Jason and I tied the knot, Hawaiian style!
We soaked up every ounce of Hawaii during our nearly two week stay and loved everything the beautiful state had to offer. I originally wanted to journal at the end of each night to document our trip, but I forgot about the idea until a few days before coming home, so it never happened. We did however take tons of pictures!
Honolulu: Jason and I arrived mid-day and were tired, and hungry after a nearly 11 hour flight. We picked up our car and got on the road so we could check into The Hawaii Prince Hotel. This place had the most comfortable bed i’ve ever slept in at a hotel, and probably one of the best views of the trip. After we were done being mesmerized by the view, we immediately threw on clothes to hit the town… in search of food.
We read good reviews about Duke’s on Waikiki Beach, and were not disappointed! The Mahi Mahi fish and chips, paired with one of their famous Mai Tai’s was the perfect introduction to all the great food to come during our trip.
After dinner we took a quick stroll down Waikiki Beach. There are so many famous places in Hawaii i’ve heard about, and this was just one of them, so it was really cool to actually be there in person.
Of course dinner, especially while on vacation, is not complete without desert. Thanks to Hawaii Five-O, I couldn’t wait to try the Cocoa Puffs from Liliha Bakery. I can’t begin to describe how delicious they were, but the chantilly frosting on top made this into a hands down winner.
With full bellies we headed back to the hotel for the night. We had a bright and early day ahead of us, with something on the agenda that i’ve been wanting to see for over a decade. Jason and I actually made a stop in Oahu for this alone.
After stopping for a quick Starbucks breakfast we headed to the Pearl Harbor visitors parking lot to wait for our tour time. We were so excited for this part of our day that we arrived almost two hours early. Luckily we were able to exchange our tickets for an earlier visit to the memorial. I would definitely suggest going early to avoid the crowds and heat. We enjoyed cool weather during our visit since we arrived so early in the morning (I think before 8:00 a.m.). I would also suggest booking tickets online, which I think you can do almost two months in advance. Knowing we had tickets and wouldn’t have to wait in line hoping they didn’t run out alleviated a lot of stress.
The tour started with a short movie recounting the events leading up to, during, and after December 7th, 1941. After it was over we exited the theater and headed to a boat that was waiting to take us to the USS Arizona memorial.
The boat ride to the memorial took only a few minutes. We were able to walk around for about 10-15 minutes, which felt like just the right amount of time to really take everything in without feeling rushed. It was a very peaceful experience, and felt a little unbelievable knowing exactly what had once occurred in that very spot. You could even still see oil spilling into the water from the USS Arizona.
Jason loves submarines, so after the boat dropped us back at the dock we headed over to the USS Bowfin to take a self guided tour. We were able to walk along the top and inside the submarine which was very cool! It was even better that there were only a few others walking through at the same time as us.
During our drive we came across this beach and were floored by how blue the water was. This picture hasn’t been retouched at all! It was extremely windy, but gosh, we were just in awe of this place.
We finally made our way back to town and knew we couldn’t leave Oahu without stopping to see the King Kamehameha statue. Jason and I both binge watched Hawaii Five-O, and after seeing this in numerous scenes we put it on our list of things to see during our trip.
Our flight left the next morning, so we wrapped up our day with another trip to Dukes and Liliha Bakery before crawling into bed and watching the sunset. We checked out the next morning and packed up the car. But, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a morning stroll to the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The lagoon there is another common scene from Hawaii Five-O and was super close to our hotel. We had just enough time to walk there and back before making our way back to the airport.
We wish we could have had a little longer on this beautiful, yet busy island. There was so much to do and see in such a short amount of time.
Stay tuned, part II of our trip will be posted soon.