Oahu, Hawaii 2021–2022

Aloha everyone!

It’s been a while since I have written a blog post — almost a year :/ I am back after a reset from a short vacation…well, technically we came back in January but again life got in the way of me sitting down and pouring my thoughts out. So, without further delay…

OAO and I decided to spend our New Year’s eve in Oahu, Hawaii. To be honest, I was not aware of the different Hawaiian Islands and if you were to ask me “where I am going for vacation” prior to us planning this trip, I would have ignorantly said “Hawaii”. A simple Google search showed me that there are 7 Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Maui, Hawaii (The Big Island), Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. We were debating between Oahu and Maui (both beautiful on its own), and ended up choosing Oahu. Once confirmed, any down time I had I was either Googling or Youtubing Oahu. There is a plethora of useful information ranging from travel tips to what to pack to where to eat to things to do online. Before I share pictures, I want to stress the fact that both OAO and I prefer relaxed adventures more than turning on our “fight or flight” mode type of adventures. We went on couple of hikes (more like beginner hikes — I watched videos in which parents took their kids or dogs ^.^), relaxed at multiple beaches, and of course tried a variety of restaurants/foods.

We spent 9 days in Oahu (including 2 days of air travel) and stayed at the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki — which is the hub for tourists. We used Wanderlog app for our travel itinerary purposes and All Trails app to understand more about the trails prior to each hike. I highly recommend using Wanderlog app if you love to chart out your vacation plans (or at least have a draft of it).

Whew…that was a lot of photos…I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip. We had a great time, even though it rained three days.

I am listing a bunch of places we wanted to check out but couldn’t because it was either raining or we just wanted to sleep in and relax a bit more…

Beaches/Parks: Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kailua Beach Park, Kakaako Street Art, Kaneohe Sandbar.

Desserts/Bakery: Jay’s Cafe & Bakery, Liliha Bakery, Manoa Chocolate Hawaii, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Morning Brew, Musubi Cafe IYASUME, Waiahole Poi Factory, Waiola Shave Ice.

Hikes: Ka’ena Point Trail, Koko Crater Railway Trailhead, Lanikai Pillbox, Maili Pillbox.

Restaurants: Alicia’s Market, Da Cove Health Bar and Cafe, Haleiwa Bowls, Haleiwa Joe’s Haiku Gardens, Kahuku Farms, Kalapawai Cafe & Deli, Ken’s Fresh Fish, Marukame Udon Waikiki, Morimoto Asia, Ono Seafood, Rokkaku Hamakatsu, Sushi Murayama, The Sunrise Shack.

Let me know in the comments below if you ever visited any one of the other Hawaiian Islands — we would love to hear about it!😀

Mahalo,

A, Ben.

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