Day 4: we went to hike the diamond head. It was supposed to be an 1.5-2 hrs hike but I reached the top in 25 min, 40 min up and down total. Mom decided not to do it since she wasn’t sure she could climb 100 meter of stairs, so she waited me with Sofia.
the view was spectacular
after that we went to the Sunday farmer’s market which was really crowded, super touristic. Actually there were only 1 or 2 stands that sells produce, most of them offer local food. We got the grilled corn with a japanese sauce. YUM~
We met with Tiffany, a reader of the blog who has a lovely 6 months baby named Eva. She contacted me few days before our departure to Hawaii for a meet up. I was more than happy to! It’s so nice to have readers that reach out. 🙂
After that we headed to Shirokiya for lunch. This time I got an assorted dishes separately instead of a bento
Okara, a soy beans meal salad that I fell in love with
and a rice ball
Mom’s: grilled beef and chicken, rice, pot-stick and zucchini tempura
we also shared a serving of octopus balls
after a nap for all of us, we went to Fort Derussy park. On our way there because it was Saturday afternoon, there were many street shows
at the beach park, a perfect spot for the sunset
Day 5: Byodo temple, a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan.
at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
Kualoa Park. The most beautiful and peaceful beach I’ve ever seen! 🙂
this is paradise
for a late lunch, we went to a Marukame Udon. It was close to our condo and every time we passed by we saw a long waiting line. It must be good then!
Mine: udon with sauce and a rice ball
Mom’s: udon with broth with shrimp and fish cake tempura, and a rice ball as well
Sofia liked the udon a lot! 🙂
I’m amazed by how big girl she looks in this pic! She doesn’t look like a baby anymore, does she?
At Ala Moana Beach Park
Day 6: a short visit at the Pearl Harbor
We drove to Hanauma Bay but there was no parking space anymore so we turned back.
Lunch at Ramen Nakamura
I had miso ramen with vegetables and a soft boiled egg
Mom had the ramen combo that comes with ramen
and gyoza. I had one and it was very tasty.
We had kona coffee as dessert
lounged around waikiki beach again
Sofia was practicing some speech to the general audience 😉
Sunset at the beach
that concluded our stay in Oahu. A beautiful, cosmopolitan city with beautiful beaches and a variety of things to do. We specially enjoyed the japanese food. My mom lived in Tokyo for two years and she says Oahu looks more like Japan than the US. I agree that it didn’t feel like being in the US. More than half of the people we see on the street are asian (90% japanese). There are japanese signs everywhere, even the buses. Japanese tourists don’t need to speak english to enjoy the city.