And…We’re Off!

Aloha from Honolulu!
After 13 hours of travel we have arrived. Good news – It’s stll just as gorgeous here as it was the last time we visited in 2009-2010. We were greeted with customary leis that were beautiful & smelled AMAZING!
After recovering from the plane ride we visited the super market to pick up some food to snack on while staying w/Cory’s Aunt Beth. It was a bit shocking that everything costs double what it does at home! But, since the vast majority has to be shipped over, not really that shocking when you think about it.
We relaxed by the pool briefly & walked to dinner at Gordon Biercsh in Aloha Tower. And then – best part – we slept for 12+ hours. We were tired pups.
On Tuesday we woke up & walked a couple of miles to Ward Warehouse, got shut down trying to go to the farmer’s market (they wouldn’t let Cory take his backpack in), bought some gifts for family & did a little shopping for ourselves, of course. We grabbed some sushi & bento bowls from a corner shop in downtown Honolulu on our way back to Beth’s condo & hit the beach!
My Beach Read – finally finished this baby.
There are so many beaches on Oahu, the one we went to yesterday is called Ala Moana (in Hawaiann this means “By the Ocean”). People were everywhere – playing beach volleyball, paddle boarding, jogging, grilling out, hanging with their family & friends, swimming, laying out, napping, reading – you name it. I had a lovely time laying out in the sand, reading & feeling the warm sun on my skin, while Cory was in & out of the water. Then we took walk on the beach, which is something we’ve only done in Mexico on our honeymoon. It was nice. Until I stubbed my toe. : /
Tuesday evening we met some of Beth’s friends at this tiki bar-style restaurant called La Mariana. The service was bad (hey – what did we expect from a tiki bar), the booze was good, the food was decent & the company was hilarious. A couple of big wig woman from NYC, a sweet retired lady – who loves her liquor – and us. : )
On the walkway to the restaurant.
We finished the evening with a night cap at Shirley’s (above mentioned sweet retired lady) because she lives a couple floors down from Beth & has a lanai (read – deck). Good day.
On Wednesday we slept in, hung around the condo until we were hungry for lunch & decided to walk around downtown in search of something yummy. Not hard to find. First we hit up Starbucks where I very happily ordered an ICED grande skinny vanilla latte.
 Then we grabbed some sushi & headed back in. It was time for diving!!
Beth LIVES to dive & has done so around the world. Cory had not been diving for about 5 years, so he was looking forward to getting back out there. Me? I stayed on the boat & sunbathed. : ) I had planned to snorkel, but the water was too cold for my taste. I better toughened up though, my sweet husband booked us a 2 hour paddle board lesson on Friday & I’m pretty sure that I will not be using the “cold water” as an excuse!
On the dive boat.
The Dive Tanks.
But the water out in the ocean was so blue, it was unbelievable. Sadly, to me it looked like food coloring blue, but I’m sure that someone else has a prettier description of the exact blue that it is. Unbelievable. I’ve seen turquoise waters but never any like this.
In the evening we took Pepper (Beth’s new Mini-Cooper) down to Ward, where we grabbed a bite to eat at Wahoo & listened to live music. The band was called Simple Souls & they covered songs from Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” to Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Super cool. I bought two of their CDs on the spot. Then we walked down to the movie theater & watched New Years Eve.
Truthfully, we paid for tickets to The Descendants, which was filmed on this island, but decided to sneak in to a movie that hadn’t started yet & come back for The Descendants another night. NYE was not as bad as we were expecting & it got me super excited for our very own NYE in Hawaii!
So that’s where we leave off – I plan to blog more about our trip after we go live it!