Welcome to the daily recaps from our Oahu trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 11), then photos by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad) with captions by Emily (age 9 (age 8 during the trip)). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps are all done. Enjoy!
Day 3 – Thursday, May 10
– Breakfast / Lunch from Ted’s Bakery
– Check out and head south
– Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
– Dole Pineapple Plantation
– Check into Hilton Hawaiian Village – The Ali’i
– Grab and go dinner from WikiWiki Market + ABC Stores
Summary by: Melody
Captions by: Emily
Extra comments (in italics) by: Joyce (mom)
Photos by: Joyce (mom) + Norm (dad)
Note: Some links in the post will direct you to our reviews of the places. Links to all related/previous posts are at the bottom of this post.
We went to Ted’s Bakery but they didn’t have a brunch section so we just ordered some breakfast items and some lunch items because it was about 10am. And then we went to the shave ice place and it was good. And rainbow. We went to Dole Pineapple Plantation. It was close to closing time and so we only caught the last train tour of the day at 3:00pm by a minute.
The pineapple cutting was closed when we got back from the train tour and the garden tour so we didn’t eat any pineapples at the plantation. The famous roads along this way were Kamehameha Hwy. (Two lanes only!) And also California Ave. The fire trucks are yellow and the ambulances are white. The police are mostly just dark cars. We checked in at about five. After that, we had to get dinner. Mommy and Daddy told me that I had gone to Wiki Wiki the last time we were here but I didn’t remember any of it. We went to ABC Stores too and it was cheaper than Wiki Wiki.
Since we were tired from our first two days on the island, we relaxed in our hotel room. We watched American Ninja Warrior.
Breakfast / Lunch from Ted’s Bakery
This seems more like a local place since it’s not on a main road and it wasn’t super crowded. Like Melody mentioned, we were there around brunch time so we decided to order some breakfast items, wait until lunch started, and then ordered some lunch items to go.
The food was really yummy, especially the croissant sandwich (not pictured).
We were there at the end of the busy hours, so there were seats available in their outdoor seating area. The highlight for the girls (pictured in the album link at the end of the post) was probably being educated on how to use the payphones at the corner of the parking lot. And then we accidentally ended up standing at the bus stop right next to the phones and the bus driver stopped for us. :p Oops!
Check Out and Head South
A picture of the guitar, the hammock, the big giant tree, and the ocean
This was probably the worst time of the day to take a picture. We just got back from Ted’s Bakery and was getting ready to check out. It was nice to have ocean waves behind us.
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
Here’s us in the line waiting for Matsumoto’s Shave Ice thing. That’s the rainbow ice in a cone in the background.
That’s us with our rainbow shave ice. It was really hot so it was good to eat the shave ice.
This was probably the best day to get shave ice. It was super hot and it is a downtown area that is crowded with a bunch of shopping plazas. As excepted, it was super sweet, but so good! We got random flavors that we figure we can’t get here much of here on the mainland (like hing mui, lilikoi, guava?), but it ended up being a not-so-great combination even though each individual flavor was great. :p Definitely get the ice cream if you don’t have allergies. I’d pass on the mochi.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Not all of the Dole Pineapple Plantation was pineapple plants. There were A LOT of trees. Some trees we saw were lychee, a lot of banana trees, and some papaya too. First we took the train tour which was relaxing. It was about 20 minutes.
There were a lot of cool names of plants in this garden. There was no time limit but it was close to closing time when we went there. You can download an app to learn about new facts! Beware that you can get some bug bites here.
You can have your picture taken inside a giant pineapple.
There were lots of cool things inside the store too, like this ukulele-playing stuffed pineapple, pineapple-scented soaps and lotions, and a small surfboard name decor for your room.
It was time to head to our next destination.
Check into Hilton Hawaiian Village – The Ali’i
This is where we stayed last time when we were on our way to Australia. It is a tall tower right on the beach. There are lots of amenities but no washer or dryer.
Grab and go dinner from WikiWiki Market + ABC Stores
We were too worn out to venture far for dinner so we grab some food downstairs and rested…and watched TV, which is something we love to do on trips since we don’t own a TV at home.
Have you been to Oahu before? What were some highlights from the trip? Do you have any travel tips?
Click on the link to view some more photos from DAY 3.