Next Destination: OAHU Haiwaii

Our next stop was the Island of O’ahu.

Oahu – Aloha Hawaii

Our first impression of Oahu: After Christopher picked up our rental car, we were on the road to our new condo. First impression was the congestion, TRAFFIC. It was apparently rush hour at 4:30 pm. I felt as if I was back home on the Parkway heading down the shore. It was bumper to bumper. I knew the island of Oahu had way more to offer than just traffic. However, after leaving such a peaceful Big Island, it was hard to suddenly jump into this new scene. I had ideas of what the capital was going to be like.

  1. Oahu is an island in the mid-Pacific, part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital, Honolulu. Highlights of the city include historic Chinatown; the Punchbowl, a crater-turned-cemetery; and Waikiki, the iconic beach, dining and nightlife area. West of Honolulu is Pearl Harbor, site of the 1941 bombing attack and home to the USS Arizona Memorial.

    Our condo was on the 11th Fl of a huge complex located smack in the middle of Waikiki. It was very secure. We had a parking spot on the 2nd fl. It was very easy to load our luggage in the elevators because there was a loading zone. Being on the 11th was not an issue at all. The condo was very spacious with a huge balcony over looking the city. We didn’t take time to explore because everyone was starving. Last meal was breakfast.

    We could walk to a lot place, but having a car simplified our lives. Waikiki beach was two blocks away. We were in the center of everything. We couldn’t wait to explore. However, the best excitement of Oahu for today came when we went to dinner. Christopher asked friendly passerby for best places to eat with children. We were heading once again for french fries and pizza. A few feet from our condo was a Korean Restaurant. And there you have! Jordan said he wanted to eat there. I was not convinced that he’d actually eat anything. Well, I was wrong……he ate and ate well. I shouldn’t have had any doubts because his Dad cooked Korean food on a regular. But lately, he’s been particularly picky about what he would and would not eat. Since the beginning of this vacation, that was the first time we all enjoyed a wonderful meal together as a family. That was a fabulous beginning to our Oahu vacation. This night, we were in bed by 9 pm. I fell asleep before everyone else. I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

    Pictures to come………

Last Lasting Moments of Big Island

  •  Our flight was at 2:30 pm. It was only a 40 mins flight to Oahu. The process of flying, checking in & out is still tedious and requires work. We were ready by 9:30 am to walk out of the door. You know I spent most of the night, cleaning,  doing laundry, packing and organizing.  I couldn’t leave the rental messy. What would the owners think? As usual, I was tired when it was time to walk out the door. That did not matter! New adventures awaits! We said our goodbyes to our gracious neighbors, Joann and Rigley. They lived upstairs above us. They were very kind and generous. They answers any & all of our questions. They were never too busy. They even welcomed us with a fruit basket. They thought our children were just adorable. I agreed with them…
    We sat on the lanai with the gorgeous views for the last time. We took our last stroll around the neighborhood, along with some amazing pictures. We then packed the car and headed for the road never looking back……too sad.
    Next stop was breakfast: I told you we had time to kill. I had issues when it came to time to fly out anywhere.  I liked to get to the airport extra early because I did not like to feel pressured or rushed. The thought of missing our flight because we didn’t get to the airport on time is unacceptable for me. So I always had plenty of time to get there. After breakfast, we made our way to the airport. Christopher dropped us off before heading to Budget to return our rental car.
    I have to say that we enjoyed sitting at Kona International Airport at Keahole. You were on ground level and could see and take pictures of all the flights taking off and coming in.
    Pictures to come…….