Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hawaii Trip - Days 6 & 7

Day 6

We took it very easy today, since we’ve been running around like crazy all week. For breakfast, we went to Duke’s in the Outrigger for their buffet and it was decent. There were a lot of well fed birds that hangout at the restaurant. They didn’t bother me; I’ve just never seen anything like it. After breakfast, we relaxed in our room most of the day and had some cocktails.

Later in the evening we went swimming and then had a light dinner at The Cheesecake Factory (again, I know!). After dinner, we went to watch the sunset and then called it an early night.

Heading out for dinner

Day 7

Today, we went to Hanauma Bay and it was beautiful. It is a nature reserve, so they keep the beach protected. After watching the video (you have to watch before you’re allowed down to the beach) we learned that the area was formed from lava that cooled over time and the word Hanauma means curved bay. There are many species of fish in the water that thrive with all of the coral that is in the bay.

Hanauma Bay from the top

Us at Hanauma Bay

We made our way down to the beach and rented some snorkel gear. The water was somewhat murky when we were there, so we didn’t see a lot of fish. We only stayed an hour or so and then headed off to Waialae Beach Park. After we visited there, we went back to the hotel and swam in the ocean and then the pool.

For dinner, we went to a sushi/Cuban fusion restaurant called Doraku. Everything on the menu is made to share and we ordered a lot. To start, we had garlic edamame and I had the house salad with ginger vinaigrette dressing. It was so good. We then shared California rolls and I had chicken teriyaki and a Cuban beef roll. It was interesting having steak in a sushi roll. Geof had the Doraku Roll and Dragon Roll. He also tried some Nairagi (Hawaiian Marlin) sashimi and loved it. For dessert, we had tempura brownie and this ice cream that was covered in rice paste, called mochi ice cream. I know that it sounds a little strange, but it was delicious.

Heading out to dinner

One of our sushi rolls

After dinner, we shopped the Waikiki strip. We stopped in Tiffany & Co. and Geof was asking me to pick some things that I liked. He surprised me and got me an anchor necklace in sterling silver as an anniversary gift. It is so pretty and will always remind me of our vacation. I love that man! After we finished shopping, we came back to our hotel and called it a night.


Katie said...

how sweet! Who doesn't love a tiffany's gift!?!?!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures!! I have been trying to talk my hubs into talking me for our 10 year anniv..but so far it has been a big failure on my part!

Melissa said...

I love all your outfits from this trip! So cute!

Presents from Tiffany's are always a good idea! I love the necklace! :)

Anonymous said...

wonderful pictures! what a sweet surprise with the necklace :-)

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Sounds like an amzing trip! I finally caught up on all the other days. Can't believe you jumped off at Waimea Bay. We went and watched, but no one had the guts to do it. Kuddos to your hubby on an awesome gift!

Lindsey said...

I am glad you had a good time on your trip. I really hope that I get to Hawaii some day. Your pictures are really pretty.

Whitney said...

Love the necklace! And now I'm hungry for sushi! Ha! Such gorgeous photos you've shown us!

Michelle said...

What an awesome trip & what a fabulous hubs you have...be sure to give Geof Adam's number, OK?? ;)

I so want to go to Hawaii now...last time I was there I was 8 years old!! Ah!

So glad you're home & that you guys had such a wonderful time.

Lindsay said...

i love reading about your trip! wish i could go back! and O.M.G. for your necklace! i love it! such a great present!

MCW said...

I love how you are posting while on vaca! Such a good way to remember everything!

Linda said...

I love mochi. It's so yummy.
Beautiful necklace!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW!!!! Jules how amazing and gorgeous is Hawaii. You must be in pure heaven. ~Enjoy! :)

Gwen said...

I love your new necklace!!! Gorgeous!!! I should have told you to try Genki Sushi while you were there. We ate it a few times and it's so much fun. You get to chose from items that run in front of you on a belt. I might be forgetting this or jumping the gun a bit but did you get to see Pearl Harbor? XOXO

The Pink Chick said...

I love the anchor necklace! How sweet! By the way, how cute are you in that pink shirt in the first picture! I love, love the shirt!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

You have the cutest vacation clothes! I love all of them, especially your out-to-dinner dress!

That bay looks beautiful and I still am so jealous of the snorkeling! Too bad that you didn't get to see that many fish this time.

That sushi looks really, realy good. And the brownie dessert sounds like something that I would absolutely adore.

Okay, the best for last...do you have the best husband or what? Tiffany's?! That necklace is gorgeous and it will be something you can keep forever to remember this trip!

So glad to hear more about your trip. It sounds like it was pure bliss!

Brittany Ann said...

Good job hubby! What a sweet gift!

Kassie said...

Glad to see you took a break in there during your action packed tropical vacay!!

ANd the tiffany's present--I'm in loooove. :)

kanishk said...

What beautiful pictures!! I have been trying to talk my hubs into talking me for our 10 year anniv
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The Queen of Clearance. said...

tiffany and company???? I would NEVER ever get a gift from there...my hubs would NEVER ever do that. lol. maybe someday I'll buy myself something from there!