Honolulu, Hawaii: Honeymoon Part 1

On starting this blog of our adventures, I can’t think of a better place to begin then our honeymoon trip to Hawaii! We were married on Septemeber 26, 2015 at my parent’s home in small town Wisconsin. Family and friends spent a year and a half preparing and renovating the barn built in 1897. You can see pictures from our day from our absolutely marvelous photographers here. Anywho, that’s a story for another day, back to our honeymoon! We split our time between the islands of Oahu and Kauai, however today I’m going to discuss our experience on Oahu.

We left two days after our wedding and hopped on a plane to Honolulu from Chicago, IL. Too excited to sleep (which was probably my first time in all our travel history) we knocked out our wedding “thank you” cards in one fell swoop! It was fun to send them from the post office in Honolulu when we arrived.

We arrived in Honolulu around 5:30 pm and were picked up in our “taxi” which ended up being a stretch limo and drove straight to our hotel. We stayed at the Ala Moana hotel, a small affordable place about a 15 minute walk from Waikiki. We dropped our bags and walked a short distance to find a quick dinner and walk along the beach.

The next morning we snagged a quick breakfast at the Starbucks in the hotel lobby before our 5:45 am pick up time for Pearl Harbor and North Shore tour. I can’t recommend this tour enough! We often choose not to do the “touristy” options when traveling, but we learned SO much about the island and it’s history. As we chose to only do two full days on the island, I don’t think there is a more efficient way to see all the sights. Our tour guide was the absolute best and kept us entertained throughout the day.We had originally only booked the Pearl Harbor and North Shore tour, however decided to pay extra and stay along to visit the South Shore sights as well.

Here is a summary of the sights for the day, right from tour website:

  • World War II Historic Narration
  • Visit Oahu’s Pacific Historic Park
  • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
  • USS Arizona Memorial
  • World War II Museums
  • Dole Pineapple Pavilion
  • Scenic Island Lookout La’ie Point
  • Oahu’s Famous North Shore Beaches
  • Legendary Oahu Surf Spots
  • Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach
  • Lunch Included at Secret Location
  • Waimanalo Beach Park
  • Historic Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
  • South Shore Oahu‘s Rocky Shoreline
  • Halona Blowhole Lookout
  • Hanauma Bay Lookout (Closed Tuesdays)
  • Rabbit Island from Makapu’u Lookout
  • Kahala Estates Homes & Mansions

Here are a few highlights from the day!

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The Dole Whip (like Pineapple ice cream) at the Dole plantation was Kervin’s favorite! He has tried many versions since coming home, non which come close.2015-09-29-10-31-142015-09-29-12-08-28DCIM100GOPROGOPR0027.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0041.2015-09-30-06-38-56-1

The next morning after a quick walk along the beach we happened to stumble upon Goofy Cafe. It was SOO good and we ended up loving it so much we had breakfast there the following day before heading to the airport! The menu changes often and is a great way to eat local! After breakfast we headed to Hanauma Bay to snorkel and relax on the beach!We were able to take an Uber from our hotel for about $20 each way. It was the most beautiful day and the water could not have been more clear. Although we do have our own snorkel equipment, we opted to save space in our bags and rented right on the beach. For first time visitors there is a quick video orientation about do’s and don’ts for snorkeling at the bay. Haunama Bay was by far my favorite snorkeling spot of the whole trip!

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The photos really don’t do it justice!2015-09-30-10-27-54

After relaxing all morning at the beach we decided to do the hike up to Diamond head. It took us about 1.5 hours to complete the hike. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from the top, but is definitely worth doing to see the city and coastal views!

Where in the world: Oahu, Hawaii

Where we stayed: Ala Moana Hotel

How long we were there: 4 days, 3 nights

Where to eat: Goofy Cafe

Have you been to Oahu? What was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments.

Make sure to check back for Kauai: Honeymoon Part 2!

Until next time,

Lindsey

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