|View from Outrigger Waikiki's Hula Grill, overlooking|
After breakfast we drove out to the Diamond Head crater (it's volcanic, not meteoric) and started our hike around noon. The trail is fairly gentle throughout the whole hike, though the actual path is rocky and eroded. There are a few dramatic staircases and even a ladder at one point, but for the most part, Diamond Head is easily climbable and the pay-off is definitely worth it. I was rather surprised however at the number of people choosing to do the hike in flip-flops. Some of the women we saw were even wearing sun-dresses. Folly.
|From the Summit of Diamond Head hike,|
looking down at Waikiki to the North
By the time we returned to the hotel it was about 2:00, and I went out to buy some mixers while Sean had a rest. I stopped by another coffee shop on the way, a place called Island Vintage Coffee, where I got an iced Kona which, to be honest, was only ok. The place seemed to be more popular for its fruit and yogurt bowls than for coffee.
After I returned, we went out to Waikiki beach for our first swim of our entire stay in Hawaii (I know, I know, we're ridiculous.) The water was perfectly aquamarine and while the beach was crowded, it was still a lot of fun. I've been basting myself liberally with SPF 30 every day, and I still feel destined for a sunburn...and tomorrow we go snorkeling, one of the most sun-burny activity there is. Hopefully I'll be slathered with enough sunscreen to prevent it, but I have my doubts.
|Curry Udon and all the fixin's at Murakame Udon in Waikiki|
Afterward we retired to the hotel. We have to be up fairly early tomorrow as we not only want to do the snorkeling thing, but we also have to ship a box back to Salt Lake City with all the clothes we are not taking with us to Japan, including our suits. Then we have dinner tomorrow night at the very fancy Alan Wong's.
Oh boy, stay tuned, readers!