On Day 5 in Hawaii we celebrated Mom and Dad's 29th wedding anniversary, quite an achievement!
We started off the day with the Aloha Stadium Market. It was not my cup of tea, as it was all very touristy and most all the booths were selling Hawaii themed souvenirs, but everyone enjoyed themselves. I did get to eat fresh coconut which was really good!
After the market we went to Byodo-In Temple which is a Buddhist temple in the middle of a cemetery. It was a beautiful location with lots of photo opportunities. The temple itself was gorgeous and there was lots of animals to look at; I saw my first black swan which was really cool.
After spending some time at the temple, we headed back to Waikiki. Mom and Dad went to House Without a Key for dinner to celebrate their anniversary while us kids went to P.F Changs for dinner. I LOVE P.F Changs and even though it is pretty generic Asian cuisine, if I am in the States and there is one near, I will indulge.
After dinner I did some shopping and then went back to the condo.
It was a fun day and it was neat to see the contrast between the crazy busy market and the peaceful temple outside of Waikiki, I noticed a lot this trip that I prefer to stay away from the really touristy Waikiki and focus on the beaches and activities that were on other parts of the island.
I didn't take a bunch of pictures on day 6 or 7 as they were really chill days.
Day 6: The boys left in the morning to go on a sea turtle/snorkel and underwater scootering adventure so we hung out at the condo for the morning. I went and hung out on the beach for a while during the morning and then got ready for lunch.
One of the things on my moms bucket list was to have high tea at the Moana Surfrider, so us girls went and did that! I of course could not eat anything that they were serving with the tea, so I opted to have lunch instead. I had a delicious piece of salmon and braised kale. Going for tea was a lot of fun and the hotel is beautiful.
After lunch we went shopping at Ala Moana and the Ward Center.
Day 7 was mainly a shopping day (is anyone surprised at this point?!) but we did stop in at Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha for the BEST shave ice. All his syrups are natural and organic; I had mango and pineapple and it was amazing. We hit up Kahala Mall, The Counter Burger for lunch, Whole Foods and Target.
It was nice to have a couple days where we did not have a lot to do, as all the days leading up to this were very busy.
I apologize for the length of this post, but it just made sense to put all of these days together as there were not too many pictures from day 6 or 7 and it seemed pointless to make a separate post for a couple pictures.
I hope you are all enjoying my travel posts; day 8 and 9 are on their way in the next few days!