Honestly, I can't really say that we're "playing" tourists, since we're basically still tourists ourselves. But here are some of our favorite things we've gone to see and do while we've been staying in Waikiki.
The US Army Museum is located right here on Fort DeRussy, so the girls and I have stopped in a couple times while we're out on walks. It's not very big; it's housed in an old battery (Battery Randolph), but it's free and air conditioned, and the girls love pointing out different things in the exhibits. Here are some of London's favorite things:
|London loooved the "red feather face"...it was a symbol of the Hawaiian War God.|
|Can't miss the helicopter on the roof!|
We've also enjoyed visiting a few different beaches. One of our favorites has been Lanikai Beach, located on the windward side of the island. It's been rated as one of the top beaches in the world, and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately, London decided to be in one of the worst moods of her life on our trip down there, so despite the perfection of the beach, we weren't able to stay long. No biggie, we'll just go back another time. ;)
|On our way over, we stopped at a lookout point.|
We also went to Bellows Beach, which was nice, but the day we went was windy and the waves were CRRRRAAAAZZZZYYYY, so we couldn't really take our little girls in. But they still had fun playing in the sand.
One of my personal favorite things is stopping at Pali Lookout. The views are pretty fantastic. Fun story, when I took the girls up here one afternoon, there was another family that had brought their own conch shell and they were all taking turns blowing it. After everyone in the family had a turn, the father looked around proudly and proclaimed, "Now we are true Hawaiians." I had to stop myself from laughing out loud. The day we went was cloudy and there were some pretty forceful winds up there. The girls were not too enthusiastic about being buffeted by the winds at first, but after a few minutes they decided they loved it. I have to resist pulling off to the Pali Lookout every time we drive by it, so I'm sure we'll be back.
|Do your children insist on taking a picture with every statue they see? Because mine do. ;)|
|We are in love with Banyan trees!|
|Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup. I have literally dreamed about these since eating them.|
|We have this for lunch or dinner at least once a week. SO. GOOD.|
|The Stairs of Death|
|Looking out through an old bunker.|
|Made it to the top!|
|Back in the crater.|