Tuesday, July 17:
Wife and I were VERY lazy today... we actually slept in until 7:30 :P
Hung out on the lanai with coffee and the paper for a while before cleaning up for breakfast. We had a coupon for the buffet at Tiki's, which is where we had dinner our first night in Waikiki. The coupon was buy one buffet and get one free. Breakfast was something Tiki's had just started a couple weeks before. The food was okay, but after eating at Duke's the morning before, definitely not as good.
Spent most of the rest of the day lounging by the pool and the beach. Dinner was at Alan Wong's, which most people know from this site is one of the best restaurants in Honolulu. It's on the 3rd floor of an old warehouse, but the inside is really nice. Our appetizer was a chinese pork quesadilla; very good. Wife had beef tenderloin with goat cheese mashed potatoes and I had the ginger crusted onaga. Both were excellent. Dessert was the chocolate crunch bars and haupia yogurt inside a dark chocolate coconut. Our menus were personalized and signed by the staff, congratulating us on our honeymoon.
Wednesday, July 18:
Got up early to go to Pearl Harbor. Wife wasnt real happy with me as she wanted to sleep a little later. We got there about 7:45 and waited in line to get our tickets for about 45 minutes. Got tickets at 8:30 and our tour began at 10:00, so we had 90 minutes to look around. Pearl Harbor is one of those things everyone should probably experience when visiting Hawaii. Very moving.
Wife wanted to go to Coldstone Creamery for ice cream so we did that when we got back from Pearl Harbor. Both of us ended up getting shakes instead of ice cream LOL. Mine was cherry cheesecake, and it was very good. Went back to the hotel room and wife wanted to take a nap. That gave me a chance to check up on the Detroit Tigers (baseball- HUGE fan) for a couple hours and take a nap as well :)
Dinner was at the Hanohano Room on the 30th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki. Views of the ocean and the city are incredible, especially at night. Our appetizer was Pacific Blue Crab Gratin, which is crab blended with maui onion, topped with baked parmesan cheese. Wife had Rosemary Chicken and I went with filet mignon and lobster. Both were good, but I feel you definitely pay for the wonderful views. Dessert was strawberry sabayon. Dinner was disrupted a bit by the bratty kid at the next table. I'll never understand why parents cant control their kids. And what the heck is a small child gonna eat at a place like the Hanohano Room? Not my favorite restaurant of the trip but I would still go back again.
If you DO eat there, ask for Wayne to be your waiter.... 35 years of service and counting. He was a true professional.
Thursday, July 19:
Our final day... neither one of us wanted to leave, but I kept telling my wife how many people NEVER get a chance to go to Hawaii in their lifetime and how incredibly fortunate we are. Not sure she felt better, but it helped put things in perspective a bit :)
Walked over to the new Starbucks on Lewers Street... she had a mocha and I had the caramel macchiato or whatever it is LOL. Had an early lunch at The Cheesecake Factory... I wanted a big meal since our flight would leave before dinner and I knew they had HUGE portions. I believe the wife had a pasta dish and I had the shrimp and bacon sandwich, which was VERY good. Obviously, we had cheesecake for dessert. She got the peanut butter chocolate cookie dough and I got the one with Snickers.
Back to the hotel to pack up and get ready to check out. Called down for a bell man to come get the luggage and have the valet bring the car around. We left the hotel around 2:30 and drove over to Thrifty to drop the car off. Thrifty then shuttled us over to the airport, where we checked in for our 5:10 flight at about 3:30. With the time change, we obviously flew all night. Got in to Minneapolis about 6:00AM Central time Friday Morning the 20th. Got breakfast from Burger King and caught connecting flight into Grand Rapids. Somehow, I managed to drive two hours home from Grand Rapids, though by that time I was running on fumes.
So that's my honeymoon.... never long enough, but filled with memories we will cherish the rest of our lives. I'd like to thank all of you who were instrumental in planning our trip of a lifetime and I hope to return the favor by helping others plan their trips.
Maybe someday, the wife and I will get a chance to go back