Category: Travel

Hawaii Vacay Day 6: Touristy Hawaii

Today is booked with activities that the family planned out on having together. I originally felt pretty tired and a little sick to go ziplining but apparently 5ii already prepaid it and it would be a waste if we didn’t go, so I decide to suck it up and go and you know what, I’m pretty happy I went.

Everyone else took a shuttle to ziplining but since arthur and I had a rented car, we drove there with a few family members. The Ziplining we went to was a Kaula Ranch and apparently is a pretty popular location for movie filming. I don’t have any pictures for my zip lining since I had no room to bring my phone which I was kinda sad because it’s my first time ziplining and was pretty fun.

During out shuttle ride to the ziplining location, we had to stop for a good 10 minutes because they were filmingthe movie Jumanji 2. I didn’t really mind the wait though because it paid off, we got to see a huge explosion that’s part of the movie shooting;it was cool!
After ziplining we head back to the hotel and rushed to a Luau near Waimanalo Beach of Chief’s Luau. The drive to the Luau was about 40 minutes long and it was a very scenic drive which I enjoyed a lot.

Rainbow view from H1 high way drive to the Luau

Light blue sea along the east coast of Oahu.
I really wish we explored more on the east side of Oahu. Next time we come to Oahu I’ll probably be doing that for the most part. We were lucky to make it to the Luau right at 6 PM, just on time to sit down before the buffet and show starts.

Food from Chief Luau’s buffet

Live music while we enjoy the food
The food at this Luau was decent and the show was great. The man doing most of the MCing, Chief, was pretty funny. He kinda sounded like he was intoxicated LOL. I really enjoyed different polinesian dances, especially the fire spin. One of the guys doing the fire spin was incredibly fast, I was impressed! I didn’t take much pictures of the Luau because I really just wanted to sit and enjoy it.

The only picture I got from the Luau performance.
This was our last night in Oahu, and it really was a great way to end the trip. We spent our last night we slot of family members under the beautiful night sky. The weather was also very nice and breezy this night. I’m glad I went to both the Ziplining and Luau even though I’m usually not a huge fan of very touristy stuff.


Hawaii Vacay Day 5: Wedding Day

Finally! Myke and Jasmine’s wedding day!!! Today is the reason we flew to Hawaii. Today we are fully booked for wedding stuffs and I’m super excited for it! Because we are one of the few family that actually rented a car, we’re on Taxi duty today.

Started our day like everyday so far in Hawaii, which is eating the complimentary breakfast. Right after the breakfast we drove 5ii to her car rental place and grab some sharpies from Office Max as the bride request. After coming back from errands I went to the Marriot Hotel room with all the other girls to get ready.
For the first time of my life I wore false lashes and hands professional hair dresser do my hair. The only reason the hair dresser did my hair, though, was because all the bridesmaids were busy doing their makeup lol. Here’s my finally look for the day. I decided to wear my Vince Camuto dress I got from Amazon so I can match Arthur’s pink dress shirt 🙂 I think we both looked pretty good for the wedding.
The wedding ceremony was at Waimanalo Beach, which is on the east side of Oahu. Waimanalo was probably the prettiest beach I’ve seen in a long time. The ceremony was pretty cheesy in a cute way, andI saw the pictures Jasmine and Myke took for their wedding pictures and it looked amazing! I wish I could share it to you guys, but I’m pretty sure they would rather not have their wedding pictures posted on a public blog lol.
Here are a few pictures of Waimanalo Beach, me and Arthur.
After the ceremony, we went back to the hotel to freshen up and head straight to The Willow, which is where the reception is at. The Willow had an amazing buffet, in which we had to walk out of the reception building to go get, but it was worth it.
I had around 3 drinks tonight. 2 rum cola and 1 Gin & Tonic. In which both are drinks I’ve always wanted to order and have a real bartender make it for me. I was so glad that when I ordered it the bartender knew right away what I was asking for. In the past when I order these drinks with waitresses they’re like”what?”. I mean, c;mon now, these are both pretty basic drinks that every bar is able to make.
Anyways, during the reception I got pretty drunk and honestly embarrassed myself by throwing up several times. But I had a lot of fun bonding with family.
Also I grab the brides banquet!! I was pretty intoxicated by then but I’m pretty sure all the ladies let me have it LOL
The wedding and reception was pretty casual and actually the most enjoying wedding I’ve been. I love Myke and Jasmine like family so I was sincerely happy for their marriage, and congratulate them from the bottom of my heart. I’m glad I was able to be part of an important event of their life, and I want to thank them for having their ceremony in Hawaii so that our family can all have a good reason to have a Hawaii Vacation all together.

Hawaii Vacay Day 4: Day Before the Wedding

Day 4 of our Hawaii trip was probably the most relaxing day. we woke up, had breakfast and as the bride’s request, we drove her around to the wedding venue to ease her from her anxieties.
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Jamba Juicing while waiting for the bride to be ready.
We originally thought we would be driving her right after breakfast but it turns out that we had to wait several hours before she was ready to go. Which honestly wasn’t a problem because both arthur and I were pretty tired by day 4 and needed some rest. We watched a couple episodes of Arrow on the hotel TV before deciding to go out to grab some Jumba juice. When the bride messaged us that she was ready, we called our car out from valet and had to drive around in circles several times before finding her because she went to the wrong Hyatt hotel.
After checking out the venue, we returned to the hotel. Several family members were hungry by then and wanted to grab some food. We all walked about 15 minutes to go to a Hawaiian cuisine restaurant called Dukes.
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Duke’s dining area.

My order of Fish sandwich. It was pretty good.
We were a party of 15 at Duke’s. And luckily enough we didn’t have to wait because uncle 8fu called in and let them know before we head to the restaurant. Several of the 21 plus cousins had some interesting alcoholic drinks like the Tropical Itch that came with a back scratcher. It was a fun dining time with the family. After the lunner/dunch we head over to the International Market Place which was right across the street.
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Crossing to the International Market Place
Apparently the international Market Place just opened around a month ago. The inside part of the all was amazing. It had a pond and a waterfall inside. It even had live music when we went in. Since the mall is fairly new, many of the shops aren’t open yet, the mall was still pretty enjoyable regardless.

Several family members pitch in the buy a cute wedding gift from Swarovski for the bride and the groom. It was a teddy bear couple dressed in wedding attired. I wished I took a picture of it because it was really cute. It was pretty cool the the shop had complimentary rock candy, in which all the kids grabbed. Haha. I didn’t really finish mine but free stuff is always nice.
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The walk back to the hotel was a nice view of the sunset at Waikiki Beach.We originally planned on having a late night dinner with 4ii’s family I think everyone was pretty tired by then and we didn’t end up having the late night dinner.

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Day four was overall very relaxing and a enjoyable time with the family.


Hawaii Vacay Day 3: Hiking Diamond Head and Ala Moana Mall

We started off day three with a hike on Diamond Head Monument with Arthur, his sister, 4ii’s husband and me. It decided to drive there since I heard they have decent parking there, and taking the bus there only means the pre hike to the hiking trail is a long way up.

The fare to park our car was $5 dollars which was the cheapest thing in the trip so far lol. We had to wait a little before parking. At the time we thought it was a long wait until we saw the amount of cars lining up at the end of our hike. It seemed like we went there at a pretty good time.
The hike started off kinda iffy. I heard the hike was good for beginners so when the hike started off with a sidewalk I thought in my head “looks like we’re in for a lame hike”. But thank god I was wrong, it hike definitely got much more hikey along the way.

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Rocky trails midway through the hike

Blue ocean view near the top of the mountain!

Blue ocean view near the top of the mountain!

The hike ended up being great. Great work out to the top of the mountain. Great view at the end of the hike. I think it was my favorite thing I did in this trip.

After the hike Arthur and I freshen up and went to the Ala Moana mall. It was a HUGE out door mall. Parking was also huge and free. We didn’t get to do much in the mall but we did got to look around.

Shirokiya, a huge Japanese cafeteria in Ala Moana mall.

Shirokiya, a huge Japanese cafeteria in Ala Moana mall.

 

View inside the mall

View inside the mall

At the end of the day we had sushi dinner with 4ii’s family and Arthur’s brother in their hotel. We also had some hot Sake with 4ii’s husband. This dinner was overall good. The sushi weren’t too over price and the quality is great. I think the most enjoyable part is drinking sake with 4ii’s husband and listening to 4ii and her husband talk about Arthur and his brothers childhood days. I think day 3 was overall my favorite day. Diamond Head was a great hike, got to get plenty of rest and explore more of the Honolulu area.