rtw rookies: wrapping up in waikiki

After a week of the rugged, untouched beauty of the North Shore and Kauai, the hubs and I decided we’d spend two nights in Waikiki, which equated to about a day and a half because of our flight schedules. Everyone warned us that Waikiki is very different than the rest of Hawaii, so we weren’t too concerned about limited time. Everyone was right. Waikiki is, for lack of a better comparison, the Times Square of Oahu. It’s the place you just kind of have to see for yourself, partly because if you tell people you’ve been to Oahu and haven’t seen Waikiki, they’ll think you’re weird. Just for show, apparently. We spent the first day…

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legends of the na pali coast

As one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines—and the second fastest eroding—there’s no question: if you find yourself in Kauai, you have to dedicate time to exploring the Na Pali Coast. Tour operators around the island offer various ways of seeing the jagged emerald coastline, and options include everything from an eleven mile hike to a helicopter ride to a boat tour. Given our budget and lack of interest in walking six hundred million miles, we knew we’d go with the boat option, and thanks to a year and a half of saved up credit card points, we eventually found a tour through Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures. Early one morning, we woke up, drove to…

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eating our way through hawaii: the sweet

To be honest, dessert is just not the way to my heart. Flowers are better than chocolates and mozz sticks are better than cupcakes. It’s just a fact. Lucky for you, in the name of research, the hubs and I still tested out our fair share of sweets while in Oahu & Kauai. Ted’s Bakery, North Shore, Oahu Ah yes, another Oahu staple: Ted’s Chocolate Haupia Pie. If I am forced to eat dessert, I’ll always go pie over cake. I even tried to implement a pie bar at our wedding instead of a traditional wedding cake, but our venue was all “psh, extra $$ please” and we were all “well, cake it is!” The…

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eating our way through hawaii: the savory

As we counted down to our ten day tour of Hawaii, I was surprised by how little I concerned myself with what we’d be eating. Usually, this is my #1 travel priority, but for some reason, I brushed Hawaii’s culinary options off from the start. To be honest, I just figured it’d be a lot of expensive seafood and familiar “high-end” chain restaurants that two backpackers would never be able to afford. In Waikiki, that was pretty much spot on. However, one thing I didn’t expect? The plethora of budget-friendly food trucks and roadside stands with seriously delish offerings. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, North Shore, Oahu  When you ask around the North Shore for recommendations on…

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