I am back from staying in Waikiki on the island of Oahu. I had a fabulous time and it was pretty sad getting on the plane to leave. Me and my man stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Absolutely and totally recommended. The room was big and we had two windows and an unblocked view to the sea. It’s huge with tons of restaurants and shops on the premises. It even had its own Louis Vuitton store!
One of the great things about the hotel was it wasn’t really overpriced. I hate staying somewhere and you’re stuck eating their food for 3 meals a day and it’s jacked up expensive. They even had a conbini on location and a fridge in your hotel room for you to store goodies in.
Freakin’ cute! Hello Kitty Hawaii bits and a sea turtle sticker for my luggage
Around the Hotel
Our view again
My man got just a little bit of me on the beach. lol
For some random reason there was a crazy Japanese show going on being filmed by Japanese TV. The great part was when we stumbled upon it, little kids were doing Taiko.
It was nice/random to see the sea from the hottub. The rainbow mural high-rise was our hotel building for the stay
Kiwi Pina Colada! If only it tasted less syrupy I would’ve been in heaven
There’s me in my Marie Tokyo Disney Sea bow and DIY cover-up (more on that later this week) :sparkle2:
Out and About in Waikiki
Heading out to dinner. I’m not sure how I feel about cowboy boots with this but after cutting up my feet on a long walk + new flipflops I was in comfort seeking mode.
hat: Spiral Girl
top: Urban Outfitters
One of the big draws for Japanese tourists: the ability to shoot guns Since I’ve already done that in another Japanese tourist destination, Las Vegas, we passed it up.
Gah I can’t help that this pic is blurry But this tourist trap of a shop obviously hired Korean hotness to man the shop in order to get ladies into long lines. I mean one of them is Korean buff in a sleeveless suit jacket. It’s like Rain dressing circa Full House mode, nipple slips and all.
Still it was good eyecandy
The fabulous Chanel store that was open late night.
Climbing Diamond Head
Me after whilst climbing Diamond Head. I think I’m 600 feet up there.
sunglasses: spiral girl
bottoms: spiral girl
I hate stairs and I hate heights, really I should’ve been going no where near Diamond Head.
The view from above. You can see our hotel and lots of Waikiki from there.
The nice steep drop. Really what on earth made me climb a volcanic crater
When we finally got back to our hotel I just chugged pineapple juice from this guy! :note:
OMG it’s so cute! Seriously my best souvenir from Hawaii, and I got some pretty awesome stuff. Fat bellied animals win me every time
Why a penguin cup, because our hotel has penguins
I love to snorkel! Addiction love to snorkel! So we headed over to Hanauma Bay to see some of the gorgeous island fish.
All that dark wonderful coral to see little fishies in
The beach which was indecisive between overcast and super sunny. Like any other beach it was a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, European and American tourists. Some of the Chinese were even showing up to the beach in stretch limos
So on our second to last day there we decide to rent a Mini Coupe. Which is basically a 3 wheeled moped that is street legal.
We got to see a lot pretty views, but OMGSOSCARY! The closer to the ground you are, the scarier speed feels. It’s so low, speedometers don’t work in it. Any valley current makes it sway within its lane. Yet we decided to drive half the island in it
But the jittery cart did get us to see the blowhole and other Hawaii prettiness. I just felt like I omgimgunnadiediediedie between the no windshield, helmet, deadly sea drops on the roadway and wind that made us sway.
My man always looks unphotogenic, but it’s his way. There’s us in the death car.
Waiting for the man to pump gas into our fancy gokart. Power Kitty is gunna get you
But after we got back to Waikiki, I did some good shopping at LV Pics of that loot some other time
So we did the cheesy tourist thing and we to the Luau at our hotel. Screw the cheesiness it had nikuman and yakisoba on their buffet PLUS dancers whose hips didn’t lie and firedancers! It was AWESOME!
The night started with a Conch Blowing Contest in which a Japanese guy drug away from his doting girlfriend.
He blew out which could only be described as a weak toot, strong gaijin beat him and the drunk Japanese salaryman easily.
Some serious ab-ness up in there.
The costumes were about as fabulous as the hip shaking. Someone needs to teach Luau in Houston, just the hip shaking part
Apparently this was from Fiji, even if it looked a bit Native American.
Don’t show the headdress to Chinatsu or she might steal it
Finally the fire dancers. They were sooooo good! Throwing the fire sticks to each other and such
We rented a regular car to get to the North Shore for our last day and ate at a Steak Truck.
Their hamburger steak was sooo good and reminded me of Japanese Family Restaurant hamburger steak, so nostalgic… and cheap!
Those trucks + Hiroshi’s Yakiniku in Waikiki are totally recommended. They were expensive, but some of the best Yakiniku I’ve ever eaten. One of the staff and I were exchanging Tokyo stories throughout the meal, so nice!
And sea turtles!!!!! I’m so excited I got to see one out of the water Since they’re endangered they have the tape out there so you can’t get close but omg… I love you turtle-kun.
I admit I love cheesy tourist souvenirs. I love having items in my home that remind me of trips
I decided to go brown for beach wear. Before the trip I bought the leopard glitter flipflops (below), my cheesy pictoral towel (thanks Target), and a Betsey Johnson bikini Hello Cupcake. Betsey Johnson is pricey, but totally recommended for D-cup girls. I could do heavy against the current swimming without any *cough* malfunctions
Left to Right: Free coffee mug from ABC Store, Beads from the Luau, Target flipflops that killed my feet (but matched my bathing suit) :evil:, Aloha flipflops from ABC store, I love Hawaii bear magnet from ABC store, and two clip on foam flowers from ABC Store. ABC Store is great, it’s like conbini-esque
A friend of mine is from Hawaii and wanted a cheesy Obama souvenir, so he got this
The Rose Quartz and Shell bracelets were made in Hawaii for good memories. The ring is Larimar, a rare mineral only mined in the Dominican Republic. I just fell in love with the color It’s like turquoise but softer
I decided to try it styled more Mori jewelry-esque. With an anklet doubled around, and my Ji.Maxx bow ring
Phew that was a lot all in one post, but I am so behind on posts.
I also might run away to Las Vegas next month because the Jabbawockeez are having a special 3 week only show at the MGM Grand. I love them so I’m crossing all my fingers and toes I can make it to see them :bear: