Last year Mr. GoodLife was asked to do some temporary work in Oahu. I took some time off and joined him for a couple weeks after his work assignment and did some traveling in this beautiful chain of islands.
Two weeks is hard to break into one post without writing a book, so I will break it into a few parts. Our first week was spent in The Gathering Island: Oahu, home to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hanauma Bay and Waikiki beach.
At first glance, I had a small culture shock. Honolulu and Waikiki are like many big cities, with tall buildings, a shopping strip comparable to 5th Ave, and yes, the evil of most large cities-traffic. I was also surprised to find so many signs and marketing materials printed in Japanese due to the high volume of tourism in the area from Japan.
We stayed in Waikiki Beach and spent most of our sunsets watching people come down from hotels and apartments for the routine end-of-day surf. I can imagine that’s how locals get rid of any stress.
Unless you forget to charge your battery, have a memory card or can’t use a camera at all, it’s practically impossible to take a bad picture of the Waikiki sunset. See it for yourself…
We happen to be in Oahu at the same time the Aloha festival was going on (Sept). This meant every night, local artists were playing music and dancing across the street from our hotel- all free. It was such a great surprise!
One of my favorite spots in the island of Oahu was Hanauma Bay. Unlike the rest of the beaches in Hawaii, Hanauma Bay has an entrance fee of $8 per person, but believe me it’s worth it. Get there early and avoid the crowds.
I will post Part II soon.