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The Adventures Of The Griswalds

Exploring Oahu

March 27, 2016

Today we got down to breakfast nice and early, since we had planned a day of exploring today.

Our first stop was the Diamond Head crater, a short drive from Waikiki. Once we managed to locate a car park (which was not an easy feat!), we set off on the walk up to the top of Diamond Head. It was a warm day and the climb up to the top takes a while. However, the view from the top was very worthwhile.

As we were about to start the descent down, we saw a young boy who had succumbed to the heat. His parents had not thought to take water with them on the climb up and he was apparently quite dehydrated. We gave the parents a bottle of water, which they gave to him while they waited for help. They had already called 911 and we could hear the sirens in the distance. On our way down, we passed a number of fire and rescue personnel who were on their way to assist. By the time we got to the bottom, there were a number of fire trucks in the car park and the rescue helicopter had just landed, after picking up the young boy from the top of Diamond Head. He seemed fine when he got out of the helicopter, which was good. One of the local firefighters at the scene told us that events such as this were very common, and they sometimes attended multiple times per day!

After leaving Diamond Head, we drove up the coastal town of Haleiwa. Haleiwa is an historic town and was much busier than we remembered it being on our previous visit. Our main reason for heading back to Haleiwa was to get some shave ice from the famous Matsumoto's. We indulged in all sorts of flavours and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We then drove back to Honolulu and headed to the wonderful Halekulani hotel, where we ate outside and enjoyed a beautiful dinner.

After dinner we walked along Waikiki Beach and waited for the amazing sunset, before heading back to the hotel after what had been quite a big day.

The view from the top of Diamond Head.
The view from the top of Diamond Head.
The view from the top of Diamond Head.
The view from the top of Diamond Head.
Tim, at Diamond Head.
Tim, at Diamond Head.
Andrea and Keith, at Diamond Head.
Andrea and Keith, at Diamond Head.
Matt, Christie, and Tim, at Diamond Head.
Matt, Christie, and Tim, at Diamond Head.
Christie, at Diamond Head.
Christie, at Diamond Head.
Tim, Keith, and Christie, at Diamond Head.
Tim, Keith, and Christie, at Diamond Head.
Tim, Christie, and Matt, in the car park at Diamond Head.
Tim, Christie, and Matt, in the car park at Diamond Head.
Matt, in the car park at Diamond Head.
Matt, in the car park at Diamond Head.
Our shave ice being prepared at Matsumoto's Shave Ice.
Our shave ice being prepared at Matsumoto's Shave Ice.
Matsumoto's Shave Ice!
Matsumoto's Shave Ice!
Syrup selection for shave ice.
Syrup selection for shave ice.
Shave ice with mochis.
Shave ice with mochis.
Shave ice with mochis and condensed milk!
Shave ice with mochis and condensed milk!
Keith, Matt, Christie, Andrea, and Tim, enjoying shave ice in Haleiwa.
Keith, Matt, Christie, Andrea, and Tim, enjoying shave ice in Haleiwa.
Christie, at dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Christie, at dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Tim, at dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Tim, at dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Matt, at dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Matt, at dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
One of our favourite cocktails, the Lava Flow.
One of our favourite cocktails, the Lava Flow.
Tim, enjoying a Lava Flow.
Tim, enjoying a Lava Flow.
Christie, enjoying a Lava Flow.
Christie, enjoying a Lava Flow.
Palm trees at the Halekulani hotel.
Palm trees at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Dinner at the Halekulani hotel.
Matt, on Waikiki Beach.
Matt, on Waikiki Beach.
Tim, Matt, Christie, Andrea, and Keith, on Waikiki Beach.
Tim, Matt, Christie, Andrea, and Keith, on Waikiki Beach.
Sunset on Waikiki Beach.
Sunset on Waikiki Beach.
Sunset on Waikiki Beach.
Sunset on Waikiki Beach.