Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hawaii Vacation Day 7 - Pali Lookout and Blowhole

Saturday was another day for exploring around the island. We started out going eat on the H1 through Honolulu. That was our only experience driving through Honolulu the whole time we were there. There was a lot of traffic, but we expected that. Our plan for the day was to hit the Halona Blowhole and the Pali Lookout. On our way to the blowhole, we stopped at a couple of other pull-offs along the highway.
Koko Head
The views were all so incredible, and just had to get some pictures.

Diamond Head

Photography by Michael!

 And another look out/pull off

The we got to the Halona Blowhole. The ocean was very rough that day, and I had heard that it helps for a bigger show, so I was pretty excited about what we might see. When we first walked up, we immediately saw water shooting out of the blowhole. 

Then we watched and watch, and only saw little spurts.

 Then all of a sudden there was huge spurts! Like 30 feet high! And we it did it over and over.

It was so cool! I would highly recommend stopping here. It is a quick stop, but with a really cool "show" to watch.

Next, we made our way to the Pali Lookout.

What an incredible view!! It's just breathtaking!

As we were leaving the lookout, there was a random girl standing there with this huge lizard thing. Not sure what it was, but Andrew tried to hold it.

We had originally wanted to hike Diamond Head, but once we got to Hawaii, and Michael couldn't walk from one end of the resort to the other, there was no way he could do that hike. But going to the Pali lookout was a good substitution, and there was no hiking involved!

A panoramic view
After the Pali Lookout, we drove over to the Valley of the Temples to see the Byodo-In Temple. It has appeared in several TV shows, and is beautiful, so we wanted to go see it. When we got there, it was $7 for us to go in, and I know that's not a lot, but all we wanted to do was go in and take a picture, we opted to just turn around.
This is what it looks like

Then it was time for some lunch. We went right across the street to a strip mall, and found a great little local restaurant called, Koolau Drive Inn. It was kind of sketchy looking, but the food was great, and it was really cheap too! I just ordered a cheese burger and fries and Andrew and Michael both got the ramen. Andrew also got the gyoza and really liked everything he got. Really large portions too!
As a bonus, this is was our view during lunch!!
After lunch, we hopped back on the H3 and headed back to resort.

When we got back to the resort, we put on our bathing suits, grabbed a pineapple macadamia nut cupcake and went to eat it by the pool.  We had fun playing in the pool and the boys went on the slide a couple times.

 We also got a shave ice. Like I said, that was a daily thing for us.

They were so good, and cheap. We always just shared one between the three of us. We were actually at the pool till 6:45, so we just grabbed some dinner from the Ulu Cafe and took it back to the room to eat and watch a movie. Then it was time for bed.

Up Next, Our last full day of vacation and the only bad day we had. 

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