|Our second week has gone by nice and leisurely enjoying the beach, eating, drinking and strolling the shops in the Waikiki strip. We made a decision to skip downtown Honolulu – the palaces and museums and stick with the outdoors.
After our day at the beach on Monday we decided to relax in the shade by the hotel pool on Tuesday. They do not supply the large sun umbrellas so you have to move your lounger around into the shadier areas. On the beach the price for 2 loungers and one umbrella is $40 for the day. Quite a bit more than Spain or Rio!
Wednesday Gerry started getting a cold so we took it easy that day.
Thursday we went by TheBus to the Aloha Tower in Honolulu Harbour. Gerry remembers it from visiting here in 1959 when he was in the Merchant Navy. The P&O ship, The Oronsay, had dropped off the emigrants from England in different parts of Australia. It then did the Pacific Cruise, Fiji Hawaii etc and then back to Australia to pick up the Brits who wanted to go back home. He remembers getting really really sunburned as it was his day off in Port here. Think about the young kid from London on Waikiki beach in 1959.
Friday we went to the Polynesian Cultural Centre. A little bit Disneyesque but a fun day. There are areas of song and dance and activities from the various island groups in Polynesia to visit. Most of the staff are students from the Brigham Young University here who work to help pay for there tuition. The day ended with an evening show of music and dance from the islands with about 160 performers. It was very well done. We did a backstage tour before the show.
Saturday was a day at the beach and a big block party in Waikiki for the Pro Bowl game in Honolulu on Sunday. Today a pool day and then a walk to the other end of Waikiki one more time people watching and watching the activity in the water.
We have a good time here but now it’s time to move on to Maui. That should be a different experience.
Will add more next weekend after we have had a week to explore Maui.