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Hawaiian Honeymoon - Part 3

Catch up on Part 1 of our Hawaiian honeymoon here
Catch up on Part 2 of our Hawaiian honeymoon here

Wednesday, July 31
I woke up about 6 am to the sound of a screen door being closed.  Nick was already awake and was out on our balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Considering Hawaii is 5 hours behind Chicago (making it 11 am CST), I was still pretty tired since we hadn't gone to sleep the night before until around 1 am.  However, we had arrived in the dark last night and I still hadn't gotten to really see our balcony views yet so I hopped out of bed and joined him outside.  It was amazing to say the least.  We had a wide open view of the ocean and the Waikiki beach strip with Diamond Head in the background.  It was so early still but there were already lots of surfers out and people walking the beach so we headed down to explore.


We walked about a 1/2 mile down the beach and we couldn't take it all in fast enough.  The ocean water was already warm and Nick was ready to swim!  We were getting hungry so we decided to walk back to our hotel via the street.  It was around 7 am and lots of little cafes and shops were opening for the day.  ABC Stores are huge in Hawaii and there was one on practically every corner in Waikiki.  They are like a convenience store combined with a tourist gift store but with extremely reasonable prices.  Needless to say, throughout our 2 weeks on the islands we spent quite a bit of money at the ABC stores! We stopped into our first one that morning and stocked up on suntan lotion and some snacks for the room.

We checked out a couple of other resorts near ours that we had considered staying at before heading back to our room to get ready for breakfast.  Our resort, the Moana Surfrider, had an outdoor restaurant in the back courtyard that we decided to try out.  While at breakfast, light rain started to fall.  We were prepared for this as the weather forecast was predicting an 80% chance of rain today as this would be the last day that Oahu felt the effects of Tropical Storm Flossie.  The rain stopped after about 10 minutes and we saw our first Hawaiian rainbow!

 Breakfast time!

 Tahitian vanilla french toast

 Great way to start the day!

After breakfast, the sun was still shining so what did we do?  Head to the beach of course!  We spent the morning swimming, working on our tans (that may have just been me, Nick burned) and just relaxing.  A little around noon, the light rain began again.  This was the perfect excuse to head back to the room and drink mai tai's eat lunch.  We ate our Subway and breakfast leftovers and enjoyed the mai tai's provided by our hotel.  The rain only lasted about 15 minutes but it was nice to do some more relaxing on our balcony.  We had early dinner reservations but decided to head back down to the beach for a couple of hours.

The ocean, mai tai's and a comfy robe.. what more can a girl need

At 5 pm we headed to the resort next to ours to Duke's for our dinner reservation.  Despite what you may think, we aren't actually grandparents - since our original Duke's reservation was for Tuesday (and we were stranded in LA), we had to reschedule and 5 pm was the only available time at this popular restaurant.  A friend had strongly recommended this restaurant to Nick so we knew we had to try it.. even if that meant eating at 5 pm.  Our table wasn't ready when we checked in so they gave us a buzzer and directed us to the bar.  Duke's is famous for their mai tai's so obviously we had to give it a try.





Our table was ready soon after and the food was amazing!  They had a pasta and salad bar that came with all dinner entrees and we were practically full before we even got to our main course.  We powered through but made sure to save room for Duke's second most popular dish: the Hula Pie.  I had read all about Hula Pie before coming to Hawaii and Duke's seemed to be the favorite.  It did NOT disappoint.  We pretty much had to roll ourselves back to our resort after dinner.


Macadamia nut ice cream piled high on a chocolate cookie crust and topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts

It was only about 7 pm when we got back to our resort so we decided to head to the outdoor bar.  When we checked in the night before, we had received two complimentary drink tickets.  We each got a glass of wine and chatted with our bartender about what it was like to actually live in Hawaii. After a while, the bar started to fill up so we took our drinks and headed to the front porch of the resort.  The front porch was lined with rocking chairs looking out onto the strip.  This became our very favorite spot in the hotel.  We spent over an hour just rocking and talking, people watching, and enjoying our wine.


Cheers to being married!

At about 8:30 we were sleepy from the wine and the time changes in general, so we decided to call it a night.  I had planned on going to the Pearl Harbor memorial the next day and after doing a lot of reading online, knew that we would have to be there pretty early if we wanted to get tickets (they only give out a limited amount each day).  We decided to stop by the concierge desk to ask about what time we should leave in the morning.  The concierge highly recommended that we get there when the doors opened at 7 am.  She said that a line will often build before the doors even open and we wouldn't want to get there any later than 6 am.. sometimes that can even be too late, that is how fast they run out of tickets.  Wow, not quite what I was expecting!  Seeing Pearl Harbor was so important to both of us and one of the main reasons we decided to visit Oahu so I knew it was going to be an early morning.

Next Wednesday.. will we make it in time to get tickets to see Pearl Harbor?

3 comments

  1. What a view! Looking at the French toast and pie is making me hungry. I'm excited to hear about the Pearl Harbor memorial and more of the honeymoon!

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  2. Awww love Day 3!
    Isn't it SO beautiful there? It's so surreal. I never want to leave Hawaii, because going back to reality is like a slap in the face! And that Hula pie...MAN do I want a slice of that right now!

    ps...you're SO gorgeous!

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  3. Okay -- so I started clicking away, and I ended up over here! Love reading your honeymoon stories! I've been to Hawaii a couple of times, and Oahu is GORGEOUS. I cannot get over that picture of the rainbow. It is absolute perfection! You and your hubs are too cute, by the way. Loving this!
    xo

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