When I found out my sister and her family would be on Oahu for a few days I made last minute plans to meet them. I took my chances with a standby flight and arrived two days before them. I did some shopping, open water swimming, and got a pedicure. When they arrived I was able to spend uninterrupted time with them. It was a wonderful visit  going to the beach & pool and running around Diamond Head. I’m lucky my sister let me crash her vacation and that I was able to make the impromptu trip.

Dates: 5-11 October 2017
Travel with: met the Coes on Oahu
Weather: Friday was windy and partly cloudy, not a beach day. After that the days were partly cloudy with plenty of sun. 80s
Accommodation: Grand Islander at Hilton Hawaiian Village

  • beach and pool days
  • shopping Ala Moana
  • running
  • swim workout at Ala Moana Beach Park. Distance between buoys is 150m. (!)
  • pedicure at Mani Pedi Spa at Ala Moana (!)
  • watching the finish of the Molokai Hoe canoe race

Food & Drink:

  • Philly Cheesesteak, Ala Moana
  • Foodland Farms, Ala Moana
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Leonard’s
  • Wailana Coffee House
  • Jamba Juice
  • Starbucks
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
  • Duke’s
  • Maui Brewing Co
  • Happy’s, Hale Koa
  • House without a Key
  • Roy’s Barefoot Bar, Hale Koa

Transportation: Air NZ subload outbound; Air NZ firm on the return; The Bus; Uber; Charley’s Taxi