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May 17, 2012 - Aloha from Hawaii

Thursday. Have walked our feet off today, exploring Waikiki. We arrived last night at 9.40, and can you believe it, we were the LAST through customs - all the people from that big plane somehow got processed before us. Anyway, it certainly made bag collection easy. The carousel had even given up and stopped.... Arrived at our hotel around 11.30, and thankfully the bar was open (it's always open) so I could try my first MaiTai (very nice), and David a well-earned beer (all that standing in line is exhausting, and thirsty work). Today we...

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Apr 20, 2012 - Snorkelling and the Man o War!

Day 20 Today we woke up for our last day in Hawaii and we had a snorkelling trip booked in the Kaneohe Bay on the north-east side of Oahu. We get picked up from our hotel and then pick up others at the various hotels around Waikiki, in all 35 people and we travel about 45mins to our destination. Our tour guide is a guy by the name of Jenner.....not sure what planet he is from or what substance he had been indulging in prior to us boarding the bus...but he was certainly way out there!! Jenner was on the bus microphone the entire way to...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Waikiki and Magic Show

Day 18 Today we have nothing planned for the day. We decide to go for a walk down Waikiki Beach (a long way to go to not walk down the famous beach!) There is a lot of construction going on in the main area. The plan is to get Waikiki Beach back to the way it used to look back in the 80’s. Erosion has basically flattened out the main beach area and they are embarking on a 3 month job to correct it before the high season starts. Regardless, it is still a beautiful stroll down white sands and turquoise waters. We walk back to our hotel and...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Free time, a cruise and a show

Day 17 Today we got up at a reasonable hour (one of the rare times) and went out and got some brekkie at a place we’ve been to before, pancakes for the kids (all three of them) and an egg white omelette for me. Tim ate his entire massive stack while Cheryl and Sam managed one each only.....a take home pack was sort! We then walked to the local Wal-Mart for some cheap shopping (as recommended by our surfer dude a few days ago) and Cheryl was in full swing! Hawaiian shirts and board shorts for Tim and me, Hawaiian dress for Sam and Cheryl. We...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Grand Circle Tour with Super Mario!

Day 19 Today we got up, ate a quick brekky and then went down to the bus pick up area by 7:15am for our Oahu Island Grand Tour. We were travelling around the Island basically all day long and stopping and selected spots along the way. 'Super Mario' was our driver/tour guide for the day with his very thick Italian accent even though he has been living in Hawaii for 38 years!!! After being on a few of these bus tours now (with the same company) you start to get a bit of 'I've heard this before'....same jokes, same repartee...just a different...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Pearl Harbor/The Surrounds

Day 16 Got up early as we were being picked up at 6:15am by our tour operator downstairs of our hotel. Had a quick breakfast (from the supplies we bought at the food pantry yesterday) and then onto the bus. Several stops to pick up other tourists before arriving at Pearl Harbor by 8am. We are booked in for the 8:45am boat ride over to the memorial so we have time to look at the book/souvenir shop and the self tour museum. Outside there is also a self walk tour of all the different missiles/torpedos used during the war/attack on the Harbor....

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Apr 15, 2012 - Lazy Sunday

Day 15 Today we had nothing planned. Got up and going about 9am and decided that we need to do some washing. After some enquiries, we decided that the laundry service is ridiculously priced ($1 per item) so we sourced where a laundrette was and went for a walk. On our way we found a small place advertising a bargain priced breakfast so we stopped in to see for ourselves. Whilst seated we noticed that the laundrette was only across the road so Cheryl and Tim scooted across the road after we had ordered and put on our load of washing and...

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Apr 15, 2012 - First Day In Honolulu

Day 14 We all woke up at various times throughout the night with all the different time adjustments but we finally made it to 8am where we got ourselves up and going. We had some breakfast and booked in a few trips/tours and spread them out over the next 7 days. We went and had a look at The Maui Divers factory where they take you through the process of how they make their jewellery, the cultivation of their white, pink and black pearls and the black coral that they also use, quite interesting. Cheryl (who is not usually a big jewellery...

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Jan 28, 2012 - Waikiki part 2

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...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Oahu, Hawaii

Wow, it’s amazing how quickly a week goes by when you’re having fun! It seems redundant to say how beautiful it is here as everyone in the world knows that already. But as first time visitors we have to say it is really beautiful. The sun has been shining every day and the threat of rain this week seems to have disappeared. We started out on Tuesday nice and slow with a walk along Waikiki beach and exploring the shopping areas. The shops are amazing, some very posh – Chanel, Prada etc and others basic, i.e - the 40+ ABC general stores in...

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Oct 14, 2011 - NY .. NY

Hi, When I looked out the plane window and saw a landscape coloured sand/greyand mud, with a massive river running across the horizon, I thought "this looks just like Montana"!  Haha!  As smart as I am :-) the in-flight map pinpointed where I was.   other than knowing the sun was the same one that also shone on you, my body clock was so whacked all I knew was that the plane was headed for New York.  I wasnt even sure if I had made it into Friday. On Thurs I met the group for another easy swim and delivered my bike to my friend who was...

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Oct 12, 2011 - Mai Tais with The Duke!

Hi Everyone Dreams come true! You just have to keep believing! As a surfie kid I paddled my surferplane (remember those blow up beds, pre boogie board days), then my surfboard, watched Nat Young surf movies, had posters stuck around my bedroom and dreamed of coming to Waikiki! I guess u know that Hawaii/ US of A is not the place to lose weight! After our early (8am- that's early now) swim along Waikiki Beach (tuff, I know), i found a place for brekky. Coconut Delight looked good. 2 massive pancakes, homefries (potatoes cut into pieces and...

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