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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vacation 2009 #4 & #5

Continuing our Oahu 2009

Day 4 Driving All Over East Oahu

Oh man I was sore, sore, and sore from Day 3!! So we kinda took easy. We did our drive around the east side of the island starting with an AWESOME breakfast at Boots and Kimo's in Kailua.

This is the breakfast place to be! In fact... I think we're going to eat there everyday next time we stay in Oahu.

Then we drove by Lanikai Beach, Waimanalo, & Hawaii Kai. In the neighborhood of Lanikai we saw a "Lost Turtle" sign. I thought that was the cutest thing but Mr. Mad wasn't slowing down for me to take a photo of it.

We stopped in Hawaii Kai's Starbucks to hang out until Ross and Costco was scheduled to open so we can buy souvenirs there.

Oahu trip tip... never buy much gifts near Waikiki Beach. Soooo expensive. Stick to my recommendations and ask locals as well. After our drive we went back to the hotel and rest.

After a long nap and relaxation we walked down Lewers St. for dinner and to see what was new to us Waikiki Beachwalk for Cheeseburger in Paradise. Food was ok... but service was slow for no one being there. I mean a group came in after us and got served their drink. We didn't even receive a menu after being seated. Mr. Mad was so angry he started to time them. After 30 mins you'd think we would've left. But then the waitress came and she was apologetic so we stayed..Then to the hotel to sleep.

Day 5 More Souvenir Shopping and Beach Day

We started off with a light breakfast downstairs of our hotel. We received our car rental and headed straight to Aloha Stadium for the Swap Meet. My husband would prefer not to go there lol. But this is the cheapest I've found to buy gifts for my family. The first year we went to Oahu together I spent $300 and circled the stadium 3 times in 5 hours. He was toasted, and I mean burnt to the crisp. This year our visit was quick because it was my 4th time and I think I've finally mastered the Swap Meet. My tip: every quarter of the way is the same kind of items, the price difference between the vendors are not much of a difference, and make a list before going. Mr. Mad was Mr. Happy by the time we left because we've spent under 1 hour there. He he he.

Afterwards we went to Walmart to get a few things for our beach day and eat lunch at L&L barbecue. There are several of chains in California but we hardly eat it. For some reason Hawaiian local chains are sooo much better in Hawaii. We've been to several in Oahu and Big Island and hands down... we cannot complain.

We went back to the hotel and rested before our walk to Waikiki beach. It was too windy for both of us to be in the water at one time. We didn't bring any valuables in order to swim with each other but our towels and mats were going all crazy with the wind. It's ok... I was loving the ocean as I am a water baby. Mr. Mad was ok that I took longer than him because he doesn't enjoy the waters as much. We had a boring lunch and a so-so dinner at Ala Moana Mall and slept early so we can pack early for our last day. *sad face*

One more day to report and we're done. Yay for almost completing a feature.
To see more photos on Day 4 and 5 click here.

1 comment:

gekd said...

Man, I miss Oahu! I hope Mr. Kura & I can someday retire there. Next time you're in Hawaii- you should go to Big Kahuna's Pizza & order the BBQ Kahlua Pig pizza & the garlic cheese balls. Mmmmmmmm! You'll love it & that's "garens-ball-barens" lol! (Local talk for guaranteed... lol). I'm going to e-mail you right now with some ideas on the "meet-up"- so as not to leak any informative goodies. ;-)