Aloha, Hawaii! (Day 2)

It’s our Day 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii. First of all, I am too lazy to walk, let alone hike a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island that is 761 feet above the sea. Sometimes my husband has to drag me out of the house just to walk for an hour or so, but not in Hawaii. This might be the first and the last (hopefully not) time to ever step a foot in Hawaii, so I told myself that I need to hike this volcanic tuff cone. It took us around 2.5 hours for round trip which actually was pretty fun! My husband even was amazed at me, haha!

We spent the morning planning the next 2 days in Hawaii that we went to hike around 2pm. Going from the station nearby, we took TheBus number 2. Hiking this Diamond Head at 2pm was not as bad as I thought. Turns out it’s even better since the sun didn’t shine too much, and it’s windy. Sometimes light rain came in Hawaii for only 3 – 5 seconds. Taking a jacket would be too much since it’s hot there, but a hat would be a better choice.

The “Fee Area” is still far ahead

It’s pretty far from the bus stop to the entrance of Diamond Head. For someone like me, who does not like walking, it’s quite steep. They charge you USD5/car, or if you walk like us, it’s USD1/person. You can get a map at the entrance, showing 21 points of hiking you will be passing. I think that numbers motivated me to go to the last points because to my surprise, I kept walking! It’s very steep for me, I never hiked before, and I took rest so many times along the way. One more thing though, I saw people getting colorful shaved ice after they hiked. That too, kept me going. And besides, we’re in Hawaii!

The view from the top of Diamond Head

It’s very windy up there and actually there’s not much space with so many people. We just spent around 15 minutes up there, taking pictures and videos. Even though the pictures look good, it’s not as good as what I saw. Sometimes I’m just too lazy to take picture for other people to see, because they are not going to see the beauty I see, and I don’t see the point of it. Well, they say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It’s damn true.

Rainbow shaved ice & Coconut

I was so happy getting my shaved ice from the truck behind me after 2 hours hiking. What’s more, they gave us 2 coconuts instead of 1 because we happened to be their last customer. Thank God I walked faster down the hill.

We were planning to go to Manoa Falls afterwards but they closed at 4pm. It would take around 40 minutes by TheBus, we couldn’t make it. So we just went back to the hotel with TheBus number 23 from different bus station, and enjoyed the rest of the day walking around the beach by again, sneaking into what we thought a hotel’s entrance to their beach.

An exciting Day 3 was Water Sport time! We did Parasail and went to Waikiki Starlight Hawaiian Luau at Hilton, brought to you by Orbitz.