Army Wife, Dog Mom,& Style enthusiast
Recently we had the privilege to take a quick (48 hours to be exact) trip to O’ahu, Hawaii. It was a great time and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and cannot wait to go back for a longer time. We flew into the Honolulu airport and immediately went to the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park to watch the sunset on the lava rocks. It was a glorious sight and I highly recommend checking it out if you get a chance.
The sunset was amazing and while I’ve seen a lot of sunsets on the Pacific Ocean, it was very different seeing it in Hawaii. Once we got our fill of the sunset we checked into our hotel in Waikiki and got ready for dinner.
Waikiki was a very different vibe than what I was expecting; it was a lot more “city”, less island-like, and people were everywhere. The energy was amazing! Waikiki was beautiful and we had a great time. There were lots of artsy views, shopping, and restaurants. A majority of it was not local or locally-owned, so if you are looking for more local things I wouldn’t spend a ton of time in Waikiki proper.
As we strolled down the busy streets of Waikiki, we came across the Peter Lik art gallery and got lost staring at the beautiful photos for a while. I will have one of those gorgeous pieces of art in my home one day.
Next up was dinner, we asked for recommendations from the art dealers at the gallery, and several suggested Roy’s, a local restaurant with a variety of foods and drinks. I don’t even remember everything we ordered but it was amazing. Between the two of us, we ordered half the menu and it was worth it. Once dinner and drinks were over we strolled down the streets looking at all the shops, galleries, and people. Walking around Waikiki was easy and the city is made for walking.
Wear comfy shoes and hit the road, you can get almost anywhere and you will get to see so many more things from the sidewalks than you will in a car. Once jet lag started to kick in, we headed back to the hotel and relaxed.
Our hotel, the local Holiday Inn, was so nice, open, and airy. It felt more like a boutique hotel than a chain. The room was much larger than we were anticipating and had a gorgeous view of the city and ocean. I highly recommend staying here, the breakfast was also delicious and the service was outstanding (and included parking).
Saturday we woke up, had breakfast, and then headed out for a day of sightseeing and playing tourists. We went to Pearl Harbor and saw: the USS Arizona, the USS Bowfin, and USS Missouri.
The weather was amazing and we got to see as much of the Pearl Harbor exhibit as possible; it was very moving and I recommend going anytime you are in the area. The day was gorgeous and we got to the memorial early, so we did not have to wait in line for the exhibits. Word of warning, they do not allow any bags, diaper bags, or even large clear bags, so come prepared. There are lockers you can rent if you have a bag with you to store.
After our Pearl Harbor visit, we went to lunch at a local spot Restaurant 604. The food and atmosphere were incredible, advertised as the best Bloody Mary in Hawaii and I’m pretty sure they are right. We sat near the edge of the patio and got to take in the beautiful harbor views as we ate.
Saturday night we spent exploring more of the city, and ate at a few different restaurants. Everything we ate was amazing (sadly I cannot remember all the names of the places we went). An early bedtime since Sunday was going to be jam-packed exploring the rest of the island.
When we go back, we plan on hiking in the mountains (hubby is still recovering from back surgery and hiking was a big no-no) and exploring the North Shore more. Seeing the mountains, ocean, and so much more was intoxicating.
It can be so easy to forget how beautiful landscapes can be. Touching the Pacific Ocean just felt like home, granted this climate is much different than the Pacific I’m used to, but it still felt like home. When we go back we want to spend more time out at the North Shore and in the mountains!
Sunday night was our very late flight back to North Carolina. We were so sad to leave, but so happy to get to explore and have a great time together.
What are some of your favorite places in Hawaii?
What do we need to see or do when we go back?