Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people.
Being in the US this time of the year meant so much for me. I get to celebrate my 6th Thanksgiving dinner in the last 7 years. It’s also Jovi’s first Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the whole shebang experience. I admit we went typical American and gone crazy shopping.
The Jerald Garcia family hosted for us 5 days in their lakeside home in Hawaii Kai, Honolulu. As a wedding present, they also gave me and my husband a one-night stay at Hilton Waikiki. I got to meet and spend a lot of time with my nieces Coco, Matthew and Paolo. Towards the end of the trip, the Sala family toured us in North Shore for some of biggest surfer waves on the planet. As souvenir, they gave us macadamia nuts, chocolates and Kona coffee we would enjoy many months later. It’s true when they say that family and friends are the most important things in life.
Here is our 6-day itinerary in Oahu, Hawaii:
Day 1: Waikiki
The plane trip from Kauai to Oahu takes less than an hour. Our itinerary started with a generous wedding gift from Jovi’s cousin, Jerald – a night’s stay at Hilton Waikiki. In the afternoon, my husband and I walked the entire Kalakaua street, also known as Honolulu’s version of Beverly Hills.
|Kalakaua street in Waikiki
|The famous Waikiki Beach
|No surf lessons for me but I did learn in Siargao, eventually
Day 2: Thanksgiving Day
|The Green Bus
We visited the Honolulu Zoo ($14 per person). Here’s some pictures of the African landscape:
|Jovi loves animals
We had Thanksgiving dinner in Jerald’s house. We will be forever grateful for his family’s warm welcome and for lending us a spare to drive around. Here’s a picture of the dinner spread:
Day 3: Black Friday
Day 4: Hiking Diamond Head Trail
In the afternoon, Jovi and I hiked the Diamond Head Trail, one of the most recognisable landmarks in Oahu. It was an easy hike with spectacular views which took us little over an hour to finish.
|A trail leads visitors to the summit of this volcanic tuff cone & former fort with panoramic views
|Pictures don’t do justice to the 360 of “wow” that is Oahu
Day 5: More Shopping In Alamoana
We went back to Alamoana Shopping Center again for more shopping at nearby Walmart and Ross. At night, we had a dinner at Cha-cha-cha Salsaria for a party of ten together with the Garcia and Sala families. I ordered the Surf and Turf burrito – the steak is distinguished U.S. beef. Delicious!
|With the Salas, Garcias and Tita Henny (wearing purple)
Day 7: Golf and North Shore
|My husband and I played golf with Jerald, Pao and Matt
From Hawaii Kai, it took us 40-minutes to drive to the North Shore, known for some of the largest, surfer-friendly waves on the planet. Together with the Sala family, we spent time at Sunset Beach watching pro surfers.
|Larger than life waves – they get higher in winter season
Day 7: Last Day Spent At Sandy Beach & A Great Dinner
Sticking with our tradition of romantic last-day dinners, Jovi and I ate at Roy’s Original Hawaii. We ordered Black Ahi Tuna, their premier White Fish Dish, a set of appetizers and chocolate soufflé for dessert.
|Pokē is theHawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”.
What I wish we did:
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