Ok, first of all major apologies for leaving everyone hanging last week! I absolutely totally meant to draft up & schedule a couple posts to go live while I was away in Hawaii & then…I forgot.
But I figured I would let you in on some of my favourite new places from my recent trip to the stunningly beautiful Honolulu! We’d never been to Hawaii before & it was somewhere I was definitely wanting to travel to – it’s got beaches, delicious fresh food & shopping, what more could a girl want! So, without further ado, here’s what I did last week…
On day one, we walked all the way down Kalakaua Street from our hotel (the stunning & stately Moana Surfrider) to Kapiolani Park for breakfast at the Barefoot Beach Cafe. I was definitely not expecting it to look how it did, but I loved it so much! We ordered the French toast & it was unbelievably scrumptious covered with maple syrup & fresh fruit.
We actually shared two of these between the three of us & ended up leaving a little bit – it’s so delicious but pretty filling! We walked back to the hotel but not before stopping & taking a photo of the Waikiki strip (check out the Royal Hawaiian, you can’t miss it, it’s the pink one!).
The Moana Surfrider is the short white building with the grey roof right over on the far right. It’s probably the smallest hotel on the strip which makes it all the more nicer!
The main beachfront street of Waikiki is interspersed with all of these beautiful gardens, fountains & little waterfalls like this one ^^
Whilst initially we weren’t going to check out Pearl Harbor, we decided we would go, see the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial & pay our respects. The memorial is set up incredibly well, they show all visitors a film explaining the lead up to & aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack.
The memorial is actually situated on top of the wrecked remains of the U.S.S. Arizona which still sits on the sea floor of Pearl Harbor. It’s quite shallow & parts of the ship rise up above the water, including this section of a gun turret.
Another kind of disconcerting feature of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is in this photo^^
Right before the Pearl Harbor attack the U.S.S. Arizona had been refuelled. It ended up having so much fuel that bits of it rise to the surface every day & have been doing so for 75 years. I didn’t quite believe the person who told me this but having seen it for myself, it’s quite shocking to know that it still, to this day, rises to the surface from the wreck.
Pearl Harbor is definitely a great place to check out if you like military history, or you just want to be able to say “Yes” when people inevitably ask you if you went there. It’s a really informative place with lots of plaques full of information on the attack.
On a lighter note, we also checked out the Dole Plantation. They used to own huge swathes of land & grew pineapples supplying the world with something like 80% of all pineapples. Now it’s much smaller & is a very family friendly place – there’s a Pineapple Express (not even joking) which is a little train which takes you around the plantation, a pineapple maze &, of course, Dole Whip. Dole Whip is this strangely delicious pineapple-flavoured soft serve. You can get it at the Dole Plantation but you can also get it back in Waikiki at different places. It’s really quite tasty, I’d definitely recommend it!
I’ll be back with the rest of my Hawaii photo diary next week so stay tuned!