Hawaii : Let’s go to the beach!

Our first full day in Hawaii 😀  After  a good night’s sleep (no more having to wake up at 6:30 in the morning), I was greeted by this amazing view of Waikiki beach from our balcony:

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After an entire week of waking up in the cold, this was heaven~

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Ohayou!

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Ezra and Kurt admiring the view

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Quick selfie before we had to go down for breakfast

Breakfast was served at the same restaurant where we had our dinner the previous night. While waiting for our seats to be ready, we walked around the pool for a bit

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Ezra copying the Wet Floor sign and pretending to slip

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They had a jacuzzi there too. The water was scalding hot! I couldn’t even completely submerge my body because it was so hot.  But other people didn’t seem to have a problem with it.

Funny story – Ezra really did slip and fall here the next day. We went swimming after dinner and it was really cold and windy. She wanted to stay in the jacuzzi where it was warm but Kurt and I tried to drag her over into the pool. She kept resisting and ending up falling into the jacuzzi. Ouch~  She caught a cold after that too.  Poor Ez XD

After a short while, the hostess informed us that our seats were ready

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They had these cute little jam jars there

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As well as these tiny ketchup and Tabasco bottles!

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Itsy bitsy

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My parents had the omelette

IMG_6205Ezra and I had their French Toast (I think this is French toast … I forgot.  But it was yummy)

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Kurt had the breakfast platter

Papa Steve arrived to join us for breakfast and tell us what he had planned for us that day

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He still had some work to take care of so we told him that we would go down to the beach and look around while he finished up

We returned to our rooms first to get ready:

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Going up to the 36th floor

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We stayed in room 3605

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I took a few more selfies while waiting for the others.  Kurt saw me and jumped into the frame.

Waikiki beach is just a 5-minute walk from our hotel.  And every time you want to go down there, you can request a beach bag from the hotel, free of charge.  The bag contains beach towels, a bottle of sunblock, bottled water and some fruits.  You can even  put in a request for a personal attaché to carry your things for you to the beach!  Sushal~ We didn’t have that much stuff so we just asked for the bags.

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Trump Hotel from the outside

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Spotted this colorful trolley going around

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Since we’re so close to the beach, it’s pretty normal to see people walking around the street in their swimsuits

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Lovely path to the beach

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We saw some colorful birds on our way there, and this is what happened, lol

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After a short walk, we made it to the beautiful Waikiki beach

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We’re obviously not dressed for a day out in the water (since we weren’t planning on staying long, we just wanted to look around), so my parents decided to just stay by the shore while we kids took some pictures at the dock.

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Looks like a honeymoon photo, doesn’t it?

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Kurt had his glidecam with him as usual and he kept filming Ezra while we walked around.  (But he did get distracted by some tiny fish we saw in the water)

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Whenever I asked him to take pictures of Ezra and me, I would hold it for him.  (That thing was HEAVY!  I don’t know how he can hold on to it for the whole day!)

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Pretending to throw his beloved glidecam off the pier

Some fun wide angle shots:IMG_6296

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They offered all sorts of fun activities there – like surfing, paddle boarding, aqua cycling and parasailing

Papa Steve called to tell us that he would be joining us at the beach for lunch, so we waited for him by these picnic tables

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When he arrived we moved to this other picnic area because it was shaded

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It had a great view of the beach and it was under this canopy of awesome vines

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Or are those roots?  I’m not really sure

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Anyway, this is where we had lunch.  Papa Steve urged us to try this barbecue place at the beach.

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It was heavenly!  We wanted to go back there again during our stay, but unfortunately we didn’t have the chance

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After this, we went us sightseeing.  The first place we went to was a cliff with these beautiful rock formationsIMG_6354

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He took Kurt there back in 2012 and ever since my mom saw the pictures, she wanted to go

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It was very windy that day

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And the waves were really strong!

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Ezra with her future Father in Law 😀

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With my future brother in law 😀

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Kurt taking more videos of Ezra.  Check out that look of deep concentration

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IMG_6410Look at those cool striations on these rocks!

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It was so windy that I had a hard time balancing myself on the rocks while posing for photos

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But of course I endured it for the sake of a good photo XD

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Zoomed of version 😀

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After this Papa Steve told us that he will take us to a hidden beach

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Kurt taking more footage as we walked back to the car

The hidden beach we went to is actually the Halona Beach Cove.  It’s a tiny beach located just off the highway.  People who don’t know about it will probably just pass by it:

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To get there, you have to go down this rocky slope:
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Climbing down was a little bit of a challenge because I didn’t want to smash my camera on the rocks.

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Hidden piece of paradise

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That’s the highway up there – on the top of the cliff

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There were some people waving at us from the top

This place may be hidden, but it’s actually pretty popular, especially among the locals.  I read that they shot some scenes from 50 First Dates here.  Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” music video was filmed here as well.  The area is pretty small, but the sand was really fine and it was quiet and peaceful.  I understand why locals would love this place

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We didn’t go in for a dip because the waves were quite strong (and we still had other places to see), but we did play around the shore for a bitIMG_6622

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The water didn’t seem to bother Kurt a bit – as long as he got some good footage

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It was still very windy so Ezra gave in and tied her hair.  I told her it made her look sweeter and more demure than her usual self XD  (I think it’s amazing how a simple hairdo can change the way people see you.)

My mom told us to smile for the camera so we huddled up for this picture:

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Then I think someone pointed out that there was something off with where we were standing.  Oops.

Reshuffle, reshuffle

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That’s better 😀

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Climbing up the rocks to get a better view

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Whoops, spotted the camera XD

Some people like climbing the cliff and jumping into the water below.  Scaryyyy~

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Rawr!

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My mom playing in the water.  She only meant to dip her toes but a huge wave appeared and she ended up getting soaked

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LOL Mama

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Even if we had time to swim I don’t know if I would have risked it with these waves.  I’m not a very strong swimmer and there were no lifeguards there
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These guys sure didn’t have a problem though

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Papa Steve was pointing out some crabs that were hiding in the rocks.  (I read online that sometimes seals and sea turtles like to drop by the beach occasionally as well.  Unfortunately we didn’t see any that day)

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Found ya!

While we were digging for crabs, two more huge waves came and attacked us.  We took that as a sign that it was time for us to go see other places before we catch a cold

We went to see the Halona Blowhole after this, which was just next to the beach

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Back at the parking lot there was a map of Hawaii on the ground so we stopped to look at it

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Papa Steve pointing out some interesting places to visit on the map

After this Papa Steve took us to another beach.  Unfortunately I can’t remember what the place is called again.  It was really secluded and peaceful.  We only stayed for a short while but aside from a few people, we didn’t really see anyone there.

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Practicing for honeymoon photos?

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Personally I like this one more XD

We had to walk through a small wooded area to get back to the car
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We headed off to another lookout point after this
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To get there, we had to pass through Kamehameha Highway 😀   He’s the first king of Hawaii, but I always think of Dragonball when  hear his name

The place we went to was the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
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It was EXTREMELY windy here!  I know I’ve been saying that this entire entry, but this place takes the cake.  The wind was so strong that they even felt the need to put this sign up:

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Beware of bees during high wind“.  I’m guessing that the wind can sometimes blow bees into your face?  Eek~  Fortunately we didn’t see any bees while we were there

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We did see this interesting tree though.  Look at its roots.

Aside from being extremely windy, it was also very cold at this place.  Probably because of the elevation.  And the fact that we were soaked from playing on the beach didn’t help either

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Blurry shot I took of Ezra as she ran to the lookout to try to escape from the cold.

Unfortunately the lookout wasn’t covered so it didn’t provide shelter from the wind

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Shivering family

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Brrr

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But the view from the lookout was spectacular.  Totally worth freezing our butts off:

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We didn’t stay for very long because we all wanted to get back to the car where it was nice and warm.  Also, Papa Steve wanted to get back to Waikiki Beach in time for us to catch the sunset.  We barely made it.  Papa Steve dropped us off at the beach and went off to park the car on his own because otherwise we would have missed it.

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Ezra’s all wrapped up because she was so cold (our clothes were still a little damp)

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There goes the sun~

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I didn’t get to take any more pictures after this, but we went back to our hotel to get ready to pick up Ninang up from the airport. Then we had dinner at this Thai restaurant with Tita Rachel.  We walked around the town for a bit before going back to our hotel again to hang out and relax.  We stayed up to chat for a little but we turned in early because we had another fun day to look forward to the next morning.

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We may not have gotten the change to go swimming this day or try out any water sports, but we truly enjoyed going around Oahu and seeing what this beautiful island had to offer 🙂  My favorite place that we visited was definitely the hidden beach because it was so peaceful and beautiful.  We didn’t spend a lot of time there but it was definitely one of my most memorable moments during our Hawaii trip 😀

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