With the six hour time difference, we were on senior citizen time zone throughout the trip, meaning we woke up at 6am and hit the hay by 9PM. One night, we even had the early bird special for dinner! Oahu round 1, we stayed close to Waikiki beach, relaxing and hanging out in the ocean.
Here's Waikiki from the top of the Diamond Head crater.
Scuba diving to see shipwrecks
We visited the USS Arizona memorial and the Bowfin submarine at Pearl Harbor.
Nick in front of the Bowfin
Me touring the Bowfin
Entrance to Diamond Head, about a 45 minute walk from our hotel
Climbing Diamond Head crater (about a 1.5 hr hike)
Nick en route
After the first few days, we flew to the island of Kauai for five days, then back to Oahu. The second time in Oahu, we stayed in Waikiki, but rented a car and explored other parts of the island. We drove to the east side of the island (Windward Oahu, which is famous for its views.)
View of Oahu from Nuuanu Pali
Dogs playing on Kailua beach (that little dachshund was quite the digger!)
We also drove to Oahu's famous North Shore, which is home to the world's best surfing in the winter and calm beaches in the summer. There is a famous jumping rock at Waimea Bay. Nick didn't want to go first, but he's a Marty McFly at heart, and once I called him a chicken, he scrambled up the rock and jumped right off.
For the record, Nick jumped first, but I jumped twice, so our bravery is about on par with each other.... and the millions of other stupid teenage boys who were jumping.
Here is Nick eating some Presidential ice cream
More about Kauai next time!