Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hawaii Trip – Day 2

We started the morning out with a walk and then went to Hula’s in the Outrigger Hotel. We had a lovely view of the beach and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. They bake muffins each day and we shared one that was banana macadamia nut. It was still fresh from the oven and so delicious.


Front of our hotel


View of the beach from breakfast

From breakfast, we went to the beach and took a dip in the ocean. It was so refreshing and we stayed in for awhile. There were many surfers and paddle boarders. After we were done swimming, we laid out and relaxed. The Royal Hawaiian has a private area of the beach with lounge chairs and pink umbrellas. It was so nice to lay there and listen to the ocean.


View from our beach chairs

Once we were done with the beach, we went swimming in the pool for awhile and took on the waterslide. It was fun and we felt like big kids. After the pool, we decided to grab lunch and ended up at Senor Frogs. I felt like I was back in Mexico since there are so many of them there. We got a drink to share in a giant palm tree glass called a “Bahama-Mama” and shared some chips and salsa. They were yummy. For lunch, we both got carne asada tacos and everything was really good. Our server, Marco was a Miami transplant that moved here to surf. I have to give people that do that a lot of credit. You could tell that it was really his passion. He used the word gnarly more than once and it was cracking me up!


The waterslide at our hotel


Our Bahama-Mama

After lunch we walked around the shopping area and then came back to our hotel. I was feeling the time difference and decided to take a nap. It did me a world of good. Once I woke up, we got ready to head out to the Aloha Festival that was going on that night. There were many vendors serving up local food and selling their goods. The whole street was shutdown for this event. Every few blocks a stage was setup with bands playing traditional Hawaiian music with hula dancers. It was a lot of fun. We were getting ready to go to dinner and ended up stopping in the Coach store because I had a coupon that was about to expire. I decided no more bags and ended up getting leopard print flats. They are so comfy and I think they will be perfect for fall.


Leis for sale at the festival


Out at the festival


My new flats

For dinner, we ended up back at Hula’s in the Outrigger. This time we sat at the edge and had a beautiful view of the ocean at night. Our server, Dan was one of the best I have ever had. He had a sense of humor without going overboard and was very knowledgeable about the wine list and menu. He was even teaching me the difference between some of the chardonnay’s on the wine list. I had picked one from Sonoma that I was going to get and he talked me into another that was unique and very tasty. If we go back, I need to write it down so I can get a bottle when I come back home. For dinner, Geof and I split pork pot stickers and both got the seafood special they were offering that included scallops, shrimp, lobster tail and swordfish with jasmine rice. It was the first time that I ever tried swordfish and I really liked it. Our server said that we won the “customer of the night” award and brought us out a one of their special ice cream sandwiches. It was homemade vanilla ice cream in between homemade brownies. It was to die for. He only brought us half because we didn’t want to be wasteful and we’re already so full.


Geof drinking a tropical itch, complete with a Backscratcher!


Delicious dessert

After dinner, we came back to the hotel and called it a night!

23 comments:

Danielle said...

Fun fun fun! Can you believe I've never been to Hawaii?? Looks like so much fun!

Sunshinemeg said...

The pictures look great! That pool looked so inviting and that chocolate cake in the last shots, looks amazing! Yum!

Taryn said...

Ohmygosh...I just get more and more jealous with every post! Everything looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. The Coach flats are adorable...and the dessert sounds like heaven. I'm so glad you're having a good time!!

P.S. I love your name...love love love it.

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh, sounds like so much fun! I want to go to Hawaii now! I also love that you bought some adorable flats from Coach on your vacation! :)

Beth Dunn said...

That looks amazing! Sooo jealous xoxo

The Queen of Clearance. said...

I am soooo jealous of all of this fun! Looks like heaven there!

EmilyB said...

Ohhhh what a perfect vacation. It goes without saying that I adore the coach flats. I ended up buying the animal print flats from Boden...they have yet to arrive, but can't wait to see them. Your coach flats though - are beyond cute!!!

Michelle said...

Jules...you're making me want to go back so bad! I have family there that I haven't visited in a while, too!!

You guys are having so much fun!!! Thanks for sharing this with us.

BTW, LOVE the flats!! ;)

Gwen said...

I am so glad you are having such a wonderful time!!!! Yay for new shoes also!!! We have several group photos of us in front of the same statue. :) I'm ready to head back now for a vacation!!! XOXO

Rachel said...

I loved walking down the street by Waikiki Beach while the sun was going down. All the surfers were coming in and the streets were full of people. Glad you are having a great time!

Lindsey said...

Love it! I want to go back! And I just adore your dress!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Dear you are having a marvelous time! Enjoy every minute!

Katie said...

OMG! hahah I just commented your Day 1 post saying to go have that ice cream sandwich haha! Glad you did, it is AMAZING!

When Josh and I went we also did the Atlantis Submarine rides which I highly recommend!

And super cute flats!!

Tasha said...

Glad you're having fun! Your hotel looks so nice and that waterslide looks like fun! Those flat are SUPER cute!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I'm so glad you and Geof are getting to make all of these memories together - Hawaii looks beautiful! I've only been once, on a layover when I was a flight attendant, but I definitely want to go back! You guys look great and the food sounds amazing!!

Annie said...

FUN!
i'm totally jealous! i want to be swimming or laying out on the beach!!
that Bahama-Mama looks DELICIOUS!!
the shoes are Adorable.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Those pictures are so beautiful! It looks like such a great beach and I love the view from the restaurant.

Those drinks there are amazing! I've never seen such giant drinks before and I'm sure that they were deliciously tropical.

I am completely jealous of that waterslide. I think I probably would've spent all day on that and the kids would've had to throw me off! I love your adorable Coach flats. I think they are a great choice and will go with everything!

Finally, I have to comment on that fantastic dessert. Oh my gosh. I think I'm going to have to try to make one at home. How perfect. I'm glad y'all are having such a great time and I love hearing all about your adventure!

Kristin said...

Still jealous! Love the maxi. : )

MCW said...

Looks fab! Enjoy!

Poolside with the Girls said...

Your trip sounds amazing! Enjoy every minute!!! (love the back scratcher!!)

a H.I.T. said...

It looks like you guys really made the most of your vacation! And those flats are ADORABLE.

Brittany Ann said...

Those flats are to die for!

The Pink Chick said...

I'm so jealous of your trip! It looks amazing! I am also jealous of your new shoes! They are so cute!