Both young and single back then, (didn’t even know each other). . . carefree. . .and ready for Waikiki.
Swaying palm trees. . .golden sand. . .picture-perfect blue skies and sea. . .
. . .yep, that’s the way it was back then.
And that is still the way it is now, sort of.
|Waikiki's legendary 'Pink Palace' ~ The Royal Hawaiian Hotel|
One evening three years ago we happened upon a street fight between two homeless men not far from our hotel; a block later the sidewalk was blocked by a group of chanting, tambourine-thumping 1960’s hippie-type throwbacks who competed with the emergency vehicle sirens for noise-making.
|Royal Hawaiian pink umbrellas and striped beach towels frame Diamond Head|
We skipped Honolulu and its tourist-magnet Waikiki last year even though our interval home at KoOlina is about 30 minutes (on a ‘good traffic’ day) away. This year, though, for old times sake we trekked into town for a Sunday afternoon visit.
|Royal Hawaiian beach Waikiki on the left, KoOlina on the right|
We concluded that an afternoon was long enough in Waikiki these days, but still it was nice to visit some of our favorite spots, like. . .
|Duke Kahanamoku, surfing legend|
|Window to Kalakaua Avenue's street 'show'|
|Moana Hotel's Banyon Tree Beach Bar|
|Honolulu scenes from Nimitz Highway|
Part of Honolulu’s madness these days is its traffic. Like metropolitan areas everywhere with nearly a million people (Honolulu metro area is about 950,000 people) the place is jammed with too many automobiles. The photos below were not taken during rush hour when the roads really come to a standstill, these were taken at 1:30 on a weekday afternoon and a Sunday morning on H-1, the main freeway on the island.
|Sunday morning on the left; Tuesday afternoon on the right|
|Train track construction - Honolulu|
The island’s governing bodies are trying to address the problem with an elevated link train – still billions of dollars underfunded and not yet constructed – but at least they have made a start at laying the foundation for the line that will run west to Kapolei, the island’s second largest city.
|Halewai on the island's North Shore is served by bus 52 from Honolulu|
Traveler’s Tip: One way to get around in the traffic is to use the island’s incredible transit, The Bus. Its user-friendly web site caters to tourists with a link “Visitors” that explains how to get to tourist destinations and how to buy passes. We parked at the city’s sprawling Ala Moana Shopping Center (with a visit there, of coure) then hopped the bus to and from Waikiki.
How about your travels? Ever found that you prefer the memories of past visits to a present-day ‘reality’ visit? Are you a country-person or prefer the more ‘happening’ city beat?
Thanks for joining us in Honolulu and for all the time you spend with us. Hope you’ll tell your friends to drop by and join in on the travel tales and tips!
This coming week, you’ll find us joining in the fun at:
Travel Photo Thursday – Budget Traveler’s Sandbox
Travel Inspiration – Reflections En Route
Mosaic Monday – Lavender Cottage Gardening
Travel Photo Monday - Travel Photo Discovery