Saturday, January 19, 2008

Arrival in Waikiki

We made it to Hawaii, on the way to the Hawaiian Eye Conference on the Big Island. I love this place. We got in last night and walked out of the airport to catcha taxi to our Waikiki hotel, and were greeted by a limo. Did you know the meter is the same rate as a regular taxi? Nice.

Melonie and Emilly, with driver behind Mel.

Paparazzi shots

We got to our Waikiki hotel. Russ took off to meet up with an old friend for dinner. Mel and Emilly and I went down to Wolfgang Puck's and had pizza. One of Mel's cousins who works for medical referral came by and surprised her and the three of them headed out to see Honolulu, getting in after midnight.

I walked down the Waikiki strip, which I love. It's a place of everything. Every few feet there is some street "performer" (and I use the word loosely) trying to make some money. Here is a guy dressed in a monkey suit, standing on a crate, with his buddy playing the ukulele. Hey, you know this is America.

In the morning we walked around Waikiki in the daylight, picking up some souvenirs. Waikiki has to be the most famous beach in the world and one of the greatest tourist strips on the planet.

View from my hotel room

Statue of Duke

Saipanese Tourists in Waikiki

At the International Marketplace in Waikiki


Stephan said...

put a camera near Russ and thats what happens.....

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I worked at Wolfgang Pucks in Orlando for six years. Is the one in Oahu a full service restaurant or just and Express?

They used to make the best salmon I ever tasted.