Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Hi :)
Well here we are...back on the mainland.
The flight from Honolulu to Seattle was lovely. Pretty sure it is thanks to the two benadryl each that we both took at 9:00 pm before we boarded our flight. Both of us were knocked out...didnt even take advantage of the beverages or peanuts/pretzels/cookies. Before we knew it, we were making our descent.
Now we sit and endure our 6 and 8 hour layovers BLahhh
Curious as to what we do to keep ourselves entertained.
Kayleigh, Bec, and Mr. Moose

Saturday, September 24, 2011


So this morning we walked to the main strip in Waikiki and found ourselves a spot on the grass and in the shade to sit and wait for the Aloha Flower Parade. It was a great time. We saw several highschool marching bands, ROTC, colorguard, horses, princesses, Ms. Teens/Jr. Teen, the Mayor, hula dancers...ect.
It was a long parade, but we enjoyed every minute of it. By the end of it, it was already after 12 so we were ready for some lunch.
And since then, we have been catching up on some laundry/recycling/cleaning :(

Bec's computer bit the dust and Kayleigh's is SlOwEr THAN slow, so blogging and pictures will be few and far between. Don't worry though, we will be keeping in touch and you all will see our shining faces soon!


     So our time is quickly coming to an end on our great adventure! We are fortunate to say that we have done everything that we have wanted to do! This morning we woke up extra early, paid our 5 million dollars for Starbucks (ok, not really that much :), and set out to see the sunrise. Beautiful is just about the only word that can describe it. We watched from the beach closest to us (Waikiki Beach), and saw the sun as it peaked over Diamond Head Crater.

Today our goal was to hit the last site we want to experience before we leave. The Byodo-In Temple. It was built without using any nails. We have seen pictures and it is just wonderful. We had our route all set, and after breakfast we left to catch the bus. Our first leg of the trip went super smoothly, then it was time to transfer. Ohhhhh boy were we in for a curve ball... We sat and sat annnnnd waited as patiently as possible. Bec even had time to make a fool out of herself talking to a local (surprise surprise!!). After over 2 hours later. That's right. TWO HOURS LATER we borrowed a schedule someone pulled out of their bag (they were also waiting on the same bus) and discovered that particular bus would not be running for another four hours... OOPS!! Sooooo, we headed home to eat lunch then took our daily nap :). We later went to Heaven on Earth AKA--> Yogurtland!!!

We ended our night watching the spectacular sunset and finally we got to experience the fireworks we have been chasing for the entire month we have been here. It was breathtaking to watch in the sky and also the reflection in the ocean. We were so happy to finally get the full effect of the fireworks in our perfect spot that we watched them from!

Tomorrow we are going to try and find a bus that will go to the temple without having a transfer that we have to wait six hours to catch :) See yall soon!!! XOXO  --Bec and Kayleigh

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Aloha kakahiaka - Good Morning

We choose to go on our own walking tour  of Hawaii's statehood.
We began at the 'Iolani Palace. The Palace was built in 1882 and it was the official residence of the Kalakana Dynasty until the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. The Palace is huge! The structure is beautiful and has been restored with original royal furnishings.

There are massive trees in the lawn. We took one picture of Kayleigh wrapping her arms around the trunk and i would probably take 4 of her to wrap all the way around the trunk!

Next we stopped by the Judiciary History Center and the King Kamehameha I Statue. It was built in 1874 and today it is home to the Hawai'i state Supreme Court. The statue of the first king of a unified Hawaii stands at the front entrance to Ali'iolani Hale.

Then we stopped by the Kawaiaha'o Church. It is the first permanent Western house of worship on the island, it was built in 1842. Twenty one royal portraits hang in the upper gallery, and the pews at the rear are still reserved for royal descendants.

The Mission Houses Museum - built in 1821, the museum consists of the three mission houses that served as homes and work places for the first Christian missionaries to the Hawaiian kingdom.

Honolulu Hale - houses the offices of the Mayor, the City Council, and several departments for the City and County of Honolulu. The architecture is a mixture of California-Spanish design during 1928.

This is where our walking tour came to an end due to some hunger pains. We paled around town for the rest of the day,and made another trip to yogurt land!

Off to Kailua to kayak!
We really wanted to get there as close to 8:30 in the morning as we could. So we were up at 6:30 and down at the bus stop by 7:40. According to Google maps/directions, our bus was scheduled to arrive at 7:49. Well, 7:49 came and went... the bus finally came, but almost 45 minutes later. We were perturbed. We were on that bus for about 15 minutes when we had to get off and make a transfer. This transfer kept us at the bus stop for over an hour waiting on TheBus that would take us straight to Kailua. We rode on that bus for about 30 minutes and we were finally in Kailua. We walked to the rental place instead of waiting on another bus. We were waaaaaay over TheBus already, and we found our way just fine. The guys that worked at the rental store were very cute, and gave us backrests for free :) There were a couple of guys there that doubted we could kayak, much less in two single kayaks, and were especially doubtful when we told them we wanted to launch on the beach, not the canal. Well we would show them! We rolled our kayaks to the beach, parked our little carts, and made our way to the shore. It was very windy...so that was a bit daunting, but we hoped in our boats ( 1 of us successful on the first try, the other one needed a second go at it :)) and paddles out. It was so much fun! There is no way we could describe to you hoe beautiful the water is ...
We paddled to Popoi'a Island, a protected seabird sanctuary. Here, we spotted a sea turtle at the surface, got rained on (still no rainbow), we walked around and explored, layed out, and went for a dip. On our paddle back, we stopped for a while and just floated around, taking it all in and dodging windsurfers and kite-surfers before we attempted a graceful landing onto shore ( one of us made it to shore in her kayak, the other bailed out early in order to avoid the kayak from flipping :)) We drug the kayaks back to the carts, loaded them (the wrong way), and returned them back to the shop. The guy laughed at us and said, "You know why it was so heavy for you, you had them loaded the wrong way". haha...go figure.
It was a great day!

Now we are off to see what we can get into today!
<3 us!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hele me kahau 'oli - go with joy

Hello all!
Yesterday we started the day off with another great hike at Hanauma bay. Then we cooled off and had some lunch at the beach across from Sea Life Park. There were many boogie boarders, and we even got a peep show from some British tourists who chose to change into their swimsuits on the beach and failed to do so inconspicuously.
After we got enough sun, we went back to the condo to shower and change.
And after a quick jam session to "Tutti Frutti - Little Richard", we walked to what we thought was the Tutti Frutti  yogurt shop, but it ended up being "Yogurtland". Either way we were excited. You get your cup/dish and you can choose from about 12 different and delicious flavors and then you may add just about any topping you can imagine to your yogurt! We will definitely be making more than one trip here....there are just too many yogurt flavors and toppings to chose from!
Kayleigh's choice for the day : strawberry, mango, coconut, yogurt with fresh kiwi, mango, and blueberries
Bec's: Dutch chocollate and devils food-cake cupcake batter with fresh strawberries

Our evening consisted of some much needed laundry doing and surprise SuRpRiSe! Our first beer since our evening out last Monday.

Today September 19, 2011
We gave ourselves a break and slept in until 8:30!! Wooo sleepy heads :).
We did our usual routine and set out to Maunawili Falls. We had quite the day on Public Transit! We haven't had an adventure like this in a while. At our first transfer we waited FOREVER, but we finally caught it and were off! The directions got a little hard to follow at some point so we enlisted the help from a few locals and still didn't get too clear of directions but we went to wait for the new bus at a stop near a hospital.. After debating on if we had to pee bad enough, we sneakily got inside and stole some bathroom time :)

Our bus finally arrived and we headed to the falls. We started in on the trail and boy was it muddy! As we walked along the muddiness multiplied but the sights around us were absolutely beautiful! The hike was perfect, nice and easy but sooo pretty. We eventually got to a fork in the trail and were taking a minute to decide when  we heard a voice say to go left.. Ok, not as cool as it sounds. Just another hiker who had been on the trail before! We went through woods, mud, and finally water ans ended at a really cool secluded waterfall! It wasn't too big but awesome nonetheless. We watched the daring guys jump from the lower ledge and even a super tall ledge that was definitely scary to watch! After some rest we headed back down the trail. The angels above must have been taking extra care of us today, because we slipped and stumbled all the way day but somehow we did not fall. This was a definite surprise to us!  

After a full day we headed back home and washed up then cooked some din din!!
TTYL  --K and B :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Our days are dwindling!

Aloha :)
Good morning again!
Yesterday we conquered Koko trail for the second time! We both beat our times from the first attempt and again, it was worth the torture.
This morning we are going to hike another scenic trail that looks over Hanauma Bay and then beach it up at another beautiful beach that we have been eye balling.
Hopefully a trip to Tutti Frutti will fit into our afternoon as well :)
Hugs and Kisses

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Good Morning!
We forgot to blog last night...
Yesterday we went to Sunset beach. We got an early start because the bus ride there would take almost 2 hours. But it was worth it! The beach was beautiful. There weren't but a few other people there, the water was so blue, yet crystal clear, and the sane was like little shell pebbles. There was a big shore break and a really strong current. You walked two steps into the water and it could pull you in, then push you even further onto shore. We had fun playing in the water (didn't venture in too far). At one point we were giggling and laughing so much we felt like 3 year olds that were seeing snow for the first time :)
We were hungry so we hopped back onto the bus and towards the town market. There we saw a Mexican food restaurant named "Cholo's" hahaha The prices were decent so we stopped in.
The food was ok, but definitely not the Mexican food we know. You all have no idea how much we want avocado. The ones in the produce section are gross, and the restaurants tell you that they are out of them or for a side ( more like a dallop) of avocado it'll cost you $6.
After lunch we got back on the bus for the 2 hour ride back.
We could have driven from CC to San Antonio in the total time we spent on TheBus today. Sunset beach was worth it though.
We got back to the condo, rinsed off, and then headed down towards Waikiki beach to catch the sunset and the fireworks.
Well we caught the sunset..BUT not the fireworks. We were in front of the wrong hotel :( But we were not the only ones who thought they were there! IT's ok though, we have one more Friday to see them, and we will see them!!
We are considering hiking the Koko trail this morning...considering *key word* And this evening  kicks off the Aloha Festival (a big block party). So that's where we will leave ya!
We love and miss everyone back home!