How Not To Spend Your First Four Days in Hawaii
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
41Trip End Jun 20, 2012
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We could have arrived on the island and spent a few days touring since I had never been to Hawaii. But instead, we hit the ground and starting looking for housing. Not a good idea.
First, we had no idea where we wanted to live. We spent two days searching for housing in Waikiki. As it turns out, we both disliked Waikiki and all the crowds and noise. Yes, it is one of the most famous beaches in the world, but it's definitely not a city that I want to live in.
We finally hopped on a bus to Kailua. As we existed the hustle and bustle of the city, my whole body began to relax. I started to see the Hawaii of my dreams, lush mountains and blue waters. I began to breathe in the sweet sea air. I didn't feel trapped anymore.
We walked the streets looking for a place to live. We talked to people on the beach. We imagined ourselves settled in a quaint seaside cottage. Then we got back on the bus and headed to Waikiki. We stayed in three different hotels in the city. By night 4 we were fed up paying for hotel rooms in a city that we didn't want to be in. And the last room was so small that it had two twin beds. For two nights, Thomas and I squeezed into a twin bed because neither of us was willing to share with Mecca. I still don't get how she ends up perpenducular across the bed.
Anyway, Craigslist is our friend. We combed Craigslist day and night looking for a place in Kailua. We finally found a little bed and breakfast that sounded reasonable. I was so excited that I called the guy pretty late to see if it was still available. It was! We rented a car the next day and moved out to Kailua to a converted house owned by Doug and Bird. Our room has a kitchenette