Last full day in Waikiki

Friday September 23, 2011

Today was a designated “slow start” day, and had me trying to catchup with the blog, though not a bad office to do it from.

Tegan and Chelsea headed down on the lilos for a play in the lagoon.

    

 

Julie and Chris came over to look at the photos and catchup on some email and facebook, as they didn’t have any access from their place. ¬†I posted up some pictures on facebook and tagged them between the wedding and the luau yesterday, so their family and friends had a chance to comment on them.

We hit the beach for 2 hours, and even though my ribs are pretty sore, it is so much fun to be surfing with Ryan, and I think he is hooked.  I also took Tegan out on the same board, but it was a little difficult on a board a little too small for us, but we still had some fun!

Ryan out the back

Staf coming past

Tegan having a paddle

I dropped back our car, and called in on a ukulele shop, where I was soon parted with my money.  This was the souvenir I wanted from Hawaii, and will hang out with the rest of the guitars at home.

Which one is coming home?

New family member

Sue and Tegan hit the shops, whilst the boys hung out at the unit and watched the surfers and the view.  We headed down to watch our final Waikiki sunset, and everyone headed back to ours for some pizza dial in carbs.

Checking out the sunset

Tegan and Ryan at Sunset

Sue and I at Sunset

Pizza from Round table c/-¬†recommendation from Michele, a work mate of Sue’s¬†

Dukes Brekky, Surfing and Sunset cocktails

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Feeling much better after a long sleep, so our family of 4 decided to head to Duke’s for Breakfast.  It was a lovely morning and the buffet breakfast had a fantastic choice.

We got our fuel onboard and decided to cruise the shops for a bit, and bought a few things.¬† Whilst out, we found where the restaurant and bar, ‚ÄúHouse without a key‚ÄĚ was, and made plans to head there to watch the sunset with a cocktail in the late afternoon.

Ryan and I headed down for some surfing lessons, and there 1 hour lesson was very generous as it moved past the 90 minute mark.  It was also a bonus that we had a group lesson, but with just the two of us in it, with instructor Oki.  The girls had a swim and laze at the beach and could see us in our lesson.

Tegan lazing at the beach

and in the water

 

 

 

Can just make out Instructor, Ryan and Sean middle of shot

Ryan started off slow, but quickly was getting better rides than his Dad.  Dad wasn’t used to the longboard, at least that was his excuse.

 

Ryan looking confident

Dad not so as evasive manoeuvre attempt is made

We quickly decided to have a surfing session every day for the remainder of our time.

We showered up, had some lunch, then why not do some more shopping?  We dumped our shopping and headed to House without a Key.  We arrived around 4:30, and got a fantastic table as there wasn’t many people there.  This soon changed and I was glad we erred on the side of caution.

Seats were plentiful when we arrived

Very yummy Mai Tais

 

 

We had some wonderful cocktails, and were joined by Julie, Chris and Chelsea as the band started playing.We were then entertained by a hula dancer, as we watched the sun set over the water.

The band serenades

The Hula Dancing was wonderful as the sun set

 View to Diamond Head from HWAK

Sunset draws the people out

Chris & Julie wanted to call it an early night with their wedding the following day, so we got in contact with Candice and Staf, who weren’t keen to leave their pool to join us earlier, and they had just gotten their beeper from the Cheesecake factory.

After the regulation 1 hour wait, we were seated, and we were handed the largest menu I have ever seen.  22 pages of items, and about another 12 of pictures and information.  We were warned the the portions were large, and they were!  The cheesecake was very good, with Sue and I sharing a white chocolate, macadamia and caramel slice.

We passed by the Duke statue on our way home