cal and jerrycoin
Yes, it was a squeaker, but it ended up fine. For whatever reason (I guess they thought their bags wouldn't make it) my mother and daughter decided to carry on (my wife checked the 'family' bag). We looked like the folks trying to catch the last helicopter out of Saigon hustling through the terminal, I believe my shoulders are now permanently drooped.
The good news - it's great weather and we're now in full relax mode.
LOL, I don't think so! I've had negative experiences at the local BKs, though all were in Pearl City! I'm sure erc won't really visit my hometown!
Culinarily speaking, visitors to Hawaii should treat our cuisine the same way you'd treat a cuisine in a foreign country! Eat what the locals eat, and ignore the chain restaurants! In most cases, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised...
Thanks, yes this Saturday we dine with the Insiders Couple of the Year, the kharada46's; photos to follow. I'll have to be careful what I consume, because with Mr. Hawaii there, it will all be catalogued
That's some story! I'm glad you made it here on-time and that everything worked out in your favor!
By the way, you won't have to worry too much about me cataloguing! Unfortunately the electronics in my lens failed when we were in Paris, so I've been having to manually focus most of my photos, which takes much too long for my liking. I'm still thinking about it, but I may just have to come with just a point-and-shoot or my iPhone haha!
On another note erc, I've got my fingers crossed, however, weather reports are saying there is a possibility of thunderstorms beginning on Sunday
Hopefully the weather will hold out while you're here! If not, you'll have to consider a move to the MVC Ko Olina or JW Marriott Ihilani, where it's almost always sunny!
LOL! Well erc, I'm glad you're having a grand time! When are you going to Alan Wong's? I'd love to give you my recommendations before you pay your visit
For more ice cream indulgence, I'd highly recommend you head over to Bubbie's Ice Cream near the University of Hawaii if you're able to. They have their own ice cream pies & cakes and other specialties with outrageous names such as "Keep it Up All Night" and "Functioning Prostate"
By the way, if you need any help, feel free to contact me... you have my info! I'll get back to you as soon as possible, but can't make any promises while I'm at work
Alan Wong's got bumped to make way for a North Shore and waterfalls swim all day tour tomorrow, so you can give me the scoop on Saturday (if I survive the Banzai Pipeline). Today is a drive around the southeastern portion of the island, I'll say hello to the good folks of Kailua, jot the First Family a few notes about any new dessert hangouts, Lookout for a Pali (a Slawson Cutoff reference for those of us old enough to be your parents ) and then put our game faces on and close out with a Pearl Harbor visit.
Broke off from the pack yesterday with a pleasant walk in Waikiki while the ladies hit the beach and had my first sushi lunch on the go on the island at what I believe you locals call, The Food Pantry. I know, I know, perhaps a notch below Nobu, but wait until you have children (of all ages) who can devour cash flow quicker than you can down a spicy tuna tataki roll and you'll understand and besides, it was still deeelicious.
Ok, like you islanders like to say, hasta luego.
Ok, ok let the chops busting began. You know you're an effective rabble rouser when some of the forum's nicest guys like kharada and bejacobs join in (by liking) like a pack of hungry wolves wanting blood!
I'm pacing Granny (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it ) like a bullpen reliever that's thrown four games in a row, so we specifically saved Diamondhead for a fresh start, all by itself. Yesterday was our drive around day and we caught some terrific sights, (pictures will eventually follow, but I'm up before the paperboy, all of my photo editors are snoozing). We got out and walked all around Maunalua Bay, caught several spouts of the Halona Blowhole, and somewhat leisurely stopped all along the coast at the various scenic views and lookouts. I say, somewhat leisurely, because while the girls enjoyed the view, I used the lookout, to look out - for those heat seeking tour buses, four or five of them chocked full of plastic lei wearing, elbow positioning, backpack carrying visitors tracking me (and all of my first round draft pick spots) like hyenas after a baby gazelle! Mission accomplished - no not quite a major hike, but at least a notch above Waikiki sissy walks.
We continued on up to Kailua informing the locals that my neighbor from the hood would be stopping by next week and then onto Pali Lookout and then a very special visit to Pearl Harbor and the Naval Base. We topped off the day (a pretty lengthy one, so we were all a bit satisfactorily tired) at Gordon Biersch at the Aloha Tower Market in downtown Honolulu where true to form, I used my 20% bonus gift card, leading my daughter to remark, "Dad, I think you've now done a dinner deal in all fifty states". Why, I oughtta..... (if I wasn't so tired, I'd have cut off her dessert privileges).
Like I wrote, photos will be coming later in the trip, besides I'm holding back to see what Hawaii's own TMZ man shoots at the dinner (now that you've revved him up), I might have to drag out some of his high school band photos in self defense . Off to the waves and waterfalls, aloha.
I'll take that as a huge compliment from a fellow rabble rouser, thank you!!! And you are up before the news has even become news in HNL, forget the paperboy.
Sounds like you're having a blast as would be expected, keep pacing Granny and remind your daughter of just who her Dad is and dinner deals are not simply restricted to "50 states"
Enjoy all and remember, kharada46 is not typical of that age group so keep an eye on your high school pictures as well.
With all the discussion about Hawaii going on, I thought a poll might be in order.
Don't really know how to respond to your poll! I'm biased because I live on Oahu, but I do love Maui too... though it's been over a decade since my last visit!
LOL! Really? Good luck in getting those high school pictures! Unless you have Jerry & Mary helping... I believe those are the only 2 Insiders I've found on Facebook thus far...
I haven't decided whether or not I'll bring my camera yet. We'll see. As I look out the window at work, I'm hoping the weather holds up! Looks very grey outside... But yup, those tourists are everywhere!
Speaking of tourist hotspots, if you like the International Marketplace, you better check it out before you leave! The Marketplace will be closed and torn down at the end of the month!
Thanks for the information on The International Marketplace!
Used to do "Coin shows there", would stay at the nice Ren., walk thru the mall, and have a great time at the marketplace!
Had a lot of good dinners at "Spats" (Hyatt}, but have not been back for a few years. Honolulu was my favorite place in all of Hawaii!
Just my take!
Really? I would love to see the "Coin Show" in Honolulu!
Unfortunately, the International Marketplace is the last casualty on this list. Renaissance Ilikai had a long fall from fame and is still falling. The Hyatt decided to revamp all of it's dining options and now has two signature restaurants called Japengo & Shor.
But to pay tribute to the International Marketplace and preview the future, the Honolulu Magazine put together this article:
Wow! I used to really like walking through and would spend money there. Lately, it was more of a walk through. Things keep changing and as they do it becomes more expensive.
jerrycoin I ate at Spats too. I enjoyed the food there.
Today was another great time in Hawaii. We had an action packed day heading up to the North shore, stopping along the way at Waimea Falls, swinging through the town of Haleiwa, dropping by a bale of sea turtles and closing out with an early dinner in Waikiki and fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
**or perhaps Dad was curling beers at the Bonzai Brewpub, he often gets his facts confused!
Sounds like an amazing day! Be prepared to share all of your adventures when we meet tomorrow! Hopefully your lookout skills will be sharp tomorrow as you'll be heading into the heart of the battle zone! Where you watching hula at?
At any rate, we look forward to seeing you and the family tomorrow!
Had a great day driving around listening to Jake Shimbukuro and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole tunes (we really did, but I also wanted to use most, if not all of the letters of the Hawaiian alphabet). Went by the Schofield Barracks and gave a tip of the hat to bpelican for his service to our country and drove by the Dole maze and thought of you. I had a terrific coconut peanut butter and banana sandwich in Haleiwa. We were told that they have hula demonstrations in the afternoon at the Ala Moana Center, so we're going to swing by there and check it out.
The gang is all pumped up about dinner with you guys tonight. You can bring any photographic weapons you want tonight, just no videography, I need plausible deniability that "I really didn't eat all of that". You're just going to have to tell Mrs. Kharada, "don't worry honey, they aren't moving here and they'll be gone soon, just look at it as community service". See you tonight, I'll be the guy at the host stand saying "hey, are you kharada, how about you, did you just get married and come back from an European honeymoon". Don't be late, or I may be asked to leave .
Remember, no plastic leis. (15 biggest souvenir-buying no-no's15 biggest souvenir-buying no-no's). I'd say the same goes for plastic grass skirts.
It's funny you should mention that - plastic grass skirts. My daughter is specifically looking for one for a little cousin of hers (4 years old) and can only find straw ones with coconuts. The folks at all of the shops told her to go to Wal-Mart. Heck, we might as well order it from Amazon from my La-Z-Boy!
We just took a bike tour from a local who updated us on a lot of the commercial/residential development, and true enough the place is hopping (as it relates to the IM going down). There's a new Ritz going up down the street from where we are staying and a second residential tower is being added to the already large Ala Moana Center - money is chasing deals and it's apparently creating its own momentum.
Sounds like a great plan! Just stay out of the water on the North Shore! Sounds like the waves are getting dangerously big! And hang on to any hats or loose clothing at the Pali Lookout. Though there may not be much wind by the time you visit... trade winds are dying off yet again today!
Haha, you know... I've never been to Nobu. Not here or anywhere else in the world! I did go to Morimoto's once and got to meet him! Great experience... but there are many around town. But, if I'm thinking correctly, Food Pantry may be owned by Foodland? At any rate, one of my favorite places to get poke is Foodland, specifically the Hawaiian Style poke. Pai'na has great poke bowls too and is conveniently located at Ward Warehouse shopping center and in Koko Marina shopping center.
At any rate, I expect to see pictures either on Saturday or on MRI, detailing your adventures!