Hawaii 2011 – Oahu Part 1 *pic heavy*

I love Hawaii! Prior to this trip I had been to Oahu with my family roughly 5 years ago. This was my first romantic getaway with someone that I love so it was a really special trip. :)

The view from our seats:

Hawaii has the most amazing skyline… the very first time I visited I felt the sky was just such a pure blue color. For this trip the sky was a bit cloudy and windy at times but it was still very beautiful.

Walking along Waikiki beach during our first night:

I highly recommend visiting Oahu if its your first time to Hawaii. It’s quite touristy but it does have all the major shopping and nightlife. Plus, if your home state sales tax is higher than Hawaii’s current ~4.5%, you can feel better purchasing higher priced items here. (A few more shopping photos to come in future posts)

Our hotel room lanai overlooked the Ala Wai canal: (sunny view here)

Every morning we’d watch the sunrise and watch people walking along the canal.

We hiked up Diamond Head the next day and this was the view:

I highly recommend the hike! Not overly challenging but not too easy either. To reward ourselves we had our first shaved ice of the trip at the bottom of the crater:

Diamond Head State beach park: (if you visit this beach, bring all important valuables with you, as it is notorious for car trunk theft!)

Lots of little tidepools with small crabs and fish that got stuck:

The sand here is so sparkly!

Justin and I bought a handful of Groupons in preparation for our trip. Just sign up for email alerts for Honolulu, HI and you’ll get cheaper meals and excursions this way. For under $30 we each got a Groupon for a sunset cruise on a catamaran!

Our boat, the Island Magic:

On the docks a fisherman had just caught some mahi mahi so I had to take some quick pics :) Apparently while we were there there was a mahi mahi shortage so I’m sure this fisherman was happy to get these.

This photo was one of my favorites for this entire trip! We were allowed to sit at the front of the catamaran where I snapped this photo. I currently have it in a frame in my guest bathroom. :)

I was quite snap-happy throughout the trip, so you’ll be seeing a lot of Justin in my photos. Sorry if that’s bothersome.. but then again I’m not that sorry. Haha.

I love him, what else can I say?

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Thank you for reading!

♥ E&I