The day started off the way any Hawaiian day should...with spam and eggs for breakfast! Sadly, I forgot to buy rice yesterday when we were at the store, so it was sans rice! But rest assured...tomorrow there WILL be rice on the plate!
Michael also snarfed down some fresh mango with his breakfast. So I have to say...breakfast of champions!
We got ready this morning and headed to Walmart to buy some things while we waited for Macy's to open because I needed new board shorts. After we made our purchases at the respective stores we headed back to Hilton to get ready for our drive around the island. We had already decided to drive up the windward coast and make our way back down the center of the island, so I promised Michael lunch from the Shrimp Shack, and this had his mouth watering all morning!
On our drive the first place we stopped was beautiful Makapu'u. I remember when I moved here, the first day that I drove around the island, we came around the corner by Makapu'u and the colors of the water were so amazing. I'll never forget that as long as I live. The beauty that these islands hold will forever be burned into my memory. :) I have to warn you, this post will be rather picture heavy...but I do hope that you enjoy them!!!
|Lanikai Beach is just beyond this tree!|
|Beautiful Lanikai Beach|
|I'm squinting...but it's BRIGHT at Lanikai Beach|
|A GREAT backdrop for the beach!|
|Palm trees and Chinaman's Hat in the background|
|Me and Chinaman's Hat|
|I just loved this tree right at the water's edge|
|This is on all the tables...Instructions on how to eat your shrimp!|
|Mmmmm! Shrimp! Just kidding. I ordered the steak plate! HA! :) These were Michael's Spicy Garlic Shrimp!|
Waimea Beach on the North Shore is another gorgeous beach here on Oahu! During the summers the water is like glass! And the beach drops off quite harshly, more so than a lot of the beaches on the island. But this is also one of the beaches that gets the 30+ foot waves during the winters. I'm happy to report that the largest wave was about a foot today :) That's about all I can handle! :)
|The other side of Waimea Bay|
|Hello Dole Plantation! :)|
|The Pineapple Queen has returned!|
|The reservoir at the Dole Plantation|
|A PINK Pineapple! It's a different variety...I promise they didn't dye it! :)|
That's the end...right? NOPE! We still had dinner to tend to! So we headed to Zippy's again, but this time it was for...the LOCO MOCO! I'd told Michael of this amazing meal before...and he was anxious to try it. And I saw the joy on his face as he ate his! He did make mention of the fact that this would be a great meal at 3 AM after you've been out all night! I agreed...maybe from experience...I can neither confirm nor deny that! :) What is a Loco Moco? It's a grilled beef patty on top of rice with yummy brown gravy on top. And just when you think it couldn't get any better...they put two eggs, any style you want, on top of that! Okay...my mouth is watering again!
|The LOCO MOCO! :)|
All in all, I have to say that it was an amazing day! It was a busy day, but we did it all on Island Time...meaning we took our time and enjoyed it! I'm excited for tomorrow...we are having lunch with some of my former coworkers and then having dinner with Grandma Lee and her family in Hawaii Kai! And I'm not sure what we'll do for the rest of the day...but that's the great thing about vacation...we can do or not do whatever we want!
Here's a sunset picture for you all...and until next time....Aloha 'oe!