Exploring Downtown Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

 After visiting the Hawaiian islands six times I finally got to see Waikiki Beach!Hawaii-1037004

When visiting Hawaii I spent a day and a half exploring the city of Honolulu and the Waikiki Beach area.  It is really not as hard to drive in the city as I thought it might be.  However I live in Tampa Florida which is not a small area either.   Since I was on the islands during Halloween my friend Lori and I came across many Halloween decorations. 

We had dinner two times at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki which has is such a fun place as it has a lot of great restaurants, stores and the beach.   I wish I'd had my good camera and tripod but we were going out for a night on the town so that wouldn't of worked very well.  I was kind of surprised that most of the bars and restaurants closed around 10 or 11 o'clock however we did find a bar called the Wild Irish Rose.   Now I am no stranger to dive bars but it has been a long time since I have visited one so I was hesitant to go to this place.  Surprisingly, I had a great time as the band was good, the staff was friendly everybody there was enjoying themselves and people were dancing.  I would return when I visit the island again. 

Here are a couple of photos that I took from the plane as we were flying into Oahu:

Hawaii-1037004Here is the famous Aloha Tower:

Hawaii-1037004We had dinner at Gordon Biersch

in the back of the tower overlooking the water - very nice!
Hawaii-1037004Here is a famous banyan tree in the Hilton Waikiki Village that has lights on it at night and is very pretty!

Hawaii-1037004Another view of Waikiki Beach:
Hawaii-1037004Here is the Rainbow Tower in the Hilton Hawaiian Village right on Waikiki Beach:
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My friend Lori and I went out at night in Honolulu.  I apologize for the quality of some of these photos.  They were taken with my very old point and shoot. 

Here is a statue I tried to photograph called "The Blessing of Puanani", meaning “Beautiful Flower,” at the Hilton Hawaiian Village:


Here is a photo of my friend Lori and I at the Wild Irish Saloon.  I was hesitant to go, but glad I did!  If you watch the short video of the band playing "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple be sure to turn down your volume!

 Here are some goofy photos of some cool Halloween decorations we saw that night.  Of course I wanted my photo taken next to the black cat!Wandering and searching Island Girl  (1 of 1)-195
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I suppose it's good to get out of your comfort zone from time to time!  Thank you so much for stopping by and let me know if you have stepped out of your comfort zone and if you agree that it is a healthy thing to do?  I hope you all have a wonderful wee!




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