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