Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Oahu - Day 2

I'm feeling much better today. It was just a 24 hr thing like my daughter and my brother caught on Kauai. My nephew goes to school at the University of Hawaii, and he put together a list of seven things that he recommends to do while on Oahu. Isn't he great?!! Here we are Day 2 on Oahu, we took a drive around the island and hit 2 of David's seven recommendations.

Oahu, Day 2 - July 5
Thanks to jet lag, we were up and ready to go by 6am. We started driving around the island. Our first stop was Hanauma Bay (#3 on David's list of things to do). He calls this the biggest tourist spot on Oahu, and it was beautiful!

We had to pay to get in, then watch a mandatory video about preserving the reef, before we could snorkel here. This is supposed to be the best snorkeling area on the island.

Here is Cheryl asking... "Where's the fish?"

Here's a few, but they were really few and far between...

I'm loving my new waterproof digital camera! Check this out!

Here's a couple more photos from Hanauma Bay.

After Hanauma Bay, we continued around the island, stopping whenever we saw a nice beach or a possibly good snorkeling spot. We skipped the Polynesian Cultural Center. We figured that if it was any good, David would have put it on his list of things to do. I wanted to stop for shrimp at one of the spots along the North-East side of the island, but the timing wasn't quite right for lunch.

East side, Chris feeling his jet lag with Chinaman's Hat in the background...

North shore, Pupukea Beach Park (in Sunset Beach) looked like a good place to snorkel, but still no fish here...

Well, being the tourists that we are, we also stopped at the State park to see Waimea Falls (which was was completely dry because of the drought), and the Dole Pineapple Plantation (where we dutifully bought some pineapple):

#2 on David's list was the North Shore and Matsumoto’s shave ice. We were just leaving the North Shore and figured that we must have missed Matsumoto's so we stopped at a little shaved ice place in a surf shop. After we finished our shaved ice, and drove about 100 feet, there was Matsumoto's with a line out the door and along the entire front of the building. Anyway, we missed Matsumoto's, but I'm not sure we would have stood in that line anyway.

We got back late, but in time for a swim and a quick dinner before bed. It was a beautiful drive. With a lot of "overlooks over-seas" (hahaha! That's for Cheryl) That's it for day 2... stay tuned for day 3.

And... WELCOME TO KAUAI, Mima!!!


BethieJ said...

Joni~ Welcome home!! Hope everyone is feeling better!!!
LOVE the photos, and video! TO COOL your digi is water proof!!!
cant wait for some more of the 800 photos! :)
Have a GREAT day!

Mary_Yontz said...

hahaha Great photos! I noticed that Chris put Jim in the girl pineapple! All the pictures were great. I loved the one with Cheryl asking "Where's the fish?" Looking forward to tomorrow!