Long Weekend on Oahu
Didn’t you just go to Hawaii? Yes, but a different island.
Isn’t that a long way to fly for just a three-day weekend? Meh.
Why did you decide to go? $284 round-trip over a holiday weekend — that seemed like a sign.
Day 1 (Friday)
Activities: Aiea Loop Trail, Lunch at Giovanni’s, North Shore
Highlight: Going to dinner with my niece between her shifts at work.
Day 2 (Saturday)
Concrete lookout station bunker also services as rain shelter.
Activities: Punchbowl Cemetery, Tantalus Drive, Makapuu (Lighthouse, Lookout Station), Hanapa Blowhole, Dinner at Rainbow Drive-In
Highlight: Hanging out in the lookout station bunkers.
Day 3 (Sunday)
Looking back at Yokohama Bay from Kaena Point.
Activities: Waikiki in Daylight, Drive to Yokohama Bay, Hike to Kaena Point, Tantalus Drive II
Highlight: Comparing the tent city outside of Waianae to Matanikau Village in the Solomons…
Things to Do Differently Next Time
- Stay in one of the nicer hotels (the free parking at this one was nice, but the kitchenette and over-sizedness didn’t have much utility).
- Plan activities around where the sun’s going to be so all your photography subjects aren’t getting blown out by back-lighting.
- Memorize every street name, corner, and visual cues in the city of Honolulu before arrival (since all street signs here are invisible).
Things to Do the Same Next Time
- Get a small car (I got an Impreza this time) — makes it possible to park.
- Get restaurant recommendations from Cliff — he was 3-for-3 this time out.
- Â Enjoy the rainstorms.
I think it’s reasonable to come here for a three-day weekend (I took Friday off — it was more of a four-day weekend with 3.5 days on the ground here). The good and bad of that is that by day three, I still haven’t relaxed at all. But I’ve walked around a lot, and there’s probably utility in that.