Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oahu, Hawaii November 2016 Part 3.

Before we arrived in Hawaii, the group as a whole hadn't discussed much of what we would do or when we would do it, so our third day took us to Pearl Harbor and Waikiki.

We got to Pearl Harbor around 8:00 AM and did the self guided tour. I thought I was going to be bored going through the tour, but it ended up being one of my favorite things that we did and really opened my eyes to what happened that day.

When you do the self guided tour you have a headset that allows you to listen about the different parts of Pearl Harbor. A few of them would have an extended clip that would be a survivor from that day sharing their story of where they were, the people they lost and what they remember from that day. Extremely emotional. Ufdah.

USS Arizona

 We spent a couple of hours walking around, reading, listening and watching what happened back in 1941.  I'm so glad we made this a part of our trip.

After Pearl Harbor we decided to spend the rest of the day in Waikiki. Waikiki is exactly what I thought it would be, busy streets, shirtless guys walking around with their surfboards, packed beaches, etc. It gave me a real appreciation for the quieter side of the island that we were staying on.

By the time we finally found a public parking garage near the beach, we were all pretty hangry. Trying to avoid any Hard Rocks or Cheesecake Factories we walked to Duke's, a restaurant we were planning to go for dinner.

While trying to figure out an actual plan for the rest of the day, we had a drink and shared some appetizers before settling on spending some time on the beach and coming back to Duke's for dinner.

Tropical Itch comes with a back scratcher
Since Duke's is part of a hotel, we were able to rent an umbrella and chairs and I was able to take a surfing lesson! This has been a life long dream of mine and I can't believe I was able to check it off in Waikiki of all places!

We only spent about 10 minutes on land before we paddled out to the break and had a solid 1.5 hours out in the water. I got up on my very first try and almost every time after that. I would guess I caught around 10-15 waves. That paddling business though, wears. You. Out!
Getting the 1, 2, 3, 4 on surfing
Knees, front foot, back foot, airplane
Waikiki Beach
After my surfing lesson we went to  Mai Tai at the Royal Hawaiian Resort for some pre dinner cocktails. The Mai Tai bar on Waikiki beach is where the Mai Tai was first concocted, and probably the best ones I had on the trip.

One of my co-workers recommended Duke's for a nice dinner and said to ask for table 11. Since we were a group of four, we we sat at table 12, just as nice with primo sunset watching.

Our server from lunch, Amu, was still around when we arrived for dinner and came over to check on us a couple of times. He even brought his brother over to the table, can you say tall, dark and handsome times two!?! As we were settling up for the night, our dinner server brought over a dessert that he said was complimentary from Amu. I kept joking to Kari about how much she must have tipped him at lunch for the great service to continue through our dinner!

Just as we were about to leave, the Cubs were in the final inning of game seven of the World Series and we were able to watch the game winning play in the bar with everyone cheering on the Cubs! 

This day was far and away one of my best days ever!

✔Learn to surf

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