Hawaii Vacation

Last week my husband and I went to Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was out first trip there and we had a great time. We stayed at the Hilton Waikiki Beach. It was a block away from the beach and had loads of stores and restaurants within walking distance. Here are some of the highlights.

Leonard’s Bakery My mother was Portuguese and I remember having malasalas as a child in Rhode Island. We can still get them at a bakery in New Bedford, MA. Leonard’s were the real deal!


Malasadas,a sweet fried dough
Malasadas,a sweet fried dough









Diamond Head We hiked up Diamond Head. For us is was an easy hike, about 30 minutes up and 15 minutes down. However if you are not in shape it could be difficult.

Diamond HeadLighthouse







USS Arizona and USS Missouri We went to Pearl Harbor and took a tour of the USS Missouri. There is so much history there. We spent about 2 hours walking around and on the ship.






We went to the North Shore on 3 days. 2 days to go to the beaches and one day to go to Waimea Falls Park. The walk to the falls was in a beautiful garden park, think Lost or Jurassic Park scenery. We also ate at Giovanni’s shrimp truck and had shaved ice at Mastsumoto. Both were excellent as expected.

Shrimp TruckShaved Ice







We went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. The coral is very close to the surface. We saw some amazing fish, but no turtles.

I guess a luau is something you have to do on your first trip to Hawaii. We went to Chief’s Luau, my husband thought it was great. I thought it was tacky and the food was horrible. I had rice, rolls and cake for dinner. I was hoping for a cultural experience and it was full of bad jokes and pulling people on stage to embarrass them.

We had 2 great meals at Dukes Restaurant. The food was amazing, including a great salad bar. And the service was the best we have had in a restaurant in a long time. I spoke to the manager on the second night to rave about how well everything was.

Hula Pie so good.

Hula Pie so good.









I did run in Hawaii. My first run was suppose to be 20 and ended up being 16. It was hot, about 75 and humid. I don’t like hot and humid. I was lucky, that Michele, another DFMC team member met me and we ran 11 together. I did run 3 other mornings, 5 miles each and those weren’t that bad.

This was a great vacation. We were there 6 days and it was just enough. Maybe next time Maui?

The Boston Marathon is in 2 weeks! If you would like to track me #26170. I’m in wave 3 so will not cross the start line until after 11 am EST.





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9 Responses to Hawaii Vacation

  1. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii! Sounds like fun (minus the luau). Two weeks!!!!! Looking for ward to meeting you!

  2. Lauren says:

    Yeah for vacation and congrats on 25 years! I actually did almost the exact same things you did the first time I went to Waikiki over 10 years ago!

  3. runawaybridalplanner says:

    What a fun vacation! My only regret when I was in Oahu was that I didn’t go and hike Diamond Head:) Maybe next time! Waimea Falls were one of my favorites, I loved swimming in them!

  4. What an awesome getaway! I went to Oahu about 12-15 years ago on a family vacation. I’d love to go to Maui, maybe for our next big anniversary.

  5. Looks like fun! My husband and I went to Hawaii and I ran the Kona marathon. I see a lot of things in your post that we did, too, like having shaved ice and going to Duke’s.

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