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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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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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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Waikiki Beach

I was so excited to see the beach!    Look at the blue sky and ocean!    There was a gradation in which the sea was deep blue turning emerald along the shallow coast.

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I was so moved by the beautiful ocean because my town has no sea.

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The sunlight was so strong that I couldn’t take photos  very well.

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Many children were playing in the  water in the area inside of a breakwater.

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You can rent a surfboard here.

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What do you call this kind of tree?

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The sun went down beautifully.

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There was Hawaiian music and a dance show taking place at the beach.

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Hawaiian girls were waiting for their turn backstage.

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My son who loves hamburgers bought one at Burger King.   McDonald’s was closed for refurbishment.

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