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Hilton Lagoon

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    • Day 142

      Honolulu

      December 10, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Nach knapp zwei Wochen auf Maui geht es noch einmal zum Weiterflug für ca. 30 Stunden nach o‘ahu. Honolulu ist die Hauptstadt von Hawaii und die zeichnet sich durch die Kombination von Strand, strandnahen modernen Gebäuden und den umliegenden Bergen aus.

      Nachdem wir mit dem Bus in die Stadt gefahren sind, beobachten wir das Nachtleben in den unzähligen Kneipen, Restaurants, Bars und Clubs. und in den meisten Bars wird Livemusik gespielt. Zur Vorbereitung auf den morgigen Marathon gibt es auch einige Veranstaltungen. Der beginnt aber schon um 5:00 uhr morgen früh.
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    • Day 21

      Rundgang durch Waikiki

      August 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Von der Pokebar aus laufen wir Richtung Waikiki Beach. Dabei schlendern wir durch ein Einkaufszentrum, das Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Hotel und dann am Beachwalk entlang zum Hilton Hawaiian Village.

      Hier checken wir kurz, ob zufällig Kamekonas Shrimp Truck da steht und vielleicht Hawaii-5-O gedreht wird. Leider ist das gerade nicht der Fall. Allerdings beschleicht uns in der Hitze und schönen Stimmung die Lust auf einen Cocktail. Leider tut sich seit dem Outrigger keine Bar mit Blick auf den Beach mehr auf. Daher zackeln wir Richtung Kalalau Avenue. Zufällig laufen wir an der Waikiki Brewing Company vorbei. Da kehren wir doch glatt ein und Udo gönnt sich einen Maui Mai Tai, während es für mich einen Biercocktail gibt. Lecker.
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    • Day 69

      Enjoying a shaved ice on the beach

      November 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      It's traditionally Hawaiian apparently.
      Although it was hard to eat it all before it melted!
      Turns out it's just a slush puppy really. Crushed ice with some E numbers and colours poured on top.

    • Day 11

      Waikiki

      September 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      My snorkelling tour was cancelled, as i was the only one registered, so spent the day discovering Waikiki.
      In the evening I caught up with my fabulous boss, Josh, and we shared stories of the day. While I swanned around the streets and beaches, Josh was in high level discussions on behalf of the Australian government on a range of critically important conservation issues. And she had to work from7am til 10pm several days in a row!!Read more

    • Day 7

      Cruising Oahu

      December 26, 2013 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      On Thursday we hired a car again. We were really keen to get out of Waikiki and see some more of Oahu. The car was a rather grotty new model Camry, apparently there are very few rental cars available on the island this time of year and I think we got the last one.

      We hit the road and first stop was Waikele factory outlet shopping centre. We arrived at about 9am, parked the car, and went for a walk. It was pretty empty and easy to get around but after about half an hour the place was packed with cars, buses and people going everywhere. This place was a lot better place to go shopping than Waikiki, we picked up 4 pairs of Levis jeans and a t-shirt for $150! There were lots of other shops there - Polo, Coach, Saks, to name a few. After spending some cash there we hit the road and headed to the north shore of Oahu.

      The north shore is where the big waves come in and this time of year is when they are at their biggest. The trip 'to the other side of the island' sounds like it could take a while but it took about 20 mins from Honolulu. It is very green and lush countryside with a few cows around and the huge Dole Plantation where they grow lots and lots of pineapples. There were some wide freeways in Honolulu but out of town it was just a 2 lane road and an easy drive. The road around the island is called Kamehameha Highway after King Kamehameha who was the first tribal King to unite the islands.

      First stop was Waimea Bay and the waves really were huge! It is hard to tell in the photos but some of those waves were easily 3 times the height of the bloke on the surf board so that would be at least 5 meters (or 16 feet) and I think that is a conservative guess as some of the sets coming through were a lot bigger. The waves were forming the perfect tubes you see in the photos. There were lots of people on surf boards out past the breakers but only a few actually seemed to be catching waves. As with every beach in Hawaii there was a mix of sand and rocks so you really didn't want to fall off.

      We then moved along to Sunset Beach and Bansai Pipeline. This beach is very long and there were loads of people standing on the sand watching the few brave souls out riding the waves. There were a mix of surf board and body board riders and they were all having a go.

      We continued along to Kawela and had lunch - burgers again but probably the best burgers to date, really sensational. We then continued our leisurely drive down the east coast stopping to take the occasional photo and look at some of the sensational scenery. Our hire car included a GPS that had a tour guide thing built in so as we were coming up to as place of interest it would launch into an explanation of what it was and the local legend behind it. One point of interest was a small island off the coast called Chinaman's Hat because it looks like a Chinaman's Hat, it also pointed out the island where they filmed Gilligan's Island.

      We hit the biggest town on the east side of the island which was Kane Ohe and via a convenient tunnel was back in Honolulu is about 15 minutes.

      We picked up Margaret and made another trip to Waikele to buy up a few more items before returning the car and calling it a night.

      In all I am pretty used to driving here now, there were no moments of terror like there was on the Big Island.
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    • Day 10

      De-brief

      September 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Had a great de- brief about the Congress at the Big Oceans meeting. Already planning fot the next one in September next year in Chile to coincide with IMPAC.
      Met lots of interesting people and caught up with others. The best part for me was connecting with people who are happy to share their traditional knowledge, chants and songs, complete with hula- hand movements to tell the stories passes from one generation to the next.Read more

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