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Hawaii: The Wrap Up

Hello, I am a green sea turtle

Days in Hawaii: 6 Cities visited: Honolulu, Kailua Average expenses per day: $130 Best new food discovery: Acai bowls. These things are freaking amazing. I think we should open an Acai bowl food truck when we get back to DC. I’m only half joking. Worst new food discovery: The crap they serve at Aunty Pat’s Paniolo Cafe on Kualoa Ranch. The Kualoa Ranch is a big tourist attraction on Oahu, where they are happy to separate you from your money in exchange for horseback rides, ATV tours, and sight-seeing trips…

Food on the Road: Oahu

Acai Bowl

This is the first in a series of posts about food we eat along the way. I’m dedicating this post to my work wife, foodie photographer (pre-order her photographs of DC finest food here) and one of my best friends, Emily Goodstein. You may know her from her post all about me, which one of the best going away gifts ever. OK, so let’s get down to business. I’ll be sharing pictures and thoughts about each item, location links, giving a overall ranking of 1 (everything about it was awful)…

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Yellow fish

This morning, Amber and I drove to Oahu’s Hanauma Bay, a nature preserve that was formed 30,000 years ago from volcanic activity on Oahu (the area was formed then, I should say; it was only designated as a protected area in the1960s).  The calm and protected water inside the bay have formed a perfect place for all kinds of fish to come and swim among the coral that grow there, and those fish have, in turn, attracted immense numbers of tourists–up to 3,000 each day–who come to snorkel and dive…

Aloha from Kailua, Oahu

Kailua sun rise

We arrived in Honolulu last night around 9 p.m., which our bodies interpreted as closer to 3 in the morning. After picking up our rental car, we navigated to the town of Kailua, on Oahu’s eastern shore, about 20 minutes from Honolulu, and make it to the home of Amber’s former coworker, Sam, who graciously received us with fresh floral leis. Our internal clocks made sure we were awake by 6 a.m. this morning, so we walked one block to the beach and watched the sunrise.

Guide Us: Oahu and Fiji


It’s October and we are planning to visit Oahu, Hawaii for a week and Fiji for two weeks. We’d love to hear your thoughts on things to do and see and places to stay. Keep in mind, we’re on a budget! This is the first in a series, we’ll be looking for your tips and ideas throughout the trip as we draw closer to each country we visit. Please post in the comments. If you have a relative/friend/colleague you think we should connect with or other details not well-suited for the…