Honolulu the Surfers Paradise of the Hawaiian Is
Feb 03, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Given the chance to go to Oahu again I think we would head straight to the North of the island away from Waikiki, so we can try to see the big waves. We found Waikiki to be a lot like Surfers Paradise in Queensland and not really our thing at all, although quite pretty. Kim struggled with the exhaust fumes and people smoking so it was generally quite difficult for us. On sunday Sarah and I headed to the meeting at the other end of Waikiki away from the airport. There were a lot of visitors that morning. We walked back to Waikiki and caught the shuttle bus back to our hotel. We had to stay in an expensive hotel because a lot of the other hotels in Waikiki proper had recently been renovated and had paint smells. But it was a learning experience for us. Since then we always check with the hotel how long it has been since they renovated. On the plus side we did like the Hawaiian Prince and the staff were very friendly. It was quite close to an ABC store. You could get a large bottle of Corona (beer) for about $1.50.(Something like that). Also on the plus side we got one of the last cheap flights to Hawaii since Air Australia went bust soon afterwards. Funnily enough I saw a girl on the plane that I had met at a bank in Brisbane when we were both trying to get a good exchange rate for $USD. I hope she managed to get home okay.