Aloha Hawaii!

Nov 17, 2013

3 months behind but better late than never! Since the weather is getting colder and I think this is the most appropriate time to recap on our Hawaii trip (to warm ourselves up a little bit).

I guess we really made the right choice to visit Hawaii just this once in our lifetime. We had such fond memories of that place. Even the kids, though, we didn't bring them around much but I guess the seas, beaches, sun and beautiful water really left a deep impression on them. And come to think of it, it's Kerri's 1st time hanging out by the beaches too. After we got back, we couldn't help reminiscing the place so much and at one point, we even talk of migrating that but well... only to find out it's one of the top most few expensive places to live in.

Alright, back to the main topic. I found some random facts about Hawaii which I thought are pretty interesting.

1. Hawaii, which is otherwise known as the Big Island, has an area of 4,028 square miles. 

2. It is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China and 5,280 miles from the Philippines. That explains why we saw so many Japanese and Filipino on the island.

3. Caucasians, constitute about 33% of the population, Japanese about 33%, Filipino-Americans about 16% and Chinese-Americans about 5%. 

4. Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.

The flight from Boise to Hawaii is about 6 hours and Hawaii is about 4 hours behind Boise time. We booked ourselves on the 10am flight and reached Hawaii at noon at their local time. The moment we stepped out from the airport. Woah! The air smelled so good and it's humid. The weather is exactly like Singapore. I felt at home immediately. Because for easy access, we booked a car to bring us around the island too. It's just nice for our party of 6.

While waiting to alight the plane.

Honolulu International Airport

This is the gang at the carpark while waiting for our rental car to be drive to us. 

Lunch was at Lobster King which was recommended by James. The food were pretty decent. And affordable prices too.

Did I mention the kimchi was super good?

Proceeded to check in our hotel after a hearty lunch. It's a 2 room suite with kitchen. Our stay couldn't be any more pleasant.

Took a stroll near our hotel and there are so many shops and things to see. A lot of Japanese. I thought we have landed in Japan or what.

Owner, Lukie Wong, from 88 Tees framed up a photo she took with Ayumi Hamasaki. This shop sells vintage apparels alongside with some branded tees too.

The girls were so happy with the bear pouch that I got for them at the Bear's museum. 

Some random stage performance by artists.

These 2 refused to leave when I asked them to. They insisted to stay put and listen to the whole performance.

Rebecca & James

Our family

The ceiling decoration of Hard Rock Cafe, Honolulu

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