Aloha from Honolulu

dfinney @dfinney
· a month ago · 3 min read · United States · #ssglife

We have arrived at our first stop, the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Views of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach.

Our journey began bright and early yesterday with a 9am flight to Honolulu. The travel time was just under six hours. Luckily we had comfort plus seats... so a little more spacious than regular economy.

Weather at touch down was pretty pleasant. Overcast skies and slightly muggy, but the trade winds kept the 84F temperature in check. After a long wait to collect our bags we headed to our hotel, the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach.

One of FIVE pools!

This place is a TOTAL resort. It has it’s own shopping village and at least 10 restaurants. We visited one of the onsite art galleries after checking in and also spotted three of the five swimming pools. There is a lagoon on the other side of the property (we haven’t seen yet), but supposedly you can rent paddle boards and canoes there.

The Hilton

After a brief explore of the property we walked down Waikiki Beach. Beside the sand there is also a paved path to follow towards Diamond Head. Taking in this most iconic Hawaiian view was soooo relaxing.

Happy Tourists

We left the beach at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to do some window shopping. Honolulu is filled with high end designer shops. However, we kept to the surf and tourist trinket shops.


Such cute little wooden magnets!

Next on the evening’s agenda... dinner at Duke’s. The restaurant is named after the famous surfer, Duke Kahanamoku. He put surfing on the map in the 1920’s and grew up in Hawaii. The restaurant is right on the beach and serves such tasty food. 🤤

Palm tree views from our table.

My meal! To drink I had a “SANDIA SPARKLER” fresh watermelon juice, lime, cucumber, simple syrup and basil with club soda. My main was the “KUSHIYAKI KABOB” grilled skewers of teriyaki chicken, steak, peppers, onions, zucchini, with roasted pineapple salsa. For dessert we shared “CHOCOLATE CAKE”
Chocolate cookie crust, chocolate fudge cake, topped with white and dark chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce. Everything was superb!

As dinner finished the sun was just setting. In the distance there was a sailboat perfectly framed between two palm trees, the sands of Waikiki, the ocean waves and the purple colored sky. It was absolutely stunning.

Sunset, sand and surf

As the sun set, tiki torches were lit along the beach and throughout the retail core of Waikiki. We followed the flames to a few more shops and then headed back to the hotel. We were lights out by 8:30pm. 😂🤣

Night time along Waikiki Beach.

The sun is just up again, so time to start another day in paradise. 😁🌺🏝🍍

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I have always wanted to go there. Looks to me like you had a lot of fun. Beautiful Pictures! Thank you for sharing :)

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

Thank you for stopping by! ☺️ Hawaii is a beautiful spot. I hope you can go one day. We had a lot of fun.

It all comes down to whether or not I can gain the monetary value to go :)

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Oahu is always one of my favs.

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

I do love Oahu. So much to see! I love it especially now because it is November but feels like summer!

Looks lovely! You guys really know how to do maximum stuff on vacay! Enjoy the day @dfinney.

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dfinney @dfinneya month ago

Thank you for the tipu! 🤗 #neckhands! I wish we were staying here longer. I am dreading the ✈️ later today.

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dfinney @dfinneya month ago

Thank you @travelfeed! 🤗 💕

That Kabob looks so delish!
The Cheesecake does not exist.

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

The kebab was “da bomb” as we used to say in the 90’.🤣😂

The cake was cheese free. Just layer upon layer of chocolate mixed together in mouth watering ways. So delish!


Enjoy Hawaii!

I want that cake btw!

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

OMG. The cake! The cake was soooooooooo good. I could have eaten like 10 of those slices. I wonder if they serve it at breakfast too. 🤔

I saw you comment somewhere (maybe discord?) that you are expecting 40cm of snow are your place!!! Arghhhhh! Here is some 🌞 from the islands to protect you from the cold. 🤗

There is Mile High Mud Pie (Espresso Chocolate Flake Ice Cream layered with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream on a crunchy Chocolate Cookie Crust topped with Whipped Cream & Chocolate Sauce), that I could enjoy the whole 10 inch by myself, which I think can be a great contender to your cake 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Aaah yeah I was telling Ausbitbank that 🤣🤣🤣🤣


Still snowing atm 😅

Thanks my lovely ❤

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

OMG we saw a woman by herself order one of those and eat the WHOLE thing! Well by whole thing I mean at least the whole slice. I want her life. 😂

Omg!!!! I am so super jelly!!!! Enjoy paradise: sunrise, sunset, the sand, the surf, and the warm and sweetest smiles and hospitality of people 🥰😍😘Aloha, dear @dfinney 🌺🤙

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

Hello! So much aloha happening here. What’s the phrase you sometimes here people say after aloha? I keep hearing it on the airport announcements but can’t make it out. Have a lovely weekend! 💕

Did someone tell you Aloha au ia ‘oe (which means he or she loves you!!!) Sometimes they say Aloha E komo mai to say Welcome... perhaps that was what you heard at the airport, although Aloha will suffice. Sometimes when you leave a restaurant or maybe again departing Hawaii, they'd say Aloha A hui hou, which means till we meet again. On all, you can respond Mahalos. Mahalo is good, but nowadays, we say it with an "s" and we write as Mahalo's. Enjoy you next destination, my dearest, @dfinney. 🥰😍😘🌺🤙

Enjoy the vaca DFinn. Looks amazing would like to go there someday. But I know you will end up in Australia which is on my bucket list. Enjoy

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

You should definitely go to Hawaii! Fricking long ass flight from New Jersey but it is soooooo nice.

We are headed to the airport in a couple hours for the Aus flight. 11 more hours. I am dreading it.

One a fairly cold here with a few flakes of snow this morning I needed to see soem warm sights so thanks so much enjoy your time there

dfinney @dfinneya month ago

I am so not mentally prepared for snow. Stay warm!

Me either, and I stayed indoors for the most part today and nice and warm