“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

 

Before we get into the main post, I would like to take a minute to discuss the quote above. It is so true. It took us so long to think and plan this trip. It is such a big decision. If you are getting the itch to travel, just do it, take the first step. Even if you cannot afford it, just do it- you will find a way to finance it.  Many people will discourage you, disagree with you, they might even call you foolish- don’t listen to them, take the first step!!!

 

Day two, we woke up to blue skies and Hawaii tunes playing on the radio, so relaxing.  Time to hit Waikiki.

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Somehow the Walmart has a very large family of chickens and Roosters in the parking lot???? I would not miss this guy if he got run over, but he gets us up early. How can you be mad in Paradise?

Hula Dancing in Waikiki, yes I realize it's men, apparently men started the dance.

Hula Dancing in Waikiki, yes I realize it’s men, apparently men started the dance.

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Waikiki Beach

Are we in Mexico or Hawaii?

Are we in Mexico or Hawaii?

a bad photo of Aya

a bad photo of Aya

A bad photo of Tyler

A bad photo of Tyler

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“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Coolest tree ever!

Coolest tree ever!

Pretty cool

Pretty cool

Wow!!

Wow!!

slowly all of your stress in life washes away

slowly all of your stress in life washes away

later in the afternoon, we headed over to Diamond Head Crater. The sign says the hike is .8 mile strenuous uphill on rocks, thru a tunnel and up some crazy steep stairs. Well sign me up, the views at the top are supposed to be breathtaking- on this day we were not disappointed. (Keep reading)

Heading up Diamondhead

Heading up Diamondhead

Tunnel

Tunnel

 

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starting to break a sweat by this point

stairway to heaven

stairway to heaven

more stairs

more stairs

just about at the top. Diamond head is an old Military installation. This photo we are standing inside a hidden gun placement.

just about at the top. Diamond head is an old Military installation. This photo we are standing inside a hidden gun placement.

Finally reached the top!!  Wow what a view. (note who is talking the photos)

Finally reached the top!! Wow what a view. (note who is taking the photos)

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look at the beautiful skies!!!

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This is the roof of the gun placement

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

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these two are local Hawaiian’s.

After a shower at the beach, we headed out in search of food. Grocery Store Hawaiian Dinner tonight.

Top left is Salmon Lomi (tomatoes and Salmon in a tasty sauce) Bottom left is just a pasta salad. Top right is Hawaiian grown butter lettuce and bottom right is Poke.

Top left is Salmon Lomi (tomatoes and Salmon in a tasty sauce) Bottom left is just a pasta salad. Top right is Hawaiian grown butter lettuce and bottom right is Poke.

It must be mentioned the impact Japanese Culture has on Hawaii. Poke is a prime example- Sashimi grade fish, usually tuna in some tasty marinades. We have found many Japanese restaurants, and Aya describes them as the real deal. We also just ran into a Don Quijote- if you have ever been to Japan, you know what this is.

ohhh Liquid Aloha- my favorite.

ohhh Liquid Aloha- my favorite.

And of course for dessert- some fresh Hawaiian grown Pineapple.

And of course for dessert- some fresh Hawaiian grown Pineapple.