I think the jet lag is just now catching up with me. Five days after getting home – is that even possible? I’m finding it hard to keep my eyes open in the morning but can’t hardly go to bed at a decent hour at night!
Anyway, the first full day in Hawaii. Ah….Hawaii. Since my body was still operating on Texas time I happened to wake up several times throughout the night and finally couldn’t stay in bed any longer. I got up around 7am and found that my mom and dad had been awake already for a few hours and had even been down to Starbucks. Did I mention that there was a Starbucks downstairs? Perfect.
It was so cool and breezy that morning and every morning thereafter – quite a welcome change from the boiling hell of Texas summer. I sat on the lanai for a while just taking in the scenery. Same thing every morning: the beach equipment stand guys would dig the holes for the umbrellas and set up the chairs. The bird guy would dig the hole for his umbrella and set up his stand. About an hour after that he would go home and get his birds…7 of them to be exact….2 cockatoos, 2 eclectus, 2 macaws and 1 amazon. The once-surfer-now-beach-bum would wake up from his “bed” on the beach and wait for the restrooms to open so he could clean himself up for the day and twice that week there was a hula class going on next door to the tune of ukulele music. What an awesome place!
After coffee and a little breakfast, we woke the kids so we could take a walk out on the beach. Directly outside the building there is what they call a “jetty” in which you can walk out on. I was able to get some great pictures from out there. My daughter bends over and dropped one of her sandals into the ocean. It started to sink as the waves were pushing it a bit further out to where I couldn’t reach. I don’t know why but I instinctively stepped off of the jetty onto the rock attempting to save the sandal as if it were my daughter herself! My foot slipped and my whole leg went down in between two rocks and at this point I was waist deep. I ended up saving the sandal (yay) but when I got back up I had forgotten I was wearing some thin beige Capri pants which now, soaking wet, were completely transparent. Good thing I was carrying a big purse. I had to go upstairs and change.
After the shoe incident and clothing change, we took a walk along the shopping area of Waikiki. Of course, the first shop we walk into, my husband is ready to start buying stuff. I had to remind him to slow down, since we were going to be there the week and might see other things we’d like to get. He did end up getting a couple of shirts and I spent $7 on the best darn pair of sandals ever created. I bought a pair years ago while in Florida but my dog had chewed them up since and I just had to have another. I haven’t seen them for sale anywhere else. They are pure heaven, like clouds on your feet.
We walked down all the way to the Hyatt Waikiki building and back, taking a few pictures along the way. By the time we returned to the condo, it was lunch hour. We took advantage of the Subway inside the condo building and found out that it’s not “$5 foot long” in Hawaii – it’s more like “$9 foot long” as 3 foot longs and 1 6” with chips and drinks came to over $40.
The rest of the daylight hours were nothing but beach-filled. We spent the entire day on the beach and in the ocean. My niece arrived in the evening and was able to take some of that in as well with us. We ended the day with an interesting experience at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
Having eaten at the ones in Orlando and Las Vegas, my husband and I thought we would enjoy the one in Waikiki. It is located inside the Holiday Inn Beachcomber hotel and was quite empty when we arrived. When I took a look at the prices inside I almost had a coronary. $25 average per meal…and I’m talking nothing fancy here – the same food you would get at any Chili’s or TGI Fridays. We got a chuckle while placing our drink orders. The waitress was nice but obviously not a very good listener. My son ordered Dr. Pepper. She said “Root Beer?” He said “No, Dr. Pepper please”. She said “Ok, I’ll be right out with your root beer.” My husband said “Dr. Pepper” and she laughed and apologized. When she brought the drinks she said out loud each drink as she passed them out. She got to my son and said…..yup, you got it “Root Beer”. At this point we were like, forget it it’s not even worth it she obviously wasn’t paying attention and told my son to just drink the root beer.
Everyone except my mother and me settled on the $17 cheeseburgers (“In Paradise” lol get it). Since we don’t eat meat but eat fish, we ordered the fish sandwich. Mom asked the waitress what kind of fish it was and although I can’t remember the name, she said it was locally caught and was similar to tuna or swordfish. Sounded good but what we actually got wasn’t as advertised. The fish was dryer than a popcorn fart on a bun but holy crap my mom and I ate it anyway since they cost $16 a piece! We weren’t in the mood to complain about it and just laughed the entire time while trying to choke them down with our beers. And – I don’t know about you but if I’m going to Jimmy Buffet’s restuaurant, I expect to hear Jimmy Buffet music playing or some steel drums…something tropical at least. Nope, not so much. We felt we were back in Texas since all they were playing was country music.
Waikiki is a happening place at night. It reminds me of New York City and Las Vegas in a way. We left the restaurant around 930pm and the streets were crowded. There were still lines to get into other restaurants and I could hear music off to the distance. As we arrived back to the condo I spent some time sitting on the lanai watching the hustle and bustle of people walking through on the beach. I don’t think people sleep in Hawaii. Maybe they don’t want to lose out on a minute of their time there – I don’t blame them.