We decided to take the hour long bus ride to pay our respect in Arizona memorial, pearl harbour. The long bus ride from the sky high downtown building to the less fancy, local area. We visit the tanioka’s seafood store to get the authentic local food. We got poki bowel, octopus salad, seaweed salad and local nameless desert made of coconut, taro.
We had picnic under a palm tree outside the memorial. The picnic is helirous because of kids comments. Brilliant kids spoke ridiculous ideas that sort of things.
The layout of the park are simple and easy to navigate. We went into the short film room and walk around the educational posts. the memorial park expand a lot since our visit in 2013. They relearned the history with a more matured Point of view. The invasion, the war, the lost life, history is a lesson to learn.
Friday night is the firework night. We went to the rainbow lanai Friday BBQ buffet. Philip an I agreed we need to feed our big boys. The boys love the buffet. The food elevated their spirits. We had the table with the ocean view. The overall environment is pleasant, food are ok but the most important thing is that they are happy and satisfied.
Fire work is not that impressive. We will see how the one in Fourth of July goes.
Evening swim in the ocean is a luxury. The wave was gentle and the air was warm. My kids decide to have the night swim and dig holes. The view of the buildings surround the Waikiki beach. It is a incredible view. My kids are having fun but there is one element that is absent. I wish my husband can be here to be with me and watch our kids play together. I will not let him miss something like this the next time.
I have the greatest kids in this whole wide world. We had the foodland supermarket poki the previous night. It is delicious and pricy. I thought Costco will be a one stop shop for fruits and poki and some indulgenous. However, after 45 minutes bus ride and 10 minutes walk under the sun. The price of poki is pricier, the mando were import from Mexico. They do have the Dale pineapples. We bought 3 pineapples, local mushroom, shrimp salad, some poki and papayas.
It is not a fruitful trip but my kids help me find the way here and carried the heavy pineapples. I am the luckiest mom in this world.
I made rice to go with poke, shrimp salad and microwaved mushroom. Papayas and pineapples after lunch.
We went to the beach after lunch. The sun is warm but not hot. They are ready to snorkeling and swimming in this beautiful ocean. Kimberly spotted a medium sized yellowish turtle, Kalvin saw the blue striped small fish. Alexander have fun just swim in the ocean. I was delighted to see them enjoy the ocean, the companies of brothers and sister. Hopefully, the short description will help my husband to see how we had the second day of the vacation.
After the ocean, they decided they wanted to go to the pool to relax. I dropped chips accidentally and attracted lots pigeons. They are not afraid of people here. They pick the chips from my hands. I know the rule of not feeding wild animals but it just happened.
our dinner stroll lead to the discovery of huge change since last time we visit Oahu. Tons of new shops, eatery, cafe and high end boutiques. The night life are even more vivid with the outdoor concert, street performer, fancy coffee shops and hips cafe. There is a farmer market in the kings street. We sampled Hawaiian topical, donuts. We end up go back to the udon place for dinner.
We strolled down the Kalakaua ave, turning into every interesting corner and avenues. Lots of new shops and crowded with tourist. The atmosphere is energizing. Continue later.
One box Hawaiian mushroom
1 dash of salt, pepper, olive oil.
Covered with paper towel and microwave for 90 seconds
Good with rice.
Getting ready for a family vacation is supposed to be a preview of a happy event. This time is different. I am packing without Philip. My heart was split into two. One side was filled with memories; the other side was a deep hole. The hole can only be filled with your presence.
We are staying in Hilton resort hotel. The check in clerk was warm and welcome. We got the nice ocean view room with a balcony.
The first thing after we check into the hotel, kids shouted hungryyyyyy. This famous udon place has the fresh made udon that go with different broth.you can also choose the varieties of fried fish, vegetables and meats. The place is clean, economic and authentic. We waited about 30 minutes to finally settle down and enjoy the meal.
It has been three years since last time we were here. We planned this trip 9 months ago but somethings just went out of control. We had to come without my husband. He has to stay behind for the works. It was hard for me. I knew there is part of me stayed with him. I couldn’t possibly enjoy the trip. My kids were disappointed. It felt like a chaos. Hope we can try to make the best out of this situation.