Hawaiian Vacation: October 2013

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Sunday, October 13 - Day 3 on Oahu

On this day we conquered the Diamond Head hike. The summit is at 761 feet and the trail is quite a challenge, more of a vertical rise than our other hikes so far. We were so glad we did this first thing in the morning because it's a fairly tough hike, and it also gets quite crowded later in the day. It takes about 30 minutes to get up to the top and the trail is narrow and unfriendly in some spots. The view from the summit is an impressive sight, showing the actual crater that was created when the volcano sunk into itself. The vista view isn't bad either!

View photos from the Diamond Head hike (15 images)

The scenic Tantalis Drive was our next activity. It's a loop that takes you through some pretty lush patches, and is just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city. It turned out not to be as scenic as expected, but was still a nice drive.

View photos from the tantalis drive (8 images)

After a short nap due to the exhausting Diamond Head hike, we headed out to hit the beaches again, this time the "Wai'anae" Beaches on the Western shore of the island. Our first stop was Electric Beach at Kahe Point Beach Park. Why is it called that? We're glad you asked! It's because it's right across the street for a gigantic electric plant. The beach entry point is less than 100 feet wide and the waves can come in big and strong, but the snorkeling once you get past the wave break is utterly amazing. There were lots of scuba divers here as the reef actually gets pretty deep -- a little to deep for good pictures with the GoPro camera, but we got some decent ones. There were tons and tons of fish making appearances so we spent a good chunk of time.

View photos from Electric Beach (15 images)

Our next stop was the Ko'Olina Lagoons -- a handful of resorts surround four lagoons with very, very, limited public parking. Since we're not much for just swimming in the ocean we looked around to see if anyone was snorkeling. We did not see such activity so instead just strolled from Lagoon 4 all the way to Lagoon 1 and back.

On our way out, we found a shopping center which, to Neil's delight, has an Island Vintage Coffee shop, then hit the road back to our hotel.

Game 2 of the ALCS was on that afternoon, and by the time we got to the room it was the 7th or 8th inning, when the Tigers were up 5-1. We watched the exciting conclusion as David Ortiz hit a grand slam in the 8th and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's single in the 9th won it for the Red Sox!

We were going to have dinner at the Protea Cafe at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki Hotel, but it turns out they're only open till 2pm -- not what our guide book says, but oh well. Choosing PF Changs after scouting out what was around there, we were pleased to find the prices similar to what it costs at home and it was nice to sit and be waited on. Since the Aloha Harmony Tea House was on the way back, Ginger of course had to get some more gelato.

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