Part 1: Getting There
Part 2: Hiking Diamond Head Crater
Part 3: First Day at Aulani
Part 4: Tuesday in Hawaii (Girls Version)
Part 5: Tuesday in Hawaii (Boys Version)
Part 6: Dole Plantation and the North Shore
Part 7: Out to Sea
Part 8: Friday at Aulani
Part 9: Kualoa Ranch
Part 10: Picnic on the Beach and Waikiki
Still Saturday, March 14, 2015
We finished our tours at Kualoa Ranch before noon. We had packed lunches and decided to eat at the nearby beach at Kualoa Regional Park. We could see the entrance from Kualoa Ranch, and it had a lot of parking, picnic tables, a huge grass area and restrooms (that happened to be closed for construction while we were there).
The day we were there it was super windy. We didn't notice the wind while we were at Kualoa Ranch, but it had picked up. Nevertheless, this was a great place for a picnic lunch.
We went back to our rooms to change before going to the famous Duke's restaurant of Waikiki. A few months prior to our trip, I made a reservation for 4:45 p.m. (the only time I could get). Since it was a Saturday night and the beginning of Hawaii's spring break, I knew the Waikiki area would be packed.
We asked at our hotel if we should walk on the street or walk on the beach to get to Duke's, and the employee recommended the beach. So we started along the paved path of the beach and then discovered it ended and we had to walk in the deep sand on the beach and walk through hotel bars to get to Duke's. By the time we got there, we were starving.
We got seated after a few minutes, ordered an appetizer and started with the salad bar. We were seated on the covered patio section of the restaurant, and there was the bar below us with a live band playing. It was a very fun, festive atmosphere.
That's Diamond Head in the distance:
Up next: Our last day in Hawaii