Hanauma Bay

On the last day of our stay in Honolulu, we decided to go to Hanauma Bay.    The #22 bus is very popular route for Hanauma bay and Sea Park.    It was so crowded that we couldn’t get a seat.

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It took about 30 minutes to get there.   Wow, look at the beautiful coral sea!

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People are required to watch a short video before entering.

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A pretty bird came closer to us.

Maybe this tree is a mangrove.

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I enjoyed snorkeling for the first time.  It was really fun.    I bought a snorkel at a supermarket the day before.   Beach sandals are useless.  Fins or swim shoes are better.  You can rent snorkeling gear with ID and deposit.

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It was very exciting to see pretty fish like these.

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My son taking a shower.

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I expected that the bus might be crowded on the way back, so we left early.

Hawaii Report #9

Diamond Head

The next day,  we went to Diamond Head, it is a very famous volcanic crater in Hawaii and a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikiki.

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We took #22 bus in Waikiki.   Then, we had to walk for 15 min to the entrance from the closest bus stop.  I checked the bus schedule in advance,  but didn’t notice the route change.   If you take a bus, check The Bus website.    The #23 bus stops at the entrance (see the  picture below)

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You need to walk a little to the toll gate from the entrance.

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There were trees with flowers around the gate.

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However, the mountain had no green.

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You have to walk a long slope for about 30 min.   It was a little tough for me.

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We avoided the steep steps and chose the alternative slope.

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Wow, what a great scenery!  Beautiful nature!  This is the view of Waikiki.

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You can see the crater which you walked across, and the south shore.

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We took the #23 on the way back.  This bus comes only once every hour.  Unfortunately, we waited nearly one hour after all.  We should have been back to #22 bus stop which comes every 30 mins.  Some other people decided to take a taxi instead.    That would be a good idea because it’s not a long distance.

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Hawaii Report #8

Ala Moana District

We dropped in at Ala Moana on our way back from Kailua.    Ala Moana Beach Park was a quiet and peaceful place.

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A rainbow hung in the sky.

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We went to Walmart passing through the  Ala Moana Center.

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The flowers for making a “lei” were sold.   A lei is a wreath of flowers draped around the neck.    Walmart was so big that we didn’t feel like walking around.

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There was another supermarket “Don Quijote” near Walmart.

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I saw a green cake for the first time.  It was a blueberry cake.

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There were Japanese foods because a Japanese company runs this market.

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Hawaii Report #7

Kailua Beach

The next day,  we went to Kailua Beach.   Here is how to get there by bus:   You take the route 57 at the bus stop (west bound) on AlaMoana Shopping Center.

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The bus goes across the island and arrives at Kailua Shopping Center in 30 minutes.   You pass by the town and get off at the next stop.   You walk ahead a little.    Turn left and then walk about 15 min. along the Kailua Road.

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In fact,  if you take the #70 bus, you don’t have to walk.    However, that bus comes only once every hour.    So I suggest #57.   The #70 bus goes to the Lanikai Beach, but then it has no public facilities.   On a map,  these two beaches are within walking distance.  I want to go there someday.   “Lani”  means heaven and “Kai” means ocean in Hawaiian language.

When you see Kailua Beach Center on the left, the beach will be right ahead.

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The sea of Waikiki was aquamarine blue,  while the sea of Kaikua was emerald-green.   There were fewer people than in Waikiki.   I felt relaxed and refreshed by the beautiful ocean view and the sound of waves.

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Please check the route and schedule of the bus before your trip.  The Bus

Hawaii Report #6

Scenery From The Trolley

Many trolleys (mostly Japanese travel agencies’ ones) and buses run in Waikiki.   Traffic is so heavy that I can’t drive a car in Honolulu.

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JCB credit card holders can ride on the pink-line trolley for free.

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Lovely Prumeria on the street

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The bus drivers weren’t very friendly.  On the other hand, the trolley drivers were so cheerful.  Some drivers were singing while driving.

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Our Meals in Waikiki

First, we went to buy food at the “Food Pantry.”

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There were interesting foods there.

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Fruits were plentiful.

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I prefer canned papaya.

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How can I eat it ?

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I like tropical fruit juice like guava, mango or passion fruit,  which are uncommon in Japan.  Also,  chocolate bars like Milky way or Twix are so delicious, but they aren’t sold in my town.   I miss them.

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I tried to eat dragon fruit.  Hmm, it tasted like a kiwi fruit.

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The cookies and cakes have different colors and shapes from the Japanese ones.

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I think that the restaurants in Hawaii are more expensive than ones in Japan.   Why don’t you visit Japan?  Foods are cheap and delicious.  There was only a restaurant we went to that was familiar, it was called “Denny’s”.

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My son liked the pancakes.

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I have no problem with American food, but my daughter was eager to eat Japanese food.  So,  I bought a broiled fish and fried dumplings to go at the Japanese restaurant “Ringer Hut”.

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I like noodles.   There was always a line at the Japanese restaurant “Marukame Udon”on Kuhio Ave.  Why?

Hmm,  public telephones still exist.

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Hawaii Report #4

Accommodation

We stayed at the condo hotel ” Waikiki Park Heights.”    The room wasn’t gorgeous, but cozy and neat.    The best thing about it was its location close to the beach and supermarket.

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I chose a room with a kitchenette,  which costs less than one with a full kitchen.  It was suitable, for sure.  I didn’t want to cook during the trip.

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I saw a bathtub that has a step for the first time.

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My son fell off the bed every night.   He usually sleeps on a futon.

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When I was waiting in the  laundry room,  I had a chat with a man who came from San Francisco.   He said the beaches in San Francisco were too cold to swim in.    I wonder if there are a lot of  Americans who haven’t swam in the sea because many states have no sea.   As for the beaches in the US,  only California and Florida come to  mind.

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This is a view from a mountain side.

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Hawaii Report #3