Day 51 - Waikiki - Oahu (Hawaii)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
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Trip End Aug 17, 2013


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Up, and straight for a Skype chat with Auntie Zoe. All thinking about the rest of the Kempton clan as next week approaches and brings with it the inquest into Val's death.

Sunny breakfast - pancakes again. Getting a little more used to the friendly waitresses and the American enthusiasm "you got it!", "you're welcome", "awesome". We then set off for an explore along Waikiki Beach. We've barely made it out of the hotel when a bright yellow search and rescue fire engine screams past towing a rescue boat. The little man is so excited, although slightly dubious, that mummy is accurate in her description "but why's it not red?" The beach is packed with sun worshippers, families, surf dudes and chicks, and there are almost as many people in the sea. The huge hotels with lovely pools line the back of the beach with various hammocks, beds and loungers. Dylan spots a green bike in the water which is pretty exciting. The one on the beach is, of course, crying out to be sat on. We walk and stop each time Dylan finds something else to play with or look at - build/ knock over a sandcastle, watch the surfers, watch the jet bikes, sit and watch the waves, and rearrange some orange cones sectioning off an area of the beach. Progress is slow, but it's a great way to soak up the atmosphere.

Emma's favourite spot is a guy who is head and shoulders taller than Rich, rippling muscles, perfect tan, speedos, strutting along the beach like he owned it ......... With a pale blue lilo tucked under his arm!

Found a perfect shady bench for our picnic with a great view for people watching and to see the surfers out at sea. Our favourite moment of the picnic; two grapes, one for Taya, which Emma nibbled, so she could suck the middle out, the other, passed to Dylan. He did exactly as Emma did bit it and passed it to Taya "now it's easier for her to eat as its nice and juicy". Bless him.

Trolley bus back to the hotel in time for naps. We set about sorting a trip to Pearl Harbor for Rich and some transport to the north of the island for our move tomorrow. We had investigated, whilst in the UK, and decided to get a local bus which takes two hours to get there. Slight sticking point, we have discovered you are not allowed to take luggage on it! Oh well, we definitely can't disguise ours! Plan B a taxi or tour company. After much investigation, to our surprise, its actually much cheaper to hire a car for the whole week than to pay for transport! So we have rented the car.

The afternoon was spent at Walmart trying to understand the different car seat laws and attachments. We need the seats to fit into the camper van/ RV we have hired for America which has only lap belts and tethers to attach them. Think we have it right, fingers crossed. Emma was horrified to discover that the only options for Taya came in pink, pink flowers, or black with some pink. We went with the last option!

Back for dinner at the world's speediest restaurant. It's literally amazing, you order and it takes about 5 minutes to arrive. Showers and bed. Hoping for a little quiet packing time this evening so we are all set for moving on tomorrow.

Thoroughly enjoyed Waikiki. Yes it's brash, and crowded, but that's it's charm. It's busy, bustling and vibrant, so much to see and do. It's Rich's first taste of America. Thrilled we came here, it's very different to what we've seen earlier in the trip and that's the point of travel.
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Liz and Ian XX on

All thoughts with you both E & R and Zoe this week.
OXOXOXOX

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