Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I have a great Travel Tip Tuesday post in mind but will save it for next week.
Thursday we had planned to have lunch at the Kahala Resort located about 15 minutes away from Waikiki in the “posh posh” area of Oahu. Apparently so posh that our taxi driver said the houses in that neighborhood range from $15 to 40 MILLION dollars. Yes, why have one trillion when you can have one million?? Haha.
Early that morning my dad and husband rented a kayak and took it out for an hour. I enjoyed watching them and took a few pictures. Then we grabbed a beach umbrella and vegged out for a few hours before lunch. Once everyone was dressed and dolled up for the Kahala, we boarded the cab and off we were.
As the cab pulled up to the Kahala I can see why this is considered ultra-luxury. The lobby is an open air one (which I just love) and down one of the hallways there are several framed pictures adorning the walls of all the celebrities that have stayed at the resort. Nicholas Cage, Billy Joel…even Snoop Dog to name a few. The restaurant in which we had reservations is named “Plumeria” and the restaurant is also in an open-air setting right on the garden area with the ocean in the background. Pure, raw beauty.
We met up with my Hawaiian family members who had lunch with us. Prosecco to start and yummy fruity iced tea to follow. I had a salad and then had the fish tacos for my main entree. They were so incredibly good that I didn’t even stop to take a picture before devouring them. Fresh and spicy grilled huge chunks of Mahi-Mahi on a flour tortilla with cabbage slaw and some sort of tangy dressing. Probably the best fish tacos I’ve ever had.
After lunch came coffee and dessert, which I did get pictures of. I had the “famous” bread pudding and loved every minute of it. By the time lunch was over I felt about 10 lbs heavier and was convinced I would need to be rolled out of my chair and out of the restaurant!
After lunch we explored the resort grounds and watched the resident dolphins get some training time with guests who had enrolled in their dolphin experience. It was really nice to see them so close up. I love a dolphin smile.
I took these pictures from the grounds of the resort and enhanced them with my iphone apps. These are probably my most favorite pictures from the trip.
After lunch everyone was stuffed but we slowly got back to our normal state and went back out to the beach for a few more hours. The girls took a paddleboard out for a while and said that they saw sea turtles swimming about below them.
That evening we were all still pretty full from lunch but my husband had heard about the “Puka Dog” which is from Kauai and featured on the Travel Channel. The founders split into two separate entities and one moved to Oahu just outside the International Market Place. Serving the exact same style Hawaiian hot dog, this one was named “Hula Dog”. My husband was dead set on finding the place and trying one.
The difference between one of these hot dogs and a normal hot dog is that the bun (similar to a subway roll) has a hole in the middle in which the hot dog (or polish sausage) is inserted and the sauces are squeezed in around it. They have some pretty unique sauces that are only available in Hawaii and that is what all the rage is about.
We walked around that night for what seemed like forever and finally located the place. My husband then does the unthinkable…he orders his Hula dog with REGULAR mustard! What? He said he was afraid to order something “exotic” in case he didn’t like it. The Hula dog and a fresh lemonade was $10. I really wanted some noodles of some sort, my son wanted pizza and the girls weren’t that hungry. So we hit up the food court at the open air mall for Japanese noodles and pizza and then moved on to the ABC Store for the girls to get small sandwiches, chips and soda. The ABC store was packed and it was already around 9pm.
Once again I had to finish off the evening with something mixed with vodka on ice (I promise, I only drink like this on vacation!) and some quiet time on the lanai. I really didn’t know how I was going to manage without this once I got back to Texas!