Our second Saturday (in 2 days)

Saturday September 17, 2011

We were coasting into Honolulu, after some fitful sleeping overnight, Ryan only got an hour or so…

Sunrise out the window of the Deathstar

Mark from Hawaii23 was there to greet us in the pickup area, and was very helpful with information, including even though he is a local, sometimes he doesn’t get tipping…  He mentioned a “Block Party” that was on in the evening, which sounded like a great plan.  We also had heard about the ABC stores in our research, but they were everywhere!  Mark joked that ABC stood for “All Blocks Covered” and he wasn’t wrong.  ABC stores carry a lot of stuff, from souvenirs, snacks, bread, milk, alcohol,  floating lilo’s (for an extra 60 cents they will blow them up) as well as the novelty items you don’t see in stores at home.

Some of the ABC fare

We dropped Candice off at her Hyatt digs, and headed for ours nearby, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower.  We got to the hotel around 8:30 AM and was told our room would be ready around 3:00.  We made use of the change rooms to get out of jeans and into beach gear, and decided to make a plan before killing 6 hours, running on little sleep.  I decided to go back and ask if there was another room available, and whether we could upgrade.  After a frenzy of key tapping, there was one available, but for an extra $90 per night, and on the highest level before the penthouses.  I said I better check with the SHE-EO.  Sue and I discussed, and for 7 nights, it was a little too expensive for us, so I went back, thanked them for their trouble and started to head off.  “How much ISN’T too expensive” came the call as I was heading off.  “Oh, I don’t know, what do you think is reasonable”  So we ended up with a good rate, and could check in now.  Result!

We managed to get an apartment on the 38th floor, looking over the ocean, towards Diamond head and looking inland towards the mountains.  The view was stunning, and the apartment well appointed with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, dining and a big balcony.  I will post a tour of apartment in a later post.

Views from our balcony

We headed out to grab some breakfast and have a look around.  We decided it best if we all grab some rest, so we bunkered down for a bit.

I got up after a couple of hours and decided I should go to the Ala Moana shopping centre to grab some clothes, and I didn’t bring much at all.  It was an epic bus trip each way (took an hour each way because of traffic) but I got a couple of things in quick time.  The shopping centre was massive, and you could spend a lot of time there, which I am sure Sue will 🙂

When I got back, the block party was getting started, and we all headed out for a few hours to look at the stalls, grab some food and enjoy the ambience.

Block party from our apartment.

It was packed, especially near the various live music

Some of the food stalls had lines 30 metres long!

We all started to flag, so we headed back to our various apartments to get some sleep before our Peral Harbour tour in the morning.

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