August 21, 2009
It's crowded. The beach is shrinking. It's too touristy. It's expensive. It's hot, especially in August.
Then WHY? Why would you choose Waikiki Beach in Oahu rather than Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island for a family vacation destination?
I raised the same question during the five hour airline delay to get out here. I also had some doubts about the bill, since our travel budget has been rather expansive this summer. Arriving to rush hour traffic and getting misdirected at the hotel didn't help. But once the burden of the travel day was behind us, the answers started to unfold.
Maybe it was the wonder ignited by Honolulu's skyscrapers. Or the novelty of setting foot on a tropical beach for the first time. Or the idea of paddling out into the line up, or lolloping around in the sunscreen-infested waters of a pool called Paradise Pool. Or trekking over to learn about marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, and enroute being greeted by Duke, the person who brought surfing to life on one of the most famous beaches in the world...
How is it possible that a single day, from sun-up to sun-down, could have reversed the headaches of such a troublesome travel day? It's a valid question, and I'm having a heck of a good time finding out the answers for you. Next stop, Hanauma Bay!
Don't forget to hang five over at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.