The next morning, we all crowded into Daniel’s parents’ van (from now on referred to as the hula bus), and drove over to Honolulu for the morning. We walked around a little downtown, and checked out Waikiki. Even at 9 in the morning, it was already really crowded, and honestly, the beach was not nearly as nice as Kailua beach. The highlight of the morning was lobster man – some guy sunbathing that had the worst sunburn we had ever seen. It was really really bad. After an hour or two, we drove over to Diamond Head, where we hiked up to the top. Diamond Head is the most popular hike on the island, and it is easy to see why – it is very close to Honolulu, you get a really good view of Honolulu and the West side of the island, and there is a lot of remnant WWII construction you get to scramble through. At the peak of Diamond Head, you actually climb through an old lookout installation, climbing steep stairs and crouching in concrete tunnels burrowed in the mountainside. To reach the absolute top, you actually crawl through the front of a pillbox and out onto its roof. And the views of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki beach are unmatched. This was a fun hike, and if you have little kids, the scramble through the pillbox at the end would likely be their favorite – but as the most popular hike on the island, it was very crowded, and very hot. Since you are on the “dry” side of the island and also in a volcanic crater, there is little in the way of foliage to shiel you from the powerful tropic sun. Bring water and a hat for this one.
We drove back home through Hawaii Kai, and along the East shore of the island. Once home, we enjoyed spending the rest of the day on the beach. Quite relaxing, if I do say so myself.