It’s been hard playing catch-up this past month! I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of July! If June was the month of “Engagement”, then July is the month of “Home Preparation.” This includes the last few weeks of painting, re-painting (apparently, colors on tiny swatches aren’t what you expect on a full out wall), and furniture arrival! J and I joke that we’ve been working so hard to “prepare” for the house, we wonder when it will ever really feel like it’s ours? Maybe when we actually MOVE IN. Thus, phase two of July: PACKING. Ugh.
Enjoy Day 2 of Hawai’i, which sadly feels like a distant memory already.
Day 2. June 26, 2009 (Friday)
Southeast & Windward Oahu
Spam & Banana Pancakes
* Eggs N Things – Woke up and had THIS for brunch. Now I get what Jack Johnson dedicates a whole song to… He forgot to mention the coconut syrup. Yummm.
Haunauma Bay Natural Preserve aka Snorkeling Capital
* Haunauma Bay – Just BEAUTIFUL. It took me awhile to get used to swimming with snorkeling gear. The sound of me breathing just conjured up images of Darth Vadar – underwater. But it was tres romantic swimming underwater with J beside me. We even came up with an impromptu “sign language” for: ” Look! A fish!” or “Watch out for the coral!” or “Alright, suffocating now. Must have air.”
*Buzz’s Diner – Grub after snorkeling.
*Lanikai Beach – aka. The Millionaire’s Backyard. Check this place out before the 3 feet of sand disappear.
* Fireworks at Waikiki – J was a bit grumpy that I made him stay out to watch the fireworks show, especially after a long day of snorkeling and driving. But we were all smiles once we saw the spectacular display. Disneyland definitely has some competition.
* E’lua – means “two” in Hawaiian. Had dinner here since the restaurant prior had closed (argh. Outdated Lonely Planet guide). Live jazz with an all Asian & Pacific Islander band! Only in Hawai’i…
* Almost Mai Tai Bar – after a 15 minute search at the Ala Moana Center to find the Mai Tai Bar, we discover a crammed open air bar, loud live band, and a stubborn line. We opt for Islands and sit out on their patio area to enjoy the Mai Tai’s music from a close distance.