It rained all of Thursday night and pretty much all of Friday. At first we were bummed because the weather didn’t seem to be cooperating. Apparently this is the most rain they have gotten in a long time.
As I walked through the living room in the morning, I stepped in a puddle. Great. The house has sprung a leak. The rain was causing problems on the deck above us and was somehow leaking into our unit. I emailed the owner and she sent the guy upstairs down to look at it. We really couldn’t figure our where the water came from and it dried up quickly once a fan was on it, so no worries. Both the Hollie and the owner upstairs were very apologetic. It really wasn’t a big deal, just something to keep an eye on.
We decided to hit up the main drag of stores during the day. In Waikiki, they have a street that it lined with all the fancy stores. Things like Prada, Armani, Coach, and dozens of other ones I had never heard of but interested Jennie. We did our best to try and stay dry as we hopped from one store to another. We really buy anything except for a pair of sandals for Jennie – she decided to pass on the $600 raincoat.
It took us forever to actually find parking at the shopping district. It seems like it is more designed for the people that are staying the resorts in the area than for people driving in. The parking garage lots were ridiculously high in price – $2 for 20 minutes with a $50 max. Yikes! We ended up finding a semi reasonable lot that allowed us 2 hours of shopping.
After shopping, we headed back to the rental house for some PB&Js. I know what you are thinking, how exquisite. We like to live it up when we are on vacation.
After lunch we decided to go on a reconnoiter of the windward side of the island. Mainly, we wanted to avoid the crazy traffic of downtown Honolulu so we headed in the opposite direction. It turned out to be the perfect activity for a rainy, windy day. It is a winding, two lane road along the ocean with some of the best scenic overlooks we have ever seen. The wind from the storm just added to the intensity of the waves.
Posing for the camera. Notice the new hair cut?? Jennie chopped off about 12 inches for Locks for Love before vacation.
There were some seriously windy and hilly roads to navigate. The crazy thing is that this is a marked bike route and we saw plenty of people biking on it over the course of vacation. I can’t imagine biking on it they were so narrow and winding.
Because we were just wandering aimlessly, we got turned around numerous times. I accidentally turned into what I thought was just a parking lot but ended up being the entrance to Hawaii Pacific University and had a gate and guard shack. I asked guard if we could just turn around, his response was “Sure, I don’t want to keep you here!” haha He asked if I was going to drop Jennie off and leave her behind though.
After the site-seeing, we stopped at the grocery store again for some more supplies. I picked up a 6-pack of the Kona Brewing Company Big Wave beer which I thought would go great with our planned taco dinner.
We also bought some treats for later enjoyment.
Still adjusting to the time change we called it a night at around 8:30.
Stay tuned for Day 4!