Lanikai beach. I dream that I could own a house and live there.
In the afternoon, we drove to Sarento’s top of I’s in Waikiki area for X’mas eve dinner.
The view was really awesome and it was romantic. However I felt bad that J’s pork is like Chinese BBQ pork. So the food is only so so. We tried Mai Tai and really liked this local cocktail.

12/25
We woke up really early, driving along the coast to the famous Hanauma Bay for snorkeling only to find out that it was closed on 12/25! Darn! Bloody ~~! J was so disappointed and pissed and upset that we almost tried to break in.
Then we went to Waikiki and tried to find a decent snorkeling place there. Unfortunately, J was not fond of the world famous Waikiki beach at all – full of tourists and weirdos (note: we don’t mind weirdos for we are two of them). But J said that if we like shoulder rubbing, we’d have gong back to China. Waikiki is just like Vegas with beaches instead of casinos. The beaches are not impressing either – somewhat polluted and the sand quality is just so so – remember, by then we were used to the wonderful tranquil white-sand beach in the east side. It just dawned on me that since J disliked it so much we didn’t even bother to take a photo there. We should’ve done that to show the comparison between Waikiki and wonderful windward side.
Anyway, we went back to Kailua beach and got bagel breakfast at Kalapawai Market. Then we went to snorkel at Lanikai beach. It was awesome! REALLY FANTASTIC! At the first try, I didn’t like it. I couldn’t walk in those stupid fins and wasn’t used to breathing through my mouth and closing my mouth around the tube. I drank a little sea salty bitter water and backed up on the beach for sun bathing. J was having fun and came back half an hour later and persuaded me trying again. I got rid of the fins and had a blast! Those fishes are amazing!
When we were both tired and hungry, we ordered sushi from Kozo Sushi (at windward city shopping center) and ate at our B&B backyard – it was cheap (Unagi 6 pieces for $4.80) and delicious! (Genki Sushi in Waikiki is supposed to be good too)
We drove to Waikiki in the evening hoping the Rainbow drive-in or Lernord’s Bakery (try Malasada, the portugese donut at 933 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816) would open but ended up trying loco moco and teri chicken at Zippy’s. It is not bad but J is not very fond of the greasiness of the food.
Now it is the time to talk about the food. It is really a pity that during X’mas, the two famous Hawaiian food places were both closed. We didn’t get a chance to try it. I did some research before our trip and came across an article online that talks about food in Oahu. So next time I would like to try
Ono Hawaiian Foods (726 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816) (808) 737-2275
Helena’s Hawaiian Food (1240 North School Street Telephone: 808.845.8044)
Halekulani buffet (at Orchid)
Fukuya Deli – it is the Okazuya style for take out
(Note: for all the local stores, they usually open very early and close very early, like 2pm or 4pm.)

12/26
A full day event at Polynesian Cultural Center. Since they only open at 11, we wondered around on North side, going one beach after another. We really learned a lot at the Polynesian center. It is also nice that they partly sponsored those students from different islands. Here is a list of our cultural encounters:
Samoan – coconut tree climbing, lighting fires, fire knife dancing

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