The Sistermoon comes to an end today! Leigh Ann and I have just a few hours before we head to the Maui airport. She'll actually drop me off and have the afternoon to entertain herself, but I'm about to begin my loooooong trek to Africa.
Anyway, back to the Hawaii recap. Tuesday we hiked up to the top of Diamond Head. We walked there from our hotel in Waikiki, which was a nice trek, and we definitely got our exercise for the day. It was a bit overcast and drizzly, which made for less spectacular views but much more pleasant hiking.
On our way back, we had more fish tacos. These may have been my favorites! I had one with panko-coated shrimp that was just scrumptious.
We started Leigh Ann's actual birthday on Wednesday by having breakfast at Duke's in Waikiki.
Next we slathered ourselves with sunblock and headed to Hanauma Bay, a nature preserve park that's known for great snorkeling. Kevin had told us about it...he'd gotten fried on his back snorkeling for hours there the day before, so we made sure to bring our trusty rash guards.
We tried to get a good photo, but the teenager who took it didn't think to shoot around the stack of beach chairs behind us.
We ended up on a tour composed of alumni from Punahou School. They were graduates of the class of 1964, celebrating their 50th reunion. It was quite fascinating chatting with them, as I'd never heard of the school, but I guess it's quite a big deal! It's the largest independent school in the United States, and President Obama is a member of the class of 1979. Anyway, we really enjoyed them, and they got a kick out of us.
Back in Waikiki to check out of our rooms, we did a quick oceanside lunch at the Royal Hawaiian -- coincidentally, where Doris Duke and James Cromwell honeymooned in 1935, when she fell in love with Hawaii.
Then, we headed to the Maui airport. Incidentally, here's a shot of our bags. Which one do you think is packed for a month, and which one do you think is packed for 10 days?!