Waikiki Postcards

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Waikiki is the shopping mecca of Hawaii with high-end brands rubbing shoulders with discount and convenience stores, in an East meets West tourism chaos.

It’s also known for the early days of long-board surfing and incredible sunsets. In fact, it still hosts surfing competitions throughout the year and newly minted surfers share the waters with veterans at all times of the day.

The main street is lined with major name resorts and the atmosphere, at times, feels like South Beach meets Beverly Hills for the Australian, Japanese and Chinese tourists that flock to Hawaii on holidays.

On my last trip to Oahu (part 1, 2 and 3), I couldn’t wait to get away from Waikiki and head to the more secluded North Shore, but in this longer trip (3 weeks) I am in no hurry to sight-see. I am finding extremely easy to wind down and just enjoy spending relaxing days on the beach, versus my normal activity packed travel. It may be my new focus on “living in the moment” or the difference between a vacation and “long-term” travel.

So, if you find yourself in Waikiki and don’t like the hub-hub, try to look at it with different eyes, enjoy people watching, bring along a good book or your favorite music and find a quiet spot to relax- yes, it is possible to find that spot, even in Waikiki.

Here are some pictures of Waikiki by day to bring you along with me…

Happy Xploring!

Have you been to Waikiki? What are your favorite spots?



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  1. David Sokol
    March 4, 2015 / 12:55 am

    When I heard that Mrs. Goodlife was going to Hawaii, it brought to mind the movie “The Descendants” and one speech from that movie in particular. “My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise, like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here, sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, catching waves. Are they insane? Do they think we are immune to life? How can they possibly think our families are less screwed up, our cancers less fatal, our heartache less painful?” Perhaps you can give us some insight on how the permanent residents live their day to day lives. That’s one of the things I look for when I travel–to get a sense of what it would be like to live there.

    • March 6, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      You are so right! Several Hawaiian residents I had the opportunity to talk to mention they pay a price for living in Paradise. It is a great idea for a post, I have already started writing it. Stay tuned, it may take me a few weeks to post it…but it will come.
      Thanks for the suggestion and the great comment!

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