Day 7 – Saturday, September 19, 2015
We explored the eastern side of the island today, starting from the Pali Lookout and making our way along the coast. We stopped at the lookout point over Waimanalo Beach. It was amazing to watch the hang gliders fly over the hillsides and ocean below.
Pro tip: Don’t wear a dress when you do this drive! It’s very windy!
Day 8 – Sunday, September 20, 2015
We started our day at the swap meet, which is located at Aloha Stadium. I hadn’t been to a real swap meet in ages but it was wonderful! We got some matching Hawaii shirts and some other great souvenirs/reminders of home (for Kevin). Instead of calling it quits, I continued my shopping at Ala Moana, the biggest outdoor shopping mall in the world. It’s pretty amazing. Since I can only travel with so much, I focused on going into the stores that are unique to Hawaii. Here’s the outdoor of a Hawaiian surf store you won’t be able to find on the mainland!
Day 9 – Monday, September 21, 2015
Today, we ended up at the North Shore, where we enjoyed watching some turtles swim in the ocean, snorkeled with the fishies at Sharks Cove, swam and cliff dived (Kevin) at Waimea Bay, ate delicious shave ice at the renowned Matsumoto’s, and watched the gorgeous sunset over Haleiwa Beach Park. Since I’ve already shared a few different sunset shots with you, I thought I’d show you a photo of Sharks Cove. It’s a very unique spot that offers not only great snorkeling, but great scuba diving, too.
Day 10 – Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We started off the day by hiking to the summit of Diamond Head. It’s not a difficult hike, but the combination of the incline and sun blazing down on you can make it strenuous at times. There’s also lots of stairs to climb at the end, but the steeper route is shaded. I just pretended I was on the StairMaster.
Anyway, I’m so glad we did this because check out the view!! Hello, Waikiki! You are looking gorgeous today!
Pro tip: Go early – before it’s too hot and crowded!