A thousand plumeria in our room11:54 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

March 21, 2015 Saturday We got back from the North Shore tour at 3 pm. When we opened our hotel room door, we found violet plumeria flowers scattered on the carpet. Our hotel room was full of kalachuchi or plumeria, Hawaii’s favorite flower. Hundreds or maybe a thousand of them. From the door, hallway, it… read more

Famous North Shore Landmark10:45 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

The driver pulled over and asked us to get off quick. He said this spot is a famous North Shore landmark. Click click photo op. This is a photo that would be displayed in one of our rooms. A photo that would remind our family and my children’s future families of our bonding on my… read more

Old Countryside Oahu Town10:40 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

We passed by an old countryside town on our way back to Waikiki. The restaurants, stores, road, beach were full of tourists. There was a guy screaming at another driver over parking. #roadrage One must learn how to swim and surf to fully enjoy a Hawaiian vacation. #surflessons #swimminglessons

Turtle Bay10:35 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

Our next stop was at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu Island in Hawaii. We were in a hurry because our tour guide was going to start a five mile surf / water paddling at 3 pm. We pulled over at Kamehameha Hway to take some photos. The Turtle Bay has a coastline… read more

North Shore Waves10:30 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

We stopped along the coastline of Waimea Bay in Oahu’s North Shore to look at the crazy waves . This place is popular for it’s high waves which could go as high as 50 ft. during winter months. The best surfers in the world come here to challenge themselves and outsmart the waves. Surfing tournaments… read more

Dole Pineapple Plantation09:56 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

March 21, 2015 My daughter has some vague recollection of she and her Lolo Cardo riding on a choo-choo train in Hawaii when she was 7 years old. She was at times very certain, sometimes not sure, that her lolo brought her to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and ate pineapple or it was only a… read more

Black Pearl09:34 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

This pearl and jewelry stall has an effective marketing strategy. Nyke chooses an oyster tap tap tap, open sesame What does one do with a pearl? Buy a pendant setting, a ring, earrings, etc. That’s where the company earns more money, from the jewelry setting.

Giovanni’s Original Garlic Shrimps07:55 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

The highlight of Oyen’s birthday tour was our lunch in North Shore to taste the Hawaii local favorite garlic shrimps. According to our tour guide, Giovanni’s is the original white shrimp food truck. Giovanni’s truck was parked in an open space with trees, grass, abandoned food trucks. There were other food trucks and souvenir stalls… read more

Macadamia Nuts and Fresh Coconut12:06 AM Wednesday March 25, 2015 |

Our bday tour continued. . We drove thru bridges and an impressive freeway. America I just love your infrastructure. We stopped at the macadamia nut store for a free taste of coffee and shopping for souvenirs. Free taste of macadamia nut coffee Aside from selling coffee, they also have different organic goods including personal care… read more

Haiku Stairs or Stairway to Heaven11:58 PM Tuesday March 24, 2015 |

From Mount Tantalus, we went back to the city then headed east. The scenery outside of the city is relaxing and serene. Our tour guide, Ronald Wong, pointed at the Haiku Stairs or Stairway to heaven. It’s an almost vertical ladder on the side of the steep mountain guarded by military.  It spans 3,922 steps… read more

Under the Rainbow @ Puu Ualakaa11:24 PM Tuesday March 24, 2015 |

March 21, 2015 Tuesday, Oahu From Leonard’s Bakery,  we drove up to the mountains past million dollar homes overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean.  One home was recently sold for four and a half million dollars.  It has a tennis court and has a commanding view of Honolulu and beyond. The driver brought us… read more

Most Famous Leonard’s Bakery11:01 PM Tuesday March 24, 2015 |

Ron Wong, a reliable and well-recommended tour guide in Honolulu according to online reviews, picked us up at 8:30 am.  He greeted Oyen with a lei of fresh plumeria flowers and a Hello Kitty doll.   That was a nice gesture and it kind of set the happy mood for her birthday celebration. We were surprised… read more

Doctor and the Best Mochi10:27 PM Tuesday March 24, 2015 |

Instead of randomly hailing a cab along Kalakaua Avenue, Oyen hooked up with Uber. It was surprisingly fast, on the dot and very reliable (in Hawaii). The Uber guy’s vehicle is a very new Lexus SUV. Looking for the doctor’s address Where is the clinic? We found it There’s a tv screen on the wall… read more

Hawaii Fine Anytime11:58 PM Monday March 23, 2015 |

We’re enjoying our stay here and this ad is very apt with how we feel right now, Hawaii Fine Anytime. The whole place feels like a resort.

Hawaii is Fattening11:54 PM Monday March 23, 2015 |

A few days before we left for Honolulu, I told my kids that while there, we have to stay away from food. We will not make food the center of our holiday so we don’t get any fatter. My request was followed, sort of, hmm, not quite. Hawaii is fattening. Ala Moana fast food Chicken… read more

Philip in Waikiki06:33 PM Monday March 23, 2015 |

We met Philip, a young OMB reader based in Waikiki, Honolulu. He’s 24 and works at one of the five star hotels here. His work place is very near our hotel. Upon his request, we met in front of the Hermes Boutique at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center to say hi to each other. Phil… read more