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Oahu Day 9 + 10 | Sunrise at Sandy Beach, Lanikai Beach

 

Day 9

Started the day at Sandy Beach or 'Broke Neck Beach’ to the locals, for sunrise. While it seemed like it was going to be cloudy, it ended up clearing up and being a really pretty sunrise.

I also finally go to try the Souffle Pancakes from The Cream Pot. The pancakes were pretty pricey but so fluffy and good. (Thanks for the rec Ian!)

Because we were up so early for sunrise, it was only 8AM so we decided to check out Waikiki, the most touristy beach on the island with all hotels lined up along the beach. We walked through one of the hotels, and while it was really nice, I didn’t love the touristy feel of the area. There really is just so much more on the island to see, eat and do. But they really did make the downtown area really gorgeous, especially at night.

While we were in the area we drove to Ubae for their ube cheescake tarts, 2/5, it wasn’t bad but pretty expensive for how small of a cheesake it was, it didn’t have a partciularly strong ube taste either. We went next door and got some laulau from Young’s Fish Market.

The entire trip, all I wanted was a fresh coconut, while there were lots of fresh coconut stands along the road around the island I never got one. We happened to stumble upon a farmer’s market where a guy was selling HUGE coconuts for $5, it even came with a handmade wood straw. He opened it up right in front of us, and explained where he climbed and harvested them on the island.

We couldn’t leave without one last stop at Lanikai, so spent our afternoon just relaxing on the beach. We also proceeded to do a mini photoshoot with our coconut before Jordan tore it open and we ate the coconut meat.

We got lunch at Rainbow’s, before visiting Jordan’s grandma one last time at her hair salon. I got their mixed plate and Jordan got the loco moco. Can’t go wrong with some good Hawaiian fast food. We also saw the coolest VW vans all over the island and here was a pretty green one parked outside Rainbow’s.

Day 10

Our last day we packed, had our last pound of poke from Foodland, visited Jordan’s grandpa’s grave one last time and finally tried the McDonald’s Ube Pie. Why did it take me until the last day to try this, it was so good, better than the ube cheesecake.

Before we knew it, our 10 days in Oahu were over! Belly’s full, a few shades darker, and rejuvinated, we were out! Until next time!

 

Oahu Day 5 | Makapu'u Tide Pools, Lanikai Beach, China Walls

 

Day 5 — Kailua (South East)

Started our day a little later this day, but we were out to Kailua the south east region of Oahu. We visited the Makapu’u Tidepools, which often gets missed. It is a hike off the main trail up to the more well known Makapu’u Lighthouse.

After the parking in the Lighthouse Trail parking lot, walk up the paved path for about 20-25 minutes. While it is paved and isn’t a hard trail it is uphill and it is hot, so you will be tired. There are signs along the trail that educate you about the area and wild life, when you find the sign about the whales you will reach the part where you begin you descent.

If you look down you will see the tide pools below in the distance. From here you just make your way down the lava rocks, I wouldn’t say there’s a defined path but just keep going down the safest way possible. At the bottom you can swim in the tide pools and see the parallel blow holes called Dragon’s Nostril’s.

 
 

After our morning hike, we wanted to spend the rest of the day just hanging out at the beach. We headed to Lanikai Beach and this was our first opportunity to just do nothing and hangout. We picked up some poke and chips and laid out our beach mat. I also wanted to get some more photos of the haku before it completely wilted.

Lanikai is a gorgeous beach, pretty crowded and hard to find parking, but has nice snorkeling if you swim a little farther out and a view of Chinaman’s Hat.

After a few hours just relaxing, we wanted to finish the day with sunset at China Walls. This was a great spot to watch the sunset and surfers surfing the last waves of the day.

After sunset we headed to Costco to pickup souvenirs, the classic chocolate covered macadamia nuts but also bags of toffee nut cookies. Post Costco we met up with his family at Sura Hawaii for KBBQ. It was pretty good, they had some really good sides too!

Bonus, look how cute Jordan’s grandma is: