Dec 26

Hawaii: Day 3–Exploration

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.

How do you like my measuring cup of salsa?  It was the smallest bowl I could find.

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.


It is hard to see the last car, but there were 3 Mustang convertibles parked at this scenic overlook.  Goes to show what the most popular rental car is.

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.

This was taken at the Halona Blowhole Lookout. When the waves would crash on show, the water would be forced through a hole in the rock creating a blowhole effect.


Jennie standing at our current location on the map.

Did I mention it was windy?


This is Manana Island also known as Rabbit Island because it was once inhabited by rabbits until eradicated in the 1980’s and also looks like a rabbit’s head.




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.

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Jennie couldn’t pass up the snowman cake and I couldn’t pass on a bottle of wine with a bike on it.

MMMMmmmm… Tacos and beer…

Still adjusting to the time change we called it a night at around 8:30.

Stay tuned for Day 4!

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  1. Lisa

    We had a vacation in Hawaii (Maui to be exact) where it rained and rained and rained. But I decided I’d rather have a rainy day on vacation in Maui than a sunny day at work at home. 🙂

  2. Kristin

    Looks amazing!!! Love the hair cut and the cause, such a great thing to do. And are those oreos??? 🙂

    I am in fact a Michigander. Grew up in Berrien Springs and went to Michigan State. Moved to NYC right after graduation and have been there for 13 years. I come back to MI about once a year now that the family also lives in Madison.

  3. Matt Oravec

    Phew… having a hard time seeing your pics and re-living our trip. I swore the next time I went back there would be to live there and never leave. It could rain every flipping day, we had such an amazing time in Hawaii that I know that is where I am retiring (with H or not hahaha).

    Glad you guys had an awesome trip, can’t wait to see the rest of the pics from your trip!

    We did a lot of hiking while out there and tried to experience as much of their culture as we could while there.

  4. lindsay

    i believe that’s the first time you’ve linked to jennie’s not-so-secret anymore blog. love the LOL donation 🙂

    we had pbj’s on our honeymoon. talk about tahitian romance! well, josh had pbj, i just had jelly.

  5. lindsay

    ooh i think that’s me she’s referring to as your new wife/woman on the side! haha.

  6. Jon

    SO AMAZING!!! Why did you guys even come back? haha!

    I have had that red wine before!!! Can’t remember what it tasted like…..was it good?

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      We enjoyed the wine. Maybe a little too much! 🙂

      It was pretty good, but I am more of a beer guy and my “good” is probably a wine connoisseur’s swill.

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