So grateful that I got to spend my birthday with my best friends in Oahu, just spending our days eating, hiking, relaxing, and eating again! We stayed at a boutique hotel in Waikiki close to the Ala Moana mall called The Modern Honolulu and it was great. I would highly recommend this hotel! It was modern (as the name states), tastefully decorated while still embodying the island spirit, very close to the beach, and has nice pools, bars, and a club at the hotel. It was the perfect home base for our adventures and we were all happy with the service there as well.
We did so many things there in just 4 days, it's pretty amazing how good we've gotten at exploring during the day, partying at night, and still being able to do it over again the next day. Though, I must confess it has definitely gotten harder to do that now that we're older and we don't stay out quite as late anymore.
One of my favorite memories for the trip was hiking up the Koko Head Trail. It was about 1,000 steps high and definitely challenged us all, but the views at the top and the sense of accomplishment at the end made it worthwhile.
Foodwise, we ate our way through a respectable number of places on our list, but the top two memorable things for me were: Giovanni's Shrimp Truck in the North Shore (so flavorful and spicy!), and Matsumoto's Green Tea Shaved Ice special. The mochi balls in this dessert were incredible (especially the texture) -- I've never had other mochi balls quite like it :).
We went towards the very end of October/ beginning of November (very late post, I know), and the weather was still quite nice, though it often rained intermittently. One day, we were chasing the sunshine and managed to get some play time on the beach but then it started to pour. We still frolicked nonetheless and had a blast! Going through this album is making me really want to go on another beach vacation soon, especially since it seems so cold in SF lately … where to next?